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IPL Auction 2020: List of Sold Players and Highest Bids from Thursday

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistDecember 19, 2019

PERTH, AUSTRALIA - DECEMBER 15: Pat Cummins of Australia celebrates after taking the wicket of Mitchell Santner of New Zealand during day four of the First Test match in the series between Australia and New Zealand at Optus Stadium on December 15, 2019 in Perth, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)
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Pat Cummins became the most expensive overseas player in Indian Premier League history on Thursday when the Australian was bought at auction by the Kolkata Knight Riders for 15.5 crore ($2.1 million).

After a relatively frugal auction last year—because many top players were unavailable as a result of international commitments—the money was flowing ahead of the 2020 IPL season.

Like Cummins, Glenn Maxwell and Chris Morris also hit the 10 crore-mark.

Here's a look at some of the highest winning bids:

  • Pat Cummins, Kolkata Knight Riders, 15.5 crore
  • Glenn Maxwell, Kings XI Punjab, 10.75 crore
  • Chris Morris, Royal Challengers Bangalore, 10 crore
  • Sheldon Cottrell, Kings XI Punjab, 8.5 crore
  • Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mumbai Indians, 8 crore
  • Shimron Hetmyer, Delhi Capitals, 7.75 crore
  • Piyush Chawla, Chennai Super Kings, 6.75 crore
  • Sam Curran, Chennai Super Kings, 5.5 crore
  • Eoin Morgan, Kolkata Knight Riders, 5.25 crore

The IPL's full list of sold and unsold players can be found here.

(*one crore/100 lakh = $140,000, 10 crore = $1.4 million)

                            

Recap

Reigning champions Mumbai Indians kicked off proceedings by securing the first purchase of the day, signing Chris Lynn for the power-hitting Australian's base price of 2 crore.

Soon after, England's ODI World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan—who hasn't competed in the IPL since 2017, when he played for Kings XI Punjabwas snapped up by Kolkata, where the left-hander played between 2011 and 2013. 

Cricket commentator Harsha Bhogle thought it was a shrewd move from KKR:

Harsha Bhogle @bhogleharsha

#KKR have got the player they wanted at a good price #EoinMorgan

Maxwell became the first millionaire of the 2020 auction when he went back to Kings XI Punjab for more than double Morgan's price, after they won a bidding war with the Delhi Capitals.

Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata had similar reactions to the purchase:

Royal Challengers @RCBTweets

Glenn Maxwell right now! #IPLAuction #BidForBold #PlayBold https://t.co/YqvmgFCF1k

KolkataKnightRiders @KKRiders

Glenn Maxwell right now! KXIP picks him for INR 1075L #IPLAuction #KorboLorboJeetbo #IPL2020 https://t.co/yTREGAHOKm

According to cricket statistician Sampath Bandarupalli, over the course of his IPL career, Maxwell has earned around 31 crores at auction, the biggest cumulative total of any overseas player.

The Australian most recently turned out for Delhi in 2018, but he played for Punjab from 2014-17. In 69 matches in the IPL, the all-rounder has produced 1,397 runs and 16 wickets.

Per Cricbuzz, Punjab CEO Satish Menin said:

"Maxwell was someone who was very much on our radar. We needed that X-factor player in our line up.

"He has been with us in the past so he knows our exact layout. We've done a lot of tracking on him.

"We certainly wanted him and that slot had to be filled at any cost. He has the capacity to really blast on a good day."

Maxwell's price exceeded the top bids from last year—8.4 crore was spent on both Varun Chakravarthy and Jaydev Unadkat—but he was soon overtaken by compatriot Cummins.

Bangalore and Delhi had been bidding back-and-forth on the 26-year-old before Kolkata made a late swoop to snatch him up.

One of the world's top-ranked fast bowlers, Cummins played for KKR in 2014. In 2017 he turned out for Delhi, while the following year he was bought at auction by Mumbai but missed the entire season with a back injury.

His price saw him come close to matching Yuvraj Singh's all-time record of 16 crore, which was set in 2015 by Delhi. 

Sports writer Chetan Narula felt it unwise to bid so heavily for him:

Chetan Narula @chetannarula

Franchises should save money and not bid on Pat Cummins. Given his international workload, he is more likely to pull out of IPL like other Australian pacers. #IPLAuction2020

He is eagerly anticipating his return to Kolkata, though:

ESPNcricinfo @ESPNcricinfo

Pat Cummins is "absolutely pumped" to be returning to @KKRiders! (📹: @patcummins30 / Instagram) #IPLAuction #IPLAuction2020 https://t.co/abpktIlr5L

Morris became the third millionaire of the day when he went to the Royal Challengers for 10 crore.

ESPNcricinfo's Sreshth Shah offered some insight into his move:

Sreshth Shah @sreshthx

Chris Morris reaping the benefits of a promising T20 season ahead of the #IPL2020Auction. He was off colour in the IPL last season, but his stocks have risen since. RCB get him for 10crore, more than 5x from his base price of 1.5cr.

The South African has taken 69 wickets and 517 runs from 61 Indian Premier League matches.

Unadkat, who was the joint-most expensive player in 2019 and went for 11.5 crore in 2018, saw his value fall again as the left-handed quick went for just 3 crore. Chakravarthy fared a little better, moving to KKR for 4 crore.

The 2020 IPL season, which will be the 13th edition of the competition, will begin in April.

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