New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum feels the Indian Premier League is shifting emphasis away from foreigners and towards home-grown talent, judging from the number of unsold non-Indian at this year's IPL auction.

McCullum was just one of six Kiwis sold in the two days of bidding, and shockingly Ross Taylor had to wait until day two after being unsold the first day. He was eventually snapped up at a bargain price by Delhi Daredevils.

McCullum said during the second Test against India in Wellington, a day after being sold to Chennai: "It was a tough auction, their strategies have changed somewhat.

"It's probably now more of an actual Indian Premier League, which is what it was supposed to be, rather than spending frivolous cash on guys who are going to sit on the bench for most of these teams."

When asked about Anderson, who was quickly snapped up by the Mumbai Indians for a huge fee, McCullum said the all-rounder's recent form with the ball, and record breaking knocks, ensured a big price on his head.

He added: "Corey's obviously a commodity that everyone wanted. He's an exciting talent for us and I'm sure the education he's going to get, playing in the IPL will certainly increase his cricket awareness and knowledge in a short time."

Of the 154 players sold this week, less than a third were foreigners, though a umber of big names, like Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers, had been retained by their franchises.

The top two sales were Indian (Yuvraj Singh and Dinesh Karthik), while Kevin Pietersen went for less than anticipated, but was still the most expensive foreigner.