Kevin Pietersen is rejoining the Delhi Daredevils for the forthcoming IPL

Kevin Pietersen has been bought by the Delhi Daredevils for £880,000 during the annual player auction in Bangalore and will play for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014.

The 33 year old was recently released from England’s national team and will be available for the duration of the eight-team tournament which begins on April 5. He had the third highest price of the day. Yuvraj Singh of India was bought for £1.37m and Dinesh Karthik was bought for £1.2m.

Last month, Delhi opted not to retain Pietersen, however, with the help of ‘right to match card’ system, they were still in a strong position to recapture him at the auction. This system allows franchisees to equal the highest bid for one of their former player at the auction. So, when Sunrisers Hyderabad put forward £880,000 for Pietersen, Delhi was able to offer the same and win the bid.

English cricketer - Kevin Pietersen

English cricketer – Kevin Pietersen

Some had expected Pietersen to a higher price. Australia’s limited-over batsman, Aaron Finch, who will play for Hyderabad, said, “I think Delhi have got an absolute bargain there”.

Even Pietersen tweeted: “Morning. So happy to be back with the Delhi family. Lovely start to the day”.

In 21 IPL matches, Pietersen has averaged 42.26 with the bat with a highest score of 103. He goes into the tournament as one of the highest profile players after the completion of the third most lucrative deal of the auction.

England players Ian Bell, Ravi Bopara, Alex Hales and Luke Wright were all unsold in the auction indicating that they will play for their respective counties during the opening months of the domestic season.

Eoin Morgan of Middlesex withdrew from the IPL auction earlier this week in order to stake a claim to replace Pietersen in the England team.

After returning from the IPL, Pietersen will play for Surrey in the T20 Blast although he could also play in other competitions including Division Two of the County Championship.