IPL Auction HIGHLIGHTS
Australia pacer Pat Cummins on Thursday became the most expensive foreign player in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL) as bowlers and uncapped Indian players ruled the roost in the 13th IPL Auction. 62 players were sold and Rs 140.30 crore was spent. Cummins, who sits at the top of the bowlers’ rankings in Test cricket, was sold for a whopping Rs 15.50 crore to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). His figures went past England all-rounder Ben Stokes’ auction bid of Rs 14.5 crores made at the IPL 2017 auctions. He was also only Rs 50 lakh away from equalling the record for the highest bid ever in the history of IPL auction which was made for Yuvraj Singh by the Delhi Daredevils in 2015.
Cummins has 92 wickets in 77 career T20 matches at an economy of little above 7. His international teammate, all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who was not considered for the upcoming ODI series against India in January, returned to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 10.75 crore after a fierce bidding war with Delhi Capitals.
Maxwell, 31, had taken a break from cricket to deal with mental health issues earlier this year.
The future crop of Indian cricketers also made merry as mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy was bagged by KKR for Rs 4 crore. Tamil Nadu’s Chakravarthy was the joint-most expensive buy last season but picked up an injury after just one match.
Teenagers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Kartik Tyagi, part of India’s U-19 World Cup squad, were sold to Rajasthan Royals for Rs 2.40 crore and Rs 1.30 crore respectively. The Royals also brought back left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat and were given a bit of competition by Kings XI but eventually got him for Rs 3 crore.
Jaiswal, who once sold paani puris for a living, has already grabbed headlines with stunning performances in the domestic circuit. This season, the batsman hit 203 off 154 balls with 12 sixes and 17 boundaries for Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare Trophy thereby, becoming the youngest batsman to hit a double hundred in List A cricket.
Promising leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi was also roped in by Kings XI for Rs 2 crore while India U-19 captain Priyam Garg went to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 1.9 crore. SRH also snapped up Virat Singh for the same price.
Among other Indians in the crore club, seasoned leggie Piyush Chawla, who was released by KKR, went for Rs 6.75 crore to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) while experienced Robin Uthappa was bagged by Royals for Rs 3 crore. Uthappa had gone into the auction with a base price of Rs 1.5 crore, the highest for an Indian. He too was released by KKR last month.
Here’s everything you should know about the 2020 auction:-
When: December 19, 2020 (Thursday)
Starts: 3:30 pm IST
Number of Cricketers to Go Under The Hammer: 332
Total No. of Slots to be Filled: 73
Number of Players Released: 71
Number of Players Retained: 127