At the Hockey India League players’ auction in New Delhi on Thursday, ace German playmaker Moritz Fuerste broke the hundred thousand dollar mark to be sold for $105,000 to Kalinga Lancers.
News agency IANS reports that the midfielder had a base price of $30,000 and Delhi Waveriders and Uttar Pradesh Wizards were leading the race in securing the two-time Olympic champion.
However, the Lancers entered the race much later, when the bid was in $90,000s, to steal Fuerste for the highest price of the morning which none of the bidders could match.
His compatriot Florian Fuchs was sold for the second highest price of the morning — $96,000 to Dabang Mumbai.
Earlier Lancers, Wizards and Mumbai were in the fight to secure the striker but Lancers soon pulled out, leaving only Wizards and Mumbai in the race. Eventually, Dabang beat Mumbai and took the 23-year-old striker.
Earlier, India captain Sardar Singh was sold to Jaypee Punjab Warriors for $58,000. Lancers and Punjab fought for this bid while Australian midfielder Kieran Govers was sold to Mumbai for $36,000.
Govers’ compatriot Flynn Ogilvie was sold for his base price of $10,000 while India’s Vikramjit Singh was sold for his base price of $4,500 to Ranchi Rays.