338 Players available. 62 players sold. 64 players unsold. 212 players’ name didn’t even come up. This is how the IPL 2020 auction can be summed up in a nut-shell. It was yet another glittering event where the overseas players ruled the roost with Pat Cummins being the most expensive player. He also became the second most expensive ever in the IPL auction history.
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) entered into the bidding war late after his price crossed the Rs 14 crore mark and managed to secure Cummins’ services for a whopping amount of Rs 15.5 crore. Other decent picks from the team were Eoin Morgan and Chris Green while Tom Banton was a steal deal for the Dinesh Karthik-led side. Overall, they now have 23 players in the squad and are left with Rs 8.5 crore.
Glenn Maxwell was the next one to spark a lot of bids among the teams and the Kings XI Punjab splurged Rs 10.75 crore for him. Another big pick from them was of Sheldon Cottrell who was bought for a very good amount of Rs 8.5 crore. James Neesham and Chris Jordan were the other bargain buys for the franchise as the KXIP completed their quota of 25 players in the squads and were still left with Rs 16.5 crore in their purse.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) surprised everyone by going all-out for Chris Morris. They literally spent Rs 10 crore on the all-rounder and then snapped up Australia’s T20 skipper Aaron Finch. Late in the event, they also bagged Isuru Udana and Dale Steyn smartly when not many teams were interested in the proceedings. Rather the last few picks which also included young and exciting Joshua Phillipe saved the day for the Virat Kohli-led side.
CSK bought least players but surprised many
The Chennai Super Kings’ squad was almost settled coming into the auction and they were quite for the most parts of the auction which wasn’t surprising. However, when they raised the baton to bid, many were left stunned. They shelled out Rs 6.75 crore for Piyush Chawla after already spending Rs 5.5 crore for Sam Curran. They also picked Josh Hazlewood who last played in any T20 game back in March 2016.
The Delhi Capitals (DC) also fared well at the auction buying the likes of Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Roy, Alex Carey and Marcus Stoinis among the eight players they picked. The Rajasthan Royals focussed a lot on strengthening their bowling attack while also got hold of young Yashasvi Jaiswal winning the bidding war against the Mumbai Indians (MI).
The four-time champions Mumbai Indians picked only six players in the auction spending most of their purse on Nathan Coulter-Nile. Chris Lynn was another big pick from them and then the franchise concentrated on Indian uncapped players. Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) were calculative in their approach during the whole event and they didn’t go after any of the top players.
The Orange Army added the likes of Priyam Garg, Virat Singh and Mitchell Marsh among four other players to their squad for the upcoming IPL season.
Here are full squads and purse left with each team:
Chennai Super Kings
Purse: Rs 15 lakh
Squad: Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, N Jagadeesan (wk), M Vijay, Ruturaj Gaikwad, MS Dhoni (wk), Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Kedar Jadhav, Mitchell Santner, Monu Singh, Sam Curran, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Piyush Chawla, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, KM Asif, Josh Hazlewood.
Purse: Rs 9 crore
Squad: Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Jason Roy, Rishabh Pant (wk), Alex Carey (wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Chris Woakes, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Keemo Paul, Avesh Khan, Mohit Sharma, Tushar Deshpande.
Kings XI Punjab
Purse: Rs 16.5 crore
Squad: KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Mandeep Singh, Prabhsimran Singh (wk), Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, James Neesham, Chris Jordan, Murugan Ashwin, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, K. Gowtham, J. Suchith, Harpreet Brar, Ravi Bishnoi, Tajinder Dhillon, Mohammed Shami, Hardus Viljoen, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Sheldon Cottrell, Ishan Porel.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Purse: 8.5 crore
Squad: Shubman Gill, Siddesh Lad, Rahul Tripathi, Tom Banton (wk), Nikhil Naik, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rinku Singh, Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Nitish Rana, Chris Green, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Varun Chakravarthy, M Siddharth, Pravin Tambe, Harry Gurney, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Pat Cummins
Purse: Rs 1.95 crore
Squad: Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Quinton de Kock (wk), Aditya Tare (wk), Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Kieron Pollard, Ishan Kishan, Sherfane Rutherford, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Prince Balwant Rai, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Trent Boult, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mitchell McClenaghan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mohsin Khan, Digvijay Deshmukh
Purse: 14.75 crore
Squad: Jos Buttler (wk), Steve Smith, Sanju Samson (wk), Manan Vohra, Robin Uthappa, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat (wk), Riyan Parag, David Miller, Ben Stokes, Mahipal Lomror, Shashank Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mayank Markande, Anirudha Joshi, Jofra Archer, Ankit Rajpoot, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Akash Singh, Kartik Tyagi, Oshane Thomas, Tom Curran, Andrew Tye
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Purse: Rs 6.4 crore
Squad: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Parthiv Patel (wk), Aaron Finch, Joshua Philippe (wk), Shahbaz Ahamad (wk), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Pavan Deshpande, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Isuru Udana, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Kane Richardson, Dale Steyn
Purse: Rs 10.10 crore
Squad: David Warner, Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow (wk), Manish Pandey, Sreevats Goswami (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Sanjay Yadav, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Mitchell Marsh, Sandeep Bavanaka, Abdul Samad, Rashid Khan, Shahbaz Nadeem, Fabian Allen, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Basil Thampi, T. Natarajan, Billy Stanlake
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