The Indian Premier League (IPL) is a carnival of its own, and this carnival is kickstarted by the IPL Auction 2020. A massive 140.30 Crore Rupees (20 Million USD) was spent during the auction. Only 62 players were brought with some big buys, some bargain, and some illogical buys. We will discuss all of them in the details below.
Why IPL Auction 2020 is more important than you think?
This year IPL auction was particularly important for many reasons. First, a lot of players were released by the teams, so filling those gaps was the first necessity. Secondly, next year is the shuffle year, where each team has to release all their players except for four. Hence, a lot of teams wanted to build a core that they can retain in the next auction. This is why all the teams started preparation at least twelve weeks before the IPL auction date.
Big buys and unsold players
Pat Cummins was the biggest buy of the day, with 15.5 crores brought by KKR. Glenn Maxwell was the second biggest purchase with KXIP buying him for 10.75 crores. Piyush Chawla also started a bidding war between CSK and KXIP and was finally sold to CSK for a hefty price tag of 6.75 crores.
While some of the big names such as Yusuf Pathan, Mustafizur Rahman, and Martin Guptill went unsold at the auction. It was pretty puzzling as a couple of teams could have used them in their squad.
IPL auction all players list 2020
Now, let’s take a more detailed look at how each squad looks after the IPL 2020 auction.
MI was the most settled team before the auction, and they needed the least number of players. They needed an opener, and they brought Chris Lynn for base price. While their biggest buy was Australian All-rounder Nathan Coulter-Nile for 8 crores. They should be the favorites for the title.
Chennai Super Kings
CSK has added Piyush Chawla in their spin heavy squad. They also brought Sam Curran for an amount of 5.5 crores and Josh Hazlewood for a base price of 2 Cr. Although they have an aging squad but with Dhoni at the helm, you can never rule them out.
Kolkata Night Riders
KKR was the star of IPL auction 2020, as they broke the bank with purchase of Eoin Morgan for 5.25 Cr and Varun Chakravarthy for 4 Cr. The steal of the auction was England opener, Tom Banton, for 1 Cr. KKR is a force to look out for in the coming season.
Kings XI Punjab
Punjab was also very busy in the auction with Maxwell and Sheldon Cottrell, their biggest buys. They also added a bunch of young Indian talents. However, their biggest buy was James Neesham for 50 lakhs. KXIP have surely build a squad for the future.
The good guys of the IPL had a quiet IPL 2020 auction. They brought seven players, but none of them were above 2 crores price tag. This was quite typical of SRH, but they have brought some good players such as Priyam Garg, Virat Singh, and Mitchell Marsh. While the buy of the auction was West Indies Fabien Allen for 50 lakhs, who is a handy all-rounder.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
RCB changed their management again, and this looked in their auction strategy. Their biggest buy was Chris Morris for 10 crores, which will solve their death bowler crisis. But with the addition of Aaron Finch and Joshua Philippe will strength their batting core. However, their smartest buy was Isuru Udana, who can hit some sixes down the order and he is an excellent death over bowler. The team also picked Steyn as more of an emotional buy. The squad has the ingredients to go all the way, but will they?
Ricky Ponting posted an IPL auction live updates even before the auction. Yes, that’s right, ponting tweeted what the capitals will be looking for in the auction. They did exactly that by purchasing Keemo Paul, Chris Woakes, Alex Carey, and Shimron Hetmyer. Their squad is particularly interesting, seeing their abundance of Indian talent.
Last year Royals were unlucky due to injury and foreign players leaving early. In IPL auction 2020, they used their Moneyball technique to address this issue. They rebought Jaydev Unadkat for just 3 crores, they also bought Robin Uthappa for 3Cr as well. But David Miller, Andrew Tye, and Tom Curran will strengthen their bench in case anything happens to Smith, Buttler, Archer, and Stokes.
As we can see, all the teams have done pretty well in the auction, and it was quite an interesting auction day. But before we end up, let’s discuss some unsold players.
Big-name unsold players
Apart from the players mentioned earlier, there are also a few names that went unsold. Vinay Kumar, Manoj Tiwari, Pragyan Ojha are some IPL Veterans who went unsold. Some might argue they aren’t the same players they were before. However, these are still experience players who can boost the morale of the squad. This is vital in a long tournament, such as IPL. What’s more surprising is that many teams had money left in their purchase plus players slot, and they didn’t opt for these valuable players.
Now that IPL auction 2020 is over, all the team has passed the first stage in the carnival. Clearly, some teams are stronger than others. MI, CSK, and SRH have the most settled core. While KKR, DC are sure to surprise people. But the teams to look out for is KXIP and RCB, because either they can tank or go top of the table. Well, nothing is for sure except for an exhilarating and thrilling series of matches in IPL 2020.