The Indian Premier League auction 2020 witnessed the eight franchises strengthening their teams in Kolkata on Thursday (December 19) where cricketers from Australia bagged for huge bids.
While Chris Lynn, who was released by the Kolkata Knight Riders, became the first player to be picked up at his base price of ₹2 crore by the Mumbai Indians, things took a dramatic turn from then on.
Australian pacer Pat Cummins, after intense bidding from Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore, finally found his place in the Kolkata Knight Riders for ₹15.50 crore to become the most expensive foreign buy ever in the IPL players auctions.
Cummins shattered the record held by England’s Ben Stokes who was bought in 2017 auction by Rising Pune Supergiant for Rs 14.5 crore.
Interestingly, the Australian’s selling price was just ₹50 lakh lesser than the all-time IPL buy record of Yuvraj Singh who bagged a whopping ₹16 crore in 2015 to move to Delhi Daredevils.
Out of the 338 players who went under the hammer, around 62 players were sold as the auction was relatively smaller than the previous editions, with only 73 slots up for grabs, of which 29 players were to be foreign buys.
On a day when India’s Test giant Cheteshwar Pujara and newbie Hanuma Vihari had no takers, Piyush Chawla’s addition to the three-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings took everyone by surprise when the leg-spinner was bought for a massive ₹6.75 crore.
Here is the full list of sold and unsold players from the auction in which the eight franchises spent a total of ₹1.4 billion: