Indian Premier League (IPL) boasts of changing cricketers’ lives by showering them with huge contracts. Every year the fans witness cricketers racking up huge bucks at the auctions and the IPL 2020 auction wasn’t an exception either. Pat Cummins made headlines this year as he became the most expensive overseas buy in the history of IPL auctions.
Besides Cummins, a lot of other cricketers, who went under the hammers, made huge money. Given the scarcity of fast-bowlers in the Indian domestic cricket circuit, overseas seamers made a quite a fortune at the auctions.
In this article, we look at the most expensive players of each franchise in the 2020 IPL Auctions:
8. Sunrisers Hyderabad: Mitchell Marsh- INR 2 Crore
Sunrisers Hyderabad didn’t spend a lot of money at the auctions. Mitchell Marsh was the most expensive buy for the franchise. He was added in the squad for INR 2 crores at the auctions.
7. Rajasthan Royals: Robin Uthappa- INR 3 crore
Ahead of 2020 auctions, KKR released a lot of players and Robin Uthappa, too, was amongst them. Rajasthan Royals bought Uthappa’s services for 3 crores at the auctions. Given the franchise have a lot of top-order batsmen in their unit, it will be interesting to see at which position Uthappa will bat at in IPL 2020.
6. Chennai Super Kings: Piyush Chawla- INR 6.5 crore
Perhaps, the most surprising bid of 2019 IPL auctions was Piyush Chawla. The leg spinner was a vital cog in Kolkata Knight Riders’ side for many years. However, IPL 2020 auctions saw the franchise buying the leggie for a whopping sum of 6.5 crores. Chawla is likely to prosper this year for CSK in the spin-friendly conditions of UAE.
5. Delhi Capitals- Shimron Hetmyer- INR 7.75 Crore
Delhi Capitals’ most expensive buy came in the form of Shimron Hetmyer. The franchise bought him for 7.75 Crores. The West Indies batsman is likely to play the role of a finisher for DC, this year.
4. Mumbai Indians: Nathan Coulter Nile- INR 8 crore
Given that Lasith Malinga has pulled out of IPL 2020, Nathan Coulter-Nile could well be a great option to complement Bumrah in Mumbai’s playing eleven. The franchise bought his services for INR 8 crore.
3. Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Morris – INR 10 crore
RCB’s inability to bowl well at the death has been on display for a few years now. In a bid to buy an experienced death bowler, RCB snapped all-rounder Chris Morris for a whopping amount of INR 10 Crore.
2. Kings Eleven Punjab: Glenn Maxwell- INR 10.75 Crore
In a bid to add a finisher in their squad, both Kings Eleven Punjab and Delhi Capitals showed keen interest in buying the services of Australia’s Glen Maxwell. After a fierce bidding war, Kings Eleven Punjab eventually bought him for INR 10.75 Crore.
1. Kolkata Knight Riders: Pat Cummins – INR 15.5 Crore
The cricket world was left stunned at the 2020 auction when Pat Cummins was snapped for a whopping sum of INR 15.5 Crore. Initially, RCB and DC showed interest in the Australian pacer. However, KKR later entered the contest and bought him for an unbelievable price. With that signing, he became the most expensive overseas buy in the history of IPL auctions.