Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 Auction, Highlights: Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell And Chris Morris Fetch Highest Bids

Pat Cummins became the most expensive overseas signing in IPL history on Thursday (December 19) with Kolkata Knight Riders picking up the top-ranked Test bowler for a whopping INR 15.5 crore at the IPL 2020 auction. The signing amount was one crore more than what Rising Pune Supergiant spent on Ben Stokes in IPL 2017 […]
Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 Auction, Highlights: Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell And Chris Morris Fetch Highest Bids

Pat Cummins became the most expensive overseas signing in IPL history on Thursday (December 19) with Kolkata Knight Riders picking up the top-ranked Test bowler for a whopping INR 15.5 crore at the IPL 2020 auction. The signing amount was one crore more than what Rising Pune Supergiant spent on Ben Stokes in IPL 2017 – the previous record price for an overseas player. Cummins’ compatriot Glenn Maxwell was signed by Kings XI Punjab for INR 10.75 crore. South Africa’s Chris Morris also hit the INR 10 crore mark with Royal Challengers Bangalore securing his services. Get highlights of IPL 2020 auction here

21:10 hrs IST: That’s it. Thank you for joining us!

BREAKING: “KL Rahul will lead KXIP at IPL 2020.” – Anil Kumble 

20:50 hrs IST: Tom Curran at base price, 1 crore, sold to RR. Nikhil Naik (20 lakh) once again bought by KKR. AND THAT’S ALL!!!! The teams are satisfied with their choices. Who do you think has the most balanced squad heading into the next season? 

20:48 hrs IST: Shahbaz Ahmed, Bengal wicketkeeper, goes to RCB for 20 lakh. R Vinay Kumar (1 crore) remains unsold. Sri Lanka’s Isuru Udana sold to RCB for 50 lakh.

20:45 hrs IST: Welcome back! And Steyn gets third-time lucky. Picked up by RCB for his base price of INR 2 crore. Andrew Tye goes to RR for 1 crore. Allrounder Lalit Yadav goes to his home city, Delhi, for base price 20 lakh. 

After 15 minutes, we will have one more accelerated round. Teams will now name three players each. Should be the end then.

20:27 hrs IST: Australia allrounder Marcus Stoinis (INR 1 crore) now. DC and RR bid for him. The bid has quickly passed INR 3 crore. DC take it up to 3.8 crore. RR in the lead now, 4 crore. DC push it further to 4.8 crore. RR pull out of the race. Stoinis sold to DC for 4.8 crore. Tushar Deshpande snapped up by DC for INR 20 lakh. 

20:21 hrs IST: Prabhsimran Singh enters at INR 20 lakh. KXIP and DC bid for him. KXIP lead, 55 lakh. And they buy him back.

20:16 hrs IST: Dale Steyn re-enters at INR 2 crore. Unsold once again

20:15 hrs IST: Colin de Grandhomme re-enters at INR 75 lakh. Unsold for the second time in the day. Mohit Sharma (50 lakh) will play for DC next year.

20:05 hrs IST: Tambe, 48, sold to KKR for his base price of INR 20 lakh. A message for all – it’s never too late to realise your dreams.

20:01 hrs IST: Australia fast bowler Kane Richardson, who was part of their 2019 World Cup squad, picked up by RCB for INR 4 crore. England’s Chris Jordan sold to KXIP for 3 crore. RCB too bid for him but backed out. Sam’s brother Tom Curran enters at 1 crore. No takers for him. Same story as far as West Indies’ Test captain Jason Holder is concerned. Oshane Thomas (50 lakh), on the other hand, returns to RR.  

19:53 hrs IST: England’s Tom Banton now. Only KKR bid for him, and they have him for INR 1 crore. West Indies’ Fabian Allen sold to SRH for INR 50 lakh. UP’s Mohsin Khan (20 lakh) goes to MI. Sydney Sixers’ Josh Phillipe sold to RCB for INR 20 lakh, while Chris Green, who plays for Sydney Thunder, is bought by KKR for INR 20 lakh.

19:47 hrs IST: And we’re back for the accelerated auction process. Former India U-19 player Ayush Badoni asks for bids from INR 20 lakh. UNSOLD

KKR CEO Venky Mysore: “Morgan fits in brilliantly and it’s great to welcome him back home. I remember my first auction, we picked him up, and since then he has gone from strength to strength. He is recognised among his peers as the leader of men. We’ve been happy to keep lifting the paddle from the very beginning for Cummins. That’s how auctions go. Both Cummins and Morgan hopefully bring the rub of the green. Cummins has become that premier allrounder. McCullum can’t stop talking about him. It’s lovely to have somebody who has a strong emotional connect with the franchise.”

19:21 hrs IST: The show isn’t finished yet!

We go into a break. All eight franchises will now write down 10 names each and submit it to the auctioneer. Only those players who are named in that list will be available for the accelerated bidding round. This could very well be the last round of the auction. 

18:50 hrs IST: Adam Milne, Mustafizur Rahman, Mark Wood, Barinder Sran, Anrich Nortje, Ben Cutting, Rishi Dhawan, Colin Munro, Andile Phehlukwayo, Alzarri Joseph are all unsold. 

18:43 hrs IST: Mitchell Marsh (2 crore) sold to SRH, while James Neesham (50 lakh) will turn out for KXIP. Josh Hazlewood sold to CSK for INR 2 crore. 

18:30 hrs IST: David Miller (75 lakh) will play for RR. Saurabh Tiwary (50 lakh) back to MI. Evin Lewis (1 crore), Manoj Tiwary (50 lakh), Colin Ingram (50 lakh), Martin Guptill (1 crore), Carlos Brathwaite (50 lakh) and Marcus Stoinis (1 crore) all remain unsold.

18:25 hrs IST: Shimron Hetmyer. He played for RCB last season. RR, KKR and DC bid for him. A chance for all three franchises to strengthen their middle order. 3.8 crore….. 4.8 crore….and on….DC with the 7.75 crore bid. And it’s the winning bid. The power-hitter joins the million-dollar club. Wow! 

18:17 hrs IST: Last round before the accelerated round. Each team has to submit 10 names from the auction pool, including those who were unsold earlier today, and they will then have the chance to buy them in the last round.

Another break. Join us 10 minutes! 

18:03 hrs IST: India U-19 allrounder Ravi Bishnoi sold to KXIP for INR 2 crore. Siddarth Manimaran goes to KKR (20 lakh). KC Cariappa remains unsold. UP seamer Kartik Tyagi sold to RR for 1.3 crore, while Bengal quick Ishan Porel (20 lakh) will represent KXIP this season. 

17:51 hrs IST: The Royals get Delhi keeper-batsman Anuj Rawat for INR 80 lakh. Prabhsimran Singh, who hit jackpot last year, goes unsold. Aakash Singh, India U-19 left-arm fast bowler, sold to RR for INR 20 lakh.

17:41 hrs IST: India U-19 prodigy Yashasvi Jaiswal snapped up by RR for 2.4 crore. From selling pani puris to a crorepati in the IPL auction. ‘

17:39 hrs IST: India U-19 captain Priyam Garg picked up by SRH for INR 1.9 crore. KXIP get Deepak Hooda for 50 lakh. Varun Chakaravarthy, who was sold to KXIP for INR 8.4 crore last year, enters. Intense bidding between KKR and RCB. Have to admit mystery spinners are always in demand. And Varun sold to KKR for 4 crore. 

17:33 hrs IST: Jharkhand opener Virat Singh enters at 20 lakh. KXIP open the bidding, and SRH join in. KXIP push it to 1.1 crore. Now SRH are in the lead (1.9 crore). Kumble indicates KXIP are out of the race. SRH have him for 1.9 crore.

17:31 hrs IST: Rahul Tripathi, who played for the Royals and the now-defunct Rising Pune Supergiant, sold to KKR for INR 60 lakh. No bids for Rohan Kadam (20 lakh) and Harpreet Bhatia (20 lakh). 

17:26 hrs IST: Here we go again. Set six includes uncapped Indian batsman. First one – Delhi’s Manjot Kalra. He’ll invite bids from 20 lakh. Former U-19 World Cup winner. UNSOLD

We’ll be back in 5-7 minutes! 

17:19 hrs IST: Ish Sodhi (75 lakh), Adam Zampa (1.5 crore), Hayden Walsh (50 lakh) and Zahir Khan (50 lakh) are all unsold.

17:14 hrs IST: Legspinner Piyush Chawla sold to CSK for INR 6.75 crore. Jadeja, Chawla, Tahir on Cheapuk’s spinning wicket. Will be a tough job for the teams to get past the trio.

17:09 hrs IST: Sheldon Cottrell now. KXIP, RR and DC are in the race. All the three franchises are determined to have him. Now 6 crore. This is indeed massive! DC won’t call the 8.5 crore bid, and KXIP have the West Indian. SALUTE! 

17:05 hrs IST: Nathan Coulter-Nile is up now at 1 crore. He has previously played for KKR, RCB, DD, MI. CSK and MI are locked in a battle to get the Australian. It has moved up to 6 crore. This is getting interesting! He is a millionaire now. CSK have him at 7.75 crore, and MI push to 8 crore and GET HIM. Brilliant buy! Can even be handy with the bat! 

17:03 hrs IST: Dale Steyn (INR 2 crore), Tim Southee (1 crore) and Mohit Sharma (50 lakh) all go unsold. 

16:59 hrs IST: Jaydev Unadkat. Base price – INR 1 crore. DC are in for him, but RR want their pace bowler back. And, they have him for 3 crore. Once again, he will play for the IPL 2008 champions!

16:54 hrs IST: Heinrich Klaasen (50 lakh), Mushfiqur Rahim (75 lakh), Naman Ojha (50 lakh), Kusal Perera (50 lakh) and Shai Hope (50 lakh) all remain unsold.

16:51 hrs IST: Welcome back! We start with Australia wicketkeeper-batsman Alex Carey. Starting at INR 50 lakh. RCB open the bid. DC push it up to 55, RCB take it up to 60 lakh. RR are also in. They’ve taken it to 75. Up and up to INR 1 crore. It goes on and he’s worth 2.2 crore. DC are in! And they get him for 2.4 crore.

16:22 hrs IST: Stuart Binny (INR 50 lakh) goes unsold. Time for a break. We’ll be back in 20 minutes. Stay tuned!

16:21 hrs IST: Chris Morris enters at INR 1.5 crore. The South African has played for DC and CSK before. RR make the first bid. KXIP and RCB jump into the race and take it up to 5 crore. Another intense bidding war. KXIP aren’t backing out and the bid has reached 7 crore. Okay, MI join the race. Morris is also a millionaire. Ten crore and RCB have it. MI are out. Chris Morris will turn out for RCB. Good buy but don’t know whether he was worth 10 crore. Remember, he’s injury-prone! 

16:16 hrs IST: Sam Curran sold to CSK for INR 5.5 crore. DC also showed interest in the Englishman. Can be a fine replacement for DJ Bravo. Left-arm seamers always add a lot to a pace attack.

16:12 hrs IST: Pat Cummins in at INR 2 crore. RCB make the opening bid. DC join in. The bid has soared past 5 crore. Cummins set to become the second millionaire of the day. Both the franchises are going all out. And, the bid has rocketed to 10 crore. This is turning out to be a massive bidding war. Cummins hit 14.5 crore. Oh, boy! KKR enter the fray and raise to 15 crore. Looks like they will seal the deal. And, the do! Cummins will return to KKR. Sold for a whopping 15.5 crore. The Australian fast bowler is now the most expensive overseas buy ever.

16:02 hrs IST: England’s Chris Woakes sold to DC for INR 1.5 crore. Yusuf Pathan (INR 1 crore) and Colin de Grandhomme (INR 75 lakh) remain unsold. 

15:58 hrs IST: And as expected, it has got interesting. Kings XI Punjab start the bidding. The Australian has even captained them before. The Capitals join the bidding. Remember, Ricky Ponting rates him highly. An intense tussle between KXIP and DC, who have raised it to 5 crore now. KXIP won’t back out that easily. Maxwell hits 7.25 crore. KXIP push to it to 10.75 crore. DC are out. Maxwell will turn out for KXIP again, sold for 10.75 crore. Could he lead them next year?

And here’s the second set – the allrounders. Glenn Maxwell (INR 2 crore) is the first name

15:50 hrs IST: Aaron Finch, Australia’s ODI and T20I captain, sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 4.4 crore. Was quite a fight between RCB and KKR. A solid pick! Finch and Kohli at the top with ABD at No. 3. Lethal! 

15:45 hrs IST: Jason Roy, the England opener, will attract bids from INR 1.5 crore. DC make the first bid. Just one bid for him – sold to DC for the same price. He had represented the franchise in 2018 too.

15:44 hrs IST: No takers for Hanuma Vihari (Rs 50 lakh) and Cheteshwar Pujara (50 lakh). Awkward silence! Meanwhile, Robin Uthappa sold to Rajasthan Royals for INR 3 crore. 

15:40 hrs IST: England’s World Cup-winning captain Morgan now. Base price: INR 1.5 crore. Delhi Capitals make the first bid. Kolkata Knight Riders enter the bidding. DC and KKR are locked in a tussle. DC raise it to INR 4 crore. But, but, KKR have jumped ahead. DC are backing out. KKR snap up Morgan for INR 5.25 crore.

15:38 hrs IST: Lynn. Mumbai Indians open up the bid. No interest from the other franchises. And the Australian is sold for INR 2 crore to the four-time champions. 

15:25 hrs IST: Okay, we’re just five minutes away. International batsmen make up the very first set – Aaron Finch, Chris Lynn, Eoin Morgan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Jason Roy, Robin Uthappa and Hanuma Vihari.

Just 30 minutes to go. Could very well be a long evening….

15:00 hrs IST: Bangladesh (5), Afghanistan (7) and Sri Lanka (14) have found low interest, while none of Zimbabwe’s players will be a part of the auction.

14:45 hrs IST: The players have been grouped as per their specialty, with the auction order starting with batsmen, allrounders, wicketkeeper-batsmen, fast bowlers and spinners. The auction will start with different sets of capped players followed by the uncapped players.

14:29 hrs IST: Among the foreign players, Morgan, Jason Roy, Chris Morris, Chris Woakes, Adam Zampa, Shaun Marsh, David Willey, Kane Richardson and Kyle Abbott have been shortlisted at INR 1.5 crore. A total of 20 overseas players have a base price of INR 1 crore.

14:18 hrs IST: Among the uncapped Indians, Deepak Hooda has the highest base price of 40 lakh. The Baroda all-rounder, who has played 61 IPL games, was released by Sunrisers Hyderabad. Varun Chakaravarthy, Anureet Singh, Jalaj Saxena are among the five Indian players to have been shortlisted for a base price of Rs 30 lakh.

14:05 hrs IST: Only 14 years old, Afghanistan’s Noor Ahmad is the youngest player in the auction. Ahmad is a left-arm wristspinner and has played seven T20s so far. He has listed his base price at Rs 30 lakh.

At 48, Pravin Tambe, the former Rajasthan Royals legspinner, is probably the oldest player ever to have been part of an IPL auction. Tambe has put his reserve price at Rs 20 lakh.

13:59 hrs IST: Some of the biggest names to go under the hammer are Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Chris Lynn, Eoin Morgan, Chris Morris, Shimron Hetmyer, and, among Indian names, Robin Uthappa and Jaydev Unadkat. Among the dark horses could be Mumbai’s Yashasvi Jaiswal. He recently became the youngest player ever to smash a List A double-century, in India’s domestic 50-over competition (Vijay Hazare Trophy).

13:50 hrs IST: Meanwhile, the upcoming IPL season will see a window open up for loaning out capped players mid-way through the tournament. While the details are yet to be finalised, it’ll only be open to players who have played a maximum of two games in the first-half of the tournament.

13:45 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to Cricxtasy’s live coverage of the IPL 2020 auction. I’m Sidharth Gulati and I’ll keep you up-to-date about the latest developments at the event.