The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 auction held in Kolkata saw a huge amount of money splashed, as this was the franchise’s final chance to fill their slots in all departments ahead of next season. Pat Cummins became the most expensive overseas purchase when Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) spent 15.50 crore on him. Glenn Maxwell too went for a hefty sum, with Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) shedding 10.75 crore on him. Both the Australian players had a base price of 2 crore.
In the initial set of players to go under the hammer, Chris Morris went to Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for 10 crore when his base price was just 1.5 crore. England captain Eoin Morgan and all-rounder Sam Curran were the other two major gainers going for 5.25 crore (KKR) and 5.50 crore (Chennai Super Kings) respectively.
Among the wicketkeepers, Australia's Alex Carey was the biggest gainer as Delhi Capitals (DC) shelled out 2.4 crore, while Sheldon Cottrell (8.50 crore to KKR), Nathan Coulter-Nile (8 crore to MI) and Piyush Chawla (6.75 crore to CSK) were the other major beneficiaries among the bowlers. Another budding star Shimron Hetmyer, who RCB bought for just 4.20 crore in the previous edition, was snapped up by DC for 7.75 crore.
Among the uncapped cricketers, mystery spinner Varun Chakaravarthy was taken by KKR for 4 crore from a base price of 30 lakh. In the 2019 auction, he got the entire cricket fraternity talking when KXIP bought him for a whopping 8.40 crore, making him the most expensive uncapped player in IPL. The youngest player to score a List A double century, Yashasvi Jaiswal, who will be part of the ICC Under-19 World Cup in January 2020, too fetched a big sum of 2.4 crore.
Some of the prominent cricketers who went unsold were Evin Lewis, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill and Kesrick Williams.
Here is the updated squad for all teams:
RCB: Virat Kohli (c), AB de Villiers, Aaron Finch, Devdutt Padikkal, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kane Richardson, Dale Steyn, Isuru Udana, Moeen Ali, Pawan Negi, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar, Chris Morris, Pavan Deshpande, Parthiv Patel, Joshua Philippe, Shahbaz Ahamad, Gurkeerat Singh
Total amount spent in IPL 2020 auction: 21.5 crore
CSK: Narayan Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, KM Asif , Ravindra Jadeja, M Vijay, MS Dhoni (c), Josh Hazlewood ,Kedar Jadhav, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Piyush Chawla, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, Imran Tahir , Deepak Chahar, Faf du Plessis, Shardul Thakur, Mitchell Santner, Dwayne Bravo, Lungi Ngidi, Sam Curran, Monu Kumar, Shane Watson, Sai Kishore
Total amount spent in IPL 2020 auction: 14.45 crore
SRH: Kane Williamson (c), David Warner, Manish Pandey, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Siddharth Kaul, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Mitchell Marsh, Fabian Allen, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Sanjay Yadav, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Fabian Allen, Shreevats Goswami, Bavanaka Sandeep.
Total amount spent in IPL 2020 auction: 6.9 crore
KKR: Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (c), Harry Gurney, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Varun Chakravarthy, Tom Banton, Rahul Tripathi, Chris Green, M Siddharth, Pravin Tambe, Nikhil Naik
Total amount spent in IPL 2020 auction: 27.15 crore
RR: Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Riyan Parag, Steve Smith, Robin Uthappa, David Miller, Ankit Rajpoot, Mayank Markande, Jofra Archer, Shreyas Gopal, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat, Kartik Tyagi, Akash Singh, Oshane Thomas, Andrew Tye, Ben Stokes, Rahul Tewatia, Shashank Singh, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anirudha Joshi, Tom Curran, Jos Buttler, Sanju Samson, Anuj Rawat
Total amount spent in IPL 2020 auction: 14.15 crore
DC: Shreyas Iyer (c), Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, Jason Roy, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Keemo Paul, Mohit Sharma, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Marcus Stoinis, Chris Woakes, Rishabh Pant, Alex Carey, Shimron Hetmyer, Tushar Deshpande
Total amount spent in IPL 2020 auction: 18.85 crore
MI: Rohit Sharma (c), Sherfane Rutherford, Suryakumar Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Mohsin Khan, Prince Balwant Rai Singh, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Anukul Roy, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Ishan Kishan, Quinton de Kock, Aditya Tare
Total amount spent in IPL 2020 auction: 11.1 crore
KXIP: Tajinder Dhillon, Darshan Nalkande, Arshdeep Singh, Prabhsimran Singh, Harpreet Brar, Ravi Bishnoi, Chris Jordan, Glenn Maxwell, James Neesham, Hardus Viljeon, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Mandeep Singh, Karun Nair, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell, J Suchith, Sarfaraz Khan, Nicholas Pooran, Ishan Porel, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Deepak Hooda
Total amount spent in IPL 2020 auction: 26.2 crore