The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League auction is done and dusted and the picture is now clear and the squads of all the eight franchises are now confirmed. A whopping amount of Rs 140.30 Crore was spent by the franchises in order to acquire the services of the best players in the world.
As is always the case, the Australians were a huge attraction in the glitzy cash-rich affair. Pat Cummins- the World No.1 ranked Test bowler- set the Moneyball rolling as a furious bidding war ensued among the franchises. In the end, it was the Kolkata Knight Riders who acquired the services of Cummins for a whopping sum of Rs 15.50 crore.
So, how much did each of the franchises spent at the auction table? Here’s a look:
1. Chennai Super Kings
Purse- Rs 14.60 Crore
Amount Spent- Rs 14.45 Crore
The Super Kings only had to fill a few holes in their already settled squad. And, they did just that. The 2019 runners-up opted for the services of Josh Hazlewood [Rs 2 Crore], seam-bowling all-rounder as a backup for Dwayne Bravo, Sam Curran [Rs 5.5 Crore] besides further bolstering their spin department by racking up R. Sai Kishore [Rs 20 Lakh] and Piyush Chawla for an astounding figure of Rs 6.75 Crore.
2. Delhi Capitals
Purse- Rs 27.85 Crore
Amount Spent- Rs 18.85 Crore
The Capitals spent a total amount of Rs 18.85 Crore by roping in Jason Roy [Rs 1.5 Crore] wicketkeeping backup for Rishabh Pant, Alex Carey [Rs 2.4 Crore], a seam-bowling all-rounder as a replacement for Chris Morris, Chris Wokes [Rs 1.5 Crore] and Marcus Stoinis [Rs 4.8 Crore], West Indian tearaway batsman Shimron Hetmyer [Rs 7.75 Crore], Mohit Sharma [Rs 50 Lakh] and uncapped Indian players like Lalit Yadav [Rs 20 Lakh], Tushar Deshpande [Rs 20 Lakh].
3. Kings XI Punjab
Purse- Rs 42.7 Crore
Amount Spent- Rs 26.20 Crore
The Kings XI Punjab had the biggest purse to spend in the auctions, and naturally they turned out to be one of the highest spenders. The franchise shelled out Rs 10.75 Crore to acquire the services of Glenn Maxwell and a further Rs 8.5 Crore for fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, besides also opting for Deepak Hooda [Rs 50 Lakh], Ishan Porel [Rs 20 Lakh], Ravi Bishnoi [Rs 2 Crore], all-rounder James Neesham [Rs 50 Lakh], death-over specialist Chris Jordan [Rs 3 Crore], Tajinder Dhillon [Rs 20 Lakh] and Prabhsimran Singh [Rs 55 Lakh].
4. Kolkata Knight Riders
Purse- Rs 35.65 Crore
Amount Spent- Rs 27.15 Crore
If there is one franchise that would be chuffed to bits after the auction, it has got to be Kolkata Knight Riders. The Knight Riders shelled out a whopping sum of Rs 27.15 Crore at the auctions, out of which Rs 15.50 Crore were spent on Pat Cummins. Apart from Cummins, KKR also managed to grab the services of England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan [Rs 5.25 Crore].
After spending such a huge amount of money on two players, KKR were really smart as they got an absolute steal in the form of Tom Banton at his base price [Rs 1 Crore]. Other players that KKR opted for was opener Rahul Tripathi [Rs 60 lakh], spin-bowling backup in Varun Chakravarthy [Rs 4 Crore], Chris Green [Rs 20 Lakh], 48-year-old Praveen Tambe [Rs 20 Lakh], M Siddharth [Rs 20 Lakh] and Nikhil Naik [Rs 20 Lakh].
5. Mumbai Indians
Purse- Rs 13.05 Crore
Amount Spent- Rs 11.10 Crore
The defending champions had to tinker with just a few holes in their already formidable line-up. The franchise ropes in Nathan Coulter-Nile as a fast-bowling backup to Lasith Malinga for Rs 8 Crore, tearaway opener Chris Lynn at his base price of Rs 2 Crore, apart from opting for the likes of Saurabh Tiwary [Rs 50 Lakh], Mohsin Khan [Rs 20 Lakh], Digvijay Deshmukh [Rs 20 Lakh] and Balwant Rai Singh [Rs 20 Lakh]
6. Rajasthan Royals
Purse- Rs 28.90 Crore
Amount remaining – Rs 14.15 Crore
The Royals shelled out Rs 14.15 crore at the auction where they opted for the services of Robin Uthappa [Rs 3 Crore], Jaydev Unadkat [Rs 3 Crore], Yashasvi Jaiswal [Rs 2.4 Crore], Anuj Rawat (80 lakh), Akash Singh [Rs 20 Lakh], David Miller [Rs 75 Lakh], Karthik Tyagi [Rs 1.3 Crore], Oshane Thomas [Rs 50 lakh], Anirudha Joshi [Rs 1 lakh] Andrew Tye [Rs 1 Crore] and Tom Curran [Rs 1 Crore].
7. Sunrisers Hyderabad
Purse- Rs 17 Crore
Amount Spent- Rs 6.90 Crore
The Sunrisers opted for uncapped young Indian batsmen at the auction. The Orange Army bought India’s U19 captain Priyam Garg for Rs 1.9 Crore and Virat Singh for Rs 1.9 Crore besides opting for spin-bowling all-rounder in Fabian Allen [Rs 50 Lakh], seam-bowling all-rounder Mitchell Marsh [Rs 2 Crore] and uncapped Indian players like Abdul Samad [Rs 20 Lakh], Sandeep Bavanaka [Rs 20 Lakh] and Sanjay Yadav [Rs 20 Lakh]
8. Royal Challengers Bangalore
Purse- Rs 27.90 Crore
Amount Spent- Rs 21.50 Crore
As always, all eyes were on the RCB think-tank as to whether they’ll address the big holes that exist in their squad. The Challengers managed to claim the services of opener Aaron Finch [Rs 4.4 Crore] before shelling out a whopping Rs 10 Crore for the seam-bowling all-rounder Chris Morris, wicketkeeper-batsman Joshua Philippe [Rs 20 Lakh], Pavan Deshpande [Rs 20 Lakh] and Shahabaz Ahmed [Rs 20 Lakh].
The franchise also proceeded to grab the services of Dale Steyn [Rs 2 Crore], seam-bowling all-rounder Isuru Udana [Rs 50 Lakh] and Kane Richardson for Rs 4 Crore.
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