Mumbai Indians (MI) owner Akash Ambani (L) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) coach Stephen Fleming at an interaction with media during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 player auction, in Kolkata. Photo: PTIAustralia cricket team pace spearhead Pat Cummins became the most expensive foreign player in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL) as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) bagged him for a whopping Rs 15.5 crore in IPL 2020 auction held in Kolkata on Thursday.
Cummins' bidding price went past England all-rounder Ben Stokes' previous record auction bid of Rs 14.5 crore, made at the IPL 2017 auctions.
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The Australian pacer also became the second-most-expensive player in the history of IPL auctions, next only to Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, who had been signed by the Delhi franchise (then Delhi Daredevils, now Delhi Capitals) for Rs 16 crore in the 2015 season.
Initially, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals were locked in a bidding war for Cummins, who had a base price of Rs 2 crore. The bid swiftly soared past Rs 5 crore, with RCB briefly in the lead at Rs 5.25 crore. Cummins eventually returned to KKR for a jaw-dropping Rs 15.5 crore.
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who had a base price of Rs 2 crore, was bought by Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) after a fierce bidding war with Delhi capitals for Rs 10.75 crore. Chris Morris, the third-most-expensive, was grabbed for Rs 10 crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).
England all-rounder Sam Curran, who played for Kings XI last season, went to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for Rs 5.50 crore. Yusuf Pathan, Stuart Binny, Martin Guptill, Carlos Brathwaite and Colin Munro were among the prominent names that went unsold. England's World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan and Australia's limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch were snapped by KKR and RCB, respectively, for Rs 5.25 crore and Rs 4.40 crore.
Here is the full list of players sold in IPL players' auction for the 2020 edition:
Dale Steyn: Bought by RCB at his base price of Rs 2 cr
Andrew Tye: Bought by RR at his base price of Rs 1 cr
Isuru Udana: Bought by RCB at his base price of Rs 50 lakh
Tom Curran: Bought by RR at his base price of Rs 1 cr
Nikhil Nayak: Bought by KKR at his base price of Rs 20 lakh
Shahbaz Ahmad: Bought by RCB at his base price of Rs 20 lakh
Lalit Yadav: Bought by DC at his base price of Rs 20 lakh
Mohsin Khan: Bought by MI at his base price of Rs 20 lakh
Mohit Sharma: Bought by DC at his base price of Rs 50 lakh
Pavan Deshpande: Bought by RCB at his base price of Rs 20 lakh
Prabhsimran Singh: Bought by KXIP for RS 55 lakh
Tushar Deshpande: Bought by DC at his base price of Rs 20 lakh
R Sai Kishore: Bought by CSK at his base price of Rs 20 lakh
Marcus Stoinis: Bought by DC for Rs 4.80 cr
Chris Green: Bought by KKR Rs 20 lakh
Joshua Philippe: Bought by RCB at his base price of Rs 20 lakh
Tom Banton: Bought by KKR at his base price of Rs 1 cr
Fabian Allen: Bought by SRH at his base price of Rs 50 lakh
Chris Jordan: Bought by KXIP for Rs 3 cr
Kane Richardson: Bought by RCB for Rs 4 cr
Oshane Thomas: Bought by RR at his base price of Rs 50 lakh
Pravin Tambe: Bought by KKR at his base price of Rs 20 lakh
Tajinder Dhillon: Bought by KXIP at his base price of Rs 20 lakh
Abdul Samad: Bought by SRH at his base price of Rs 20 lakh
Anirudha Joshi: Bought by RR at his base price of Rs 20 lakh
Digvijay Deshmukh: Bought by MI at his base price of Rs 20 lakh
Prince Balwant Rai Singh: Bought by MI at his base price of Rs 20 lakh
Sanjay Yadav: Bought by SRH at his base price of Rs 20 lakh
Sandeep Bhavanaka: Bought by SRH at his base price of Rs 20 lakh
Shimron Hetmyer: Bought by DC for Rs 7.75 cr
David Miller: Bought by RR at the base price of Rs 75 lakh
Saurabh Tiwary: Bought by MI at the base price of Rs 50 lakh
Mitchell Marsh: Bought by SRH at the base price of Rs 2 crore
James Neesham: Bought by KXIP at the base price of Rs 50 lakh
Josh Hazlewood: Bought by CSK at the base price of Rs 2 crore
Rahul Tripathi (uncapped): Bought by KKR for Rs 60 lakh
Virat Singh (uncapped): Bought by SRH for Rs 1.9 cr
Priyam Garg (uncapped): Bought by SRH for Rs 1.9 cr
Deepak Hooda (uncapped): Bought by KXIP for Rs 50 lakh
Varun Chakravarthy (uncapped): Bought by KKR for Rs 4 cr
Yashasvi Jaiswal (uncapped): Bought by RR for Rs 2.4 cr
Anuj Rawat (uncapped): Bought by RR for Rs 80 lakh
Akash Singh (uncapped): Bought by RR at the base price of Rs 20 lakh
Kartik Tyagi (uncapped): Bought by RR for Rs 1.3 cr
Ishan Porel (uncapped): Bought by KXIP at the base price of Rs 20 lakh
M Siddharth (uncapped): Bought by KKR at the base price of Rs 20 lakh
Ravi Bishnoi (uncapped): Bought by KXIP for Rs 2 cr
Pat Cummins: Most expensive so far: Bought by KKR for Rs 15.5 cr
Glenn Maxwell: Bought by KXIP for Rs 10.75 cr
Aaron Finch: Bought by RCB for Rs 4.4 cr
Jason Roy: Bought by DC at base price of Rs 1.5 cr
Eoin Morgan: Bought by KKR for Rs 5.25 cr
Chris Lynn: Bought by MI at base price of Rs 2 cr
Sam Curran: Bought by CSK for Rs 5.5 cr
Chris Morris: Bought by RCB for Rs 10 cr
Robin Uthappa: Bought by RR for Rs 3 cr
Chris Woakes: Bought by DC at base price of Rs 1.5 cr
Alex Carey: Bought by DC for Rs 2.4 cr
Jaydev Unadkat: Bought by RR for Rs 3 cr
Nathan Coulter-Nile: Bought by MI for Rs 8 cr
Sheldon Cottrell: Bought by KXIP for Rs 8.5 cr
Piyush Chawla: Bought by CSK for Rs 6.75 cr
This is how the remaining individual purse of the eight teams looks after the auction:
The Hyderabad franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), have released five of their players from last season, ahead of the IPL 2020 auction.
The players released to the auction pool are Yusuf Pathan, Martin Guptill, Deepak Hooda, Ricky Bhui and Shakib Al Hasan. SRH have retained 18 players, including youngsters Abhishek Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed and Sandeep Sharma. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
Full list of players retained, released by Mumbai Indians
Indian Premier League (IPL) defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) have released 12 of their players from last season ahead of IPL 2020 players’ auction, to be held in Kolkata on Dec 19. They have retained 18 players.
The Mumbai franchise retained their core team, including veteran Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga, despite his fitness issues. Among the 12 released players, Evin Lewis, Jason Behrendoff and Alzarri Joseph were the most prominent ones as they made some match-winning contributions last season. Lewis had given a flying start to the team during the powerplay in several matches, while Behrendoff had taken 6 wickets against Rajasthan Royals in a low-scoring game to provide his team a crucial win last season. Yuvraj Singh, who retired from all forms of cricket, including IPL, earlier this year, has also been released by MI. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
Full list of players retained and released by KKR
The Kolkata franchise of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Kolkata Knight Riders, did not have a great run last season, having failed to make the playoffs on the basis of net run rate (NRR). This time, they have released some of their key foreign players and pressed the reset button ahead of IPL 2020 players’ auction, to be held in Kolkata on December 19.
KKR have released 10 players and retained 13. Among the released players are hard-hitting Australian batsman Chris Lynn, West Indian Carlos Braithwaite, Englishman Joe Denly, and South African pacer Anrich Nortje. Last season’s vice-captain Robin Uthappa and spin bowler Piyush Chawla, both of whom were with the team for long, have also been let go. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
Player to look forward
The Australian limited-overs captain is again likely to be on top of Kings XI Punjab's list as a leader. Finch is also an explosive opener who, once gets going, can give a team a great start. He can also be part of the leadership group in any side and provide his key inputs.
Stephen Fleming's message to CSK fans ahead of IPL 2020 auction
He might seem to be over the hill and was released by Kolkata Knight Riders ahead of the auction after a quiet 2019 season. But Uthappa might still be of interest to many franchises owing to their needs and the right-hander's ability to play big shots at the top of the order. Uthappa is a clean hitter of the cricket ball and also comes in with a lot of IPL experience.
Top 5 batsmen who could trigger a bidding war on Dec 19
Released by Kolkata Knight Riders, Lynn will still have many suitors owing to his destructive nature at the top of the order and has a steep base price of Rs2 crore. Lynn holds the record of most sixes in Big Bash League history with 123 maximums and is also two runs adrift of the most runs scored (1947 by Michael Klinger) in the tournament's history. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
Top 5 bowlers who could trigger a bidding war on Dec 19
In T20 cricket, it is the bowlers who are tasked to keep the batsmen quiet and also get through crucial overs without conceding too many runs. When the eight teams sit down for the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction in Kolkata on Thursday, they will have all those qualities in mind including the ability to take wickets when they look to bag the best on offer. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
Top five all-rounders who could trigger a bidding war
All-rounders have always sold like hotcakes when it comes to Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions. The T20 format paves way for those who 'multi-task' to be more in demand and on Thursday, when IPL 2020 auction of the lucrative franchise league auction takes place here, it won't be any different. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
IPL 2020 auction: Kohli to Smith, best-paid Indian Premier League players
The player auction for the 13th edition of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) will take place in Kolkata on Thursday (December 19). Ahead of the auction, the eight IPL franchises released some of their players from last season; the 72 vacant spots thus created will be filled through a bidding process on Thursday.
Even as many big names of the game queue up to be picked up in the IPL 2020 auction, Business Standard lists the cricketers who drew the biggest pay cheque in IPL 2019.
The richest from last season was India cricket team captain Virat Kohli, who has been representing Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) since the inaugural season of the IPL, with a salary of Rs 17 crore. He was followed by former Indian captain MS Dhoni, young wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and Team India vice-captain (limited overs) Rohit Sharma, at Rs 15 crore each. READ FULL ARTICLE HERE
Really excited for the #IPLAuction tonight. We'll look at two batters, potentially an all rounder and two fast bowlers. We've got a strong contingent of Indian players already so our main goal is to get the best players available. @DelhiCapitals
The auction for the 2020 Indian Premier League (IPL) season is less than one hour away and all stakeholders are in the home stretch as far planning for the event is concerned.
Newly appointed Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) head coach Brendon McCullum said that he is hoping for some luck to assist them in all the preparations they have made thus far.
"On the way to Kolkata for the IPL Player Auction. Our KKR squad will be completed in just a couple of days' time. All the planning and preparations behind the scenes will require some luck come auction night. Here's hoping the cards fall our way," he tweeted on Tuesday.
Dinesh Karthik, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill and Lockie Ferguson are among the players that KKR have retained going into the auction.
Former New Zealand captain McCullum, who famously scored a whirlwind 158 while playing for KKR in the first ever IPL match in 2008, was announced as head coach of the franchise on August 15.
KKR's decision to release T20 specialist Chris Lynn has come in for a lot of criticism and it will be interesting to see if they manage to buy him back at the auction on Thursday.
Before IPL auctions, Kohli says will cover all bases
Ahead of IPL 2020 auction, Virat Kohli said Royal Challengers Bangalore will have all their bases covered. RCB fans have endured a difficult few years since their side finished second in 2016. In the three years since RCB have finished last in the league table twice.
Two days before the auctions, to be held in Kolkata, Kohli had a message for all RCB fans.
"We've had a few discussions to build a team around, strong core that we already have and we assure you that we are going to cover all the bases that are required and build a very strong team to have a really good season in 2020," Kohli said in a video uploaded by his franchise.
"So, as I said get behind the team and your support has always been priceless for us and will be crucial forever and ever till we play the sport. So, thank you very much, and looking forward to the auction. Find out what's going to happen on December 19," he said.
Kohli will look to lead RCB to its maiden triumph in the upcoming Indian Premier League, and urged fans to keep backing them.
"As you all know for the upcoming season the auctions coming up as well and I want all of you to rally behind the team, the management group, Mike (Hesson) and Simon (Katich) are doing a tremendous job," he said.
IPL 2020 auction: Australians in fray
The auction features five Australians -- Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell. The five, along with South African Dale Steyn and Sri Lankan Angelo Mathews, are in the highest bracket of Rs 2 crore.
Kesrick Williams, base price Rs 50 lakh
West Indian, medium-pacer Kesrick Williams, who troubled India skipper Virat Kohli with his variations in the T20 International series, is also expected to trigger intense bidding with a base price of Rs 50 lakh.
Shimron Hetmyer, base price: Rs 50 lakh
The Guyanese southpaw, with a base price of Rs 50 lakh, was also the highest run-getter in the preceding T20I series -- 120 in three matches at a strike-rate of 151.89.
WI, Aus stars in focus but youngsters set to be top draws at IPL auction
The spotlight will be on swashbucklers from the West Indies and Australia but some lesser-known youngsters could walk away with the big deals at the IPL players' auction here on Thursday where the franchises are expected to be restrained in spending.
The 13th edition of the lucrative franchise league will have added significance as 2020 is also a T20 World Cup year.
At 14 years and 350 days, Afghanistan's Noor Ahmad is the youngest name in auction pool. The left-arm chinaman, with a base price of Rs 30 lakh, may join the likes of Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi to play for the high-profile franchise league.
Noor was impressive in the Under-19 one-day series against India recently, picking up nine wickets and with the teams' fascination for wrist spinners, he could be taken up early.
Among Indian youngsters, Mumbai left-hander opener Yashasvi Jaiswal and Priyam Garg, who is leading the India Under-19 World Cup squad, will be the ones to watch out for along with Tamil Nadu left-arm spinner R Sai Kishore and Bengal pacer Ishan Porel. All of them come with a base price of Rs 20 lakh.
On to the stars and Shimron Hetmyer, the 22-year-old West Indian big-hitter who was released by Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of the auction, has already made a case for himself with a match-winning 85-ball century in the first ODI against India in Chennai.