IPL 2020 auction is over. It almost went as expected but there were few surprises in store for one and all.
Mumbai gets Lynn
Australia’s power-hitter Chris Lynn was expected to attract good bids in the IPL 2020 auction but that did not happen. He was bought by Mumbai Indians (MI) at a base price of INR 2 crore. Chris Lynn the star player of Kolkata Knight Riders was released by them before the auction. A lot expected him to be bought by the team again but Mumbai had another plan.
Sheldon Cottrell and Shimron Hetmyer were the West Indian superheroes who were picked up for good deals. But their colleague Shai Hope had a poor outing. The technically correct batsman did not find any taker in the auction on December 19. Despite his present form the Test specialist tag probably went wrong for him.
Steyn gets home
Dale Steyn, veteran South Africa remained unsold for first two rounds. When his fans almost lost hope Royal Challengers Bangalore came to his rescue. They bought him in the third round for his base price of INR 2 crore.
History created by Cummins
Pat Cummins became part of history when Kolkata Knight Riders bought him for a whopping INR 15.50 crore at the IPL 2020 auction. Thus he became the most expensive overseas signing in IPL history by surpassing the previous record of Ben Stokes who had earned INR 14.50 crore from Rising Pune Supergiant spent in IPL 2017.
Surprise from KKR
Pravin Tambe, the oldest player in the auction pool was signed by Kolkata for his base price of INR 20 lakh. Tambe who debuted in IPL at the age of 41 for Rajasthan Royals is now 48 years old and his deal was a surprising one by KKR.
Unadkat to Royals, again
There were few names that nobody expected to get a bidder and Jaydev Unadkat was one of them. But he was bought back by Rajasthan Royals for INR 3 crore which was down from the earlier price he got from them. INR 8.4 crore.
Mumbai’s Yashasvi Jaiswal became the youngest to hit a List A double-century recently. He earned INR 2.4 crore when Rajasthan decided to spend 12 times his base price. Likewise, Sunrisers Hyderabad got India’s Under-19 World Cup captain Priyam Garg INR 1.9 crore.
Another spinner for Chennai
Chennai Super Kings added one more member to their spin department which already has Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Ravindra Jadeja, and Mitchell Santer. They bought Piyush Chawla who was released by Knight Riders before the auction for INR 6.75 crore.
Maxwell earns huge
Glenn Maxwell was another big earner in this auction and he was signed by Kings XI Punjab for INR 10.75 crore. The star player had a raising demand as shown by Punjab and Delhi Capitals during the auction.