The annual auction of professional cricketers took place at Kolkata for the 2020 IPL on Thursday.
Let us take a look at some of the biggest buys from the auction.
Pacers rule :
Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins became the most expensive overseas signing and the second costliest ever in the history of IPL as he was purchased for a whooping $2.2 million by Kolkata Knight Riders.
Royal Challengers Banglore and Delhi Capitals were involved in a bidding war for the highest wicket-taker in Tests this year, but KKR swooped in late to secure his services. Sheldon Cottrell and Nathan Coulter-Nile were bought by Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians respectively for $1.2m.
South Africa legend Dale Steyn joins AB de Villiers at Royal Challengers Bangalore as he went for his base price $281,145.
Chennai Super Kings bid successfully for fast bowlers Sam Curran and Josh Hazlewoood. They also made the biggest “head-scratcher” bid of the day as they bought Piyush Chawla for six times his base price.
Wake up Piyush Chawla, this is for real.......— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 19, 2019
Big Hitters among the big bucks
Cummins’ team-mate Glenn Maxwell also fetched a handsome sum of $1.5m as he went to his former team Kings XI Punjab.
South African all-rounder Chris Morris was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for $1.4m.
West Indies top-order batsman, Shimron Hetmyer who had a lacklustre season last time around, will be playing for the Delhi Capitals in 2020. The newly christened franchise secured his services for $1.1m.
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