New Delhi, December 19: It was day to remember for Australian cricketers as Indian Premier League franchises decided to go all out for them during the IPL 2020 auction in Kolkata on Thursday. Paceman Pat Cummins entered the record books after Kolkata Knight Riders decided to shell out a whopping 15.5 crore for him. Cummins narrowly missed the mark set by Yuvraj Singh – bought for 16 crore by Delhi Daredevils in 2015 – who remains the biggest buy ever in an IPL auction. The Aussie though is most expensive overseas player ever to have been bought at an IPL auction.
Big-hitting all-rounder Glenn Maxwell was picked up for 10.75 crore by Kings XI Punjab, a franchise Maxwell has represented earlier. The maverick Aussie batsman has returned to competitive cricket recently after taking a break due to mental health issues. Maxwell had a base price of 2 crore.
Veteran Indian leg spinner Piyush Chawla, winner of two IPL titles with Kolkata Knight Riders, was bought for 6.75 crore by Chennai Super Kings after a keen tussle with Kings XI Punjab. He was the costliest Indian buy at this auction.
South African fast bowling all-rounder Chris Morris, who was earlier an integral part of the Delhi franchise, also attracted big bucks. After an intense battle between four franchises, the Proteas star was bought for 10 crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore. He had a base price of 1.5 crore.
West Indian left-handed paceman Sheldon Cottrell, who has impressed in the ongoing tour of India, was bought for a whopping 8.5 crore by Kings XI Punjab.
Paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile was re-united with Mumbai Indians, who bought the Aussie for 8 crore after an intense bidding war with Chennai Super Kings.
Shimron Hetmyer, another West Indian who has had a good outing in the ongoing tour, was snapped up by Delhi Capitals for 7.75 crore after a bidding war with Rajasthan Royals.
Among the young uncapped players, left-handed Virat Singh and current U-19 captain Priyam Gard were both picked up by Sunrisers Hyderabad for 1.9 crore respectively. Mumbai lad Yashasvi Jaiswal was bought for 2.4 crore by Rajasthan Royals.
Former KKR opener Chris Lynn became the first player to be sold. Mumbai Indians bought the Australian for his base price of 2 crore. England’s ICC World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan attracted a lot of attention and was eventually snapped up by Kolkata Knight Riders for 5.25 crore. Delhi Capitals were in the race temporarily but KKR eventually managed to get the player who was earlier a part of their squad. Morgan had a base price of 1.5 crore.
Australia’s limited overs captain and big hitting opening batsman Aaron Finch managed to put long time rivals Royals Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders in a big battle. RCB eventually bagged him for 4.4 crore, up from his base price of 1 crore.
Mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy attracted big bucks yet again, finally going for 4 crore to Kolkata Knight Riders. He was bought for 8.4 crore by KXIP last year and played only one match before getting ruled out of the season due to an injury.
Delhi Capitals made a smart buy as they bought Australian wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey for 2.4 crore, up from a base price of 50 lakh. DC were locked in a three-way battle with Rajasthan Royals and RCB for the player. (Agencies)