The Indian Premier League (IPL) Auction 2020 was held in Kolkata on Thursday. Several international stars received mega bids as franchises went the distance to get them. Most of the mega international names that were expected to garner mega bids in the IPL Auction 2020, went on to do well.
Australia’s star fast bowler Pat Cummins was bought by two-time IPL winners, Kolkata Knight Riders, for Rs. 15.50 crore. The Aussie sensation became the costliest foreigner ever in the IPL history. He surpassed the mark of Ben Stokes (14.5 crores), who was picked by Rising Pune Supergiant in 2017.
Another Australian cricketer Glenn Maxwell was sold to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 10.75 crore. The all-rounder, who recently returned from a mental health break, is set to feature in the upcoming Big Bash League. KXIP went all the way to get in Maxi, who had earlier played a major role here.
Besides these two Australian superstars, several other names bagged mega bids. The likes of Shimron Hetmyer (Rs. 7.75 crores) was roped in by Delhi Capitals. Nathan Coulter-Nile bagged a staggering Rs 8 crore after being taken by Mumbai Indians. South African senior all-rounder Chris Morris was purchased by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 10 crore.
Other solid guns in the form of Sheldon Cottrell (Rs 8.85 crore – Kings XI Punjab), Aaron Finch (Rs 4.50 crore – Royal Challengers Bangalore), Sam Curran (Rs 5.50 crore – Chennai Super Kings) and Eoin Morgan (Rs 5.25 crore – Kolkata Knight Riders) were also among the maximum gainers in the IPL Auction 2020.
Besides these players, many uncapped Indian players drew massive bids. Varun Chakravarthy led the way with Rs 4 crore after being bought by KKR.
Here we bring the complete story of the IPL Auction 2020.
Top Buys in IPL Auction 2020
|Kolkata Knight Riders||Pat Cummins||All-Rounder||Rs 15,50,00,000|
|Kings XI Punjab||Glenn Maxwell||All-Rounder||Rs 10,75,00,000|
|Royal Challengers Bangalore||Chris Morris||All-Rounder||Rs 10,00,00,000|
|Kings XI Punjab||Sheldon Cottrell||Bowler||Rs 8,50,00,000|
|Mumbai Indians||Nathan Coulter-Nile||Bowler||Rs8,00,00,000|
|Delhi Capitals||Shimron Hetmyer||Batsman||₹Rs 7,75,00,000|
|Chennai Super Kings||Piyush Chawla||Bowler||Rs 6,75,00,000|
|Chennai Super Kings||Sam Curran||All-Rounder||Rs 5,50,00,000|
Top Uncapped buys in IPL Auction 2020
Kolkata Knight Riders
|Varun Chakravarthy||Bowler||Rs 4 crore|
|Yashasvi Jaiswal||Batsman||Rs 2.40 crore|
Kings XI Punjab
|Ravi Bishnoi||Bowler||Rs 2 crore|
|Priyam Garg||Batsman||Rs 1.90 crore|
|Virat Singh||Bastman||Rs 1.90 crore|
Cummins and Morgan lead the line for KKR in IPL Auction 2020
KKR will be ecstatic regarding the business they did in the IPL Auction 2020. Cummins comes in and lifts up the bowling department. He is world-class and can make a difference for the eastern giants. It was a smart move by KKR to get in the Aussie sensation. In Morgan, KKR gets an experienced leader in the ranks. The Englishman led England to the 2019 World Cup glory.
He lifts that middle order for KKR. Besides these two superstars, KKR got in the young Tom Banton of England, who is a fine option at the top, was roped in by the side for Rs 1 crore.
Players bought by KKR – Pat Cummins (Rs. 15.50 crore), Eoin Morgan (Rs. 5.25 crore), Tom Banton (Rs. 1 crore), Chris Green (Rs. 20 lakh), Varun Chakravarthy (Rs. 4 crore), Pravin Tambe (Rs. 20 lakh), Rahul Tripathi (Rs. 60 lakh), M Siddarth (Rs. 20 lakh), Nikhil Naik (Rs. 20 lakh).
Balanced CSK go for experience and utility
Chennai Super Kings did not need major tweaks as they had a well-sorted side. With whatever purse they had, the side roped in strong names in the form of Sam Curran and Josh Hazlewood.
Meanwhile, veteran Piyush Chawla is another experienced spinner added to their pool of spinners for CSK. CSK spent big on these three players and will be satisfied.
Players bought by CSK – Sam Curran (Rs. 5.5 crores), Piyush Chawla (Rs. 6.75 crores), Josh Hazlewood (Rs. 2 crores), Sai Kishore (Rs. 20 lakh).
RCB go big with some key foreign recruits
IPL strugglers Royal Challengers Bangalore did a fair job. The Virat Kohli-led side got the depth atop by signing Finch. They also decided to go big on an all-rounder and got Chris Morris, who has plenty of experience in the IPL. Two premium pacers in the form of Kane Richardson and Dale Steyn were big arrivals. Isuru Udana adds further depth.
Players bought by RCB – Aaron Finch (Rs. 4.50 crore), Chris Morris (Rs. 10 crore), Kane Richardson (Rs. 4 crore), Joshua Philippe (Rs. 20 lakh), Pavan Deshpande (Rs. 20 lakh), Dale Steyn (Rs. 2 crore), Shahbaz Ahamad (Rs. 20 lakh), Isuru Udana (Rs. 50 lakh).
DC go for massive depth in foreign ranks
Delhi Capitals got bargain deals in the form of Jason Roy and Chris Woakes. The former will be a supporting cast given the established Indian names in the top order. Hetmyer was the headline purchase for DC and he can add power in that middle order. Marcus Stoinis and Alex Carey were also roped in as strong support cast. Woakes is a solid buy and gives them options.
Players bought by DC – Jason Roy (Rs. 1.50 crore), Chris Woakes (Rs. 1.50 crore), Marcus Stoinis (Rs. 4 crore), Alex Carey (Rs. 2.4 crore), Shimron Hetmyer (Rs. 7.75 crore), Tushar Deshpande (Rs. 20 lakh), Mohit Sharma (Rs. 50 lakh), Lalit Yadav (Rs. 20 lakh).
KXIP pull out mega deals for Maxwell and Cottrell
Anil Kumble-coached Kings XI Punjab roped in Glenn Maxwell and Sheldon Cottrell for big money. These two were always going to be the ones to watch out for and the predictions worked. They will be KXIP’s main two assets in the starting XI as the season progresses. In Jimmy Neesham, KXIP gets a solid all-rounder and in Chris Jordan, an experienced pacer comes in at the ranks.
Players bought by KXIP – Glenn Maxwell (Rs. 10.75 crore), Sheldon Cottrell (Rs. 8.5 crore), Deepak Hooda (Rs. 50 lakh), Ishan Porel (Rs. 20 lakh), Ravi Bishnoi (Rs. 2 crore), Jimmy Neesham (Rs. 50 lakh), Chris Jordan (Rs. 3 crore), T Dhillon (Rs. 20 lakh), P Singh (Rs. 20 lakh).
RR get a decent job done with many youngsters in the mix
RR was busy and got 10 players in the IPL Auction 2020. The headline buys were Indian duo Robin Uthappa and the familiar Jaydev Unadkat. Tom Curran comes in as a handy pacer in the ranks. Oshane Thomas was a strong bargain deal. The purchase of David Miller in the middle order will give them confidence. He too came at a bargain price.
Players bought by RR – Robin Uthappa (Rs. 3 crore), Jaydev Unadkat (Rs. 3 crore), Yashasvi Jaiswal (Rs. 2.4 crore), Anuj Rawat(Rs. 80 lakh), Akash Singh (Rs. 20 lakh), Kartik Tyagi (Rs. 1.3 crore), David Miller (Rs. 75 lakh), Oshane Thomas (Rs. 50 lakh), Tom Curran (Rs. 1 crore), A Joshi (Rs. 20 lakh).