The auction for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 took place in Kolkata on Wednesday. As many as 338 players were shortlisted for the event and 62 players were sold. The franchises once again managed to surprise the fraternity with their picks. Pat Cummins proved to be the most expensive player as he was bought by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for a whopping amount of Rs 15.5 crore.
Glenn Maxwell and Chris Morris were the other expensive picks on the day with KXIP snapping the former for Rs 10.75 crore. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) shelled out Rs 10 crore for the South African all-rounder which was one of the most surprising picks of the event.
Sheldon Cottrell, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Shimron Hetmyer, Piyush Chawla, Eoin Morgan and Sam Curran were the other players who earned an IPL contract of more than Rs 5 crore. Marcus Stoinis was a late bloomer at the event with Delhi Capitals securing his services for Rs 4.8 crore having gone unsold earlier in the day.
All smiles for Dale Steyn in the end
Like it happened with Chris Gayle during the IPL 2018 auction when the Universe Boss’ name had come up thrice in the auction, Dale Steyn experienced the same. The veteran went unsold twice and finally when the auctioneer Hugh Edemeades requested for 10 final players list, the RCB bought Steyn for his base price of Rs 2 crore.
Tom Banton was the most attractive player ahead of the auction. But much to everyone’s surprise, literally no team bid for him and the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) got him for his base price and this could turn out to be an interesting pick for the franchise. Another surprising buy was made by the CSK who snapped up Aussie pacer Josh Hazlewood who has last played any kind of T20 game in March 2016.
A total of 73 slots were available in the auction and only 62 of them were filled with 30 of them being overseas players.
Here’s the list of sold players:
Chennai Super Kings: Sam Curran (Rs 5.5 crore), Piyush Chawla (Rs 6.75 crore), R Sai Kishore (20 lakh), Josh Hazlewood (Rs 2 crore)
Mumbai Indians: Chris Lynn (Rs 2 crore), Nathan Coulter-Nile (Rs 8 crore), Saurabh Tiwary (Rs 50 lakh), Mohsin Khan (Rs 20 lakh), Digvijay Deshmukh (Rs 20 lakh), Prince Balwant Rai Singh (Rs 20 lakh)
Delhi Capitals: Jason Roy (Rs 1.5 crore), Chris Woakes (Rs 1.5 crore), Alex Carey (Rs 2.4 crore), Mohit Sharma (Rs 50 lakh), Tushar Deshpande (Rs 20 lakh), Shimron Hetmyer (Rs 7.75 crore), Marcus Stoinis (Rs 4.8 crore), Lalit Yadav (Rs 20 lakh)
Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell (Rs 10.75 crore), Sheldon Cottrell (Rs 8.5 crore), Deepak Hooda (Rs 50 lakh), Prabhsimran Singh (Rs 55 lakh), Ishan Porel (Rs 20 lakh), Ravi Bishnoi (Rs 2 crore), James Neesham (Rs 50 lakh), Chris Jordan (Rs 3 crore), Tajinder Dhillon (Rs 20 lakh)
Kolkata Knight Riders: Eoin Morgan (Rs 5.25 crore), Pat Cummins (Rs 15.5 crore), Rahul Tripathi (60 lakh), Varun Chakravarthy (Rs 4 crore), M Siddharth (Rs 20 lakh), Chris Green (Rs 20 lakh), Nikhil Naik (Rs 20 lakh), Tom Banton (Rs 1 crore), Pravin Tambe (Rs 20 lakh)
Rajasthan Royals: Robin Uthappa (Rs 3 crore), Andrew Tye (Rs 1 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), Tom Curran (Rs 1 crore), Oshane Thomas (Rs 50 lakh), Anirudha Joshi (Rs 20 lakh)
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Aaron Finch (Rs 4.4 crore), Chris Morris (Rs 10 crore), Dale Steyn (Rs 2 crore), Pavan Deshpande (Rs 20 lakh), Shahbaz Ahamad (Rs 20 lakh), Joshua Phillipe (Rs 20 lakh), Isuru Udana (Rs 50 lakh), Kane Richardson (Rs 4 crore)
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Priyam Garg (Rs 1.9 crore), Virat Singh (Rs 1.9 crore), Mitchell Marsh (Rs 2 crore), Sandeep Bavanaka (Rs 20 lakh), Fabian Allen (Rs 50 lakh), Abdul Samad (Rs 20 lakh), Sanjay Yadav (Rs 20 lakh)
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