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Big Names Who Were Sold And Players Who Failed to Find a Franchise

The Australian cricketers made merry at the IPL auctions held in Kolkata on December 19. Three of the top five players sold at the auctions were Aussies as the pacers, in general, had a feel day at the auctions. Pat Cummins became the highest paid overseas player in the history of IPL as he was snapped up by KKR for 15 crores. Nathan Coulter Nile, Glenn Maxwell are the other two Aussies who fetched big money. Australia T20I skipper Aaron Finch also found a good buy in RCB as he was roped in for 4.4 Crores. 

Here’s a look at the costliest players in the IPL 2020 auctions. 

Pat Cummins ( KKR – 15.50 Crores)

Pat Cummins was snapped up by Kolkata Knight Riders out of nowhere when the bidding war was between Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Cummins was a part of the KKR outfit in 2014 and after he was brought back, KKR CEO Venky Mysore said that Cummins was back home. With Kolkata needing a good overseas bowler, Cummins was just the perfect buy for the franchise. KKR will now hope that he stays fit throughout the tournament and is available for the 14 matches.

Also Read: Complete List of All 8 Teams After IPL 2020 Auctions

Glenn Maxwell ( KXIP – 10.75 Crores)

Its a homecoming of sorts too for Glenn Maxwell as he was bought by Kings XI Punjab for the upcoming season. He made his name in the IPL playing for Punjab in IPL 2014 when he was one of the main reasons behind the team making it to the finals. The franchise would be hoping for something similar from the Big Show this time around as well when he takes the field. 

Chris Morris ( RCB- 10 Crores)

RCB invested heavily on Chris Morris after letting go Marcus Stoinis and Colin de Grandohomme in the pre-auction release window. With the team now requiring to fill in the spot, they went behind desperately after Morris and roped him for as many as 10 crores. RCB faced tough competition from KXIP and MI but finally was able to buy him. 

Sheldon Cottrell (KXIP-8.5 Crores)

West Indian pacer Sheldon Cottrell was another big attraction at the auction. In his debut IPL auction season. Cottrell managed to start a bidding war between Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals. Punjab finally bagged him for 8.5 Crores keeping in mind his exploits in the limited-overs format. His change of pace is his biggest weapon as a bowler besides his heart-winning ‘salute-celebration’.

Nathan Coulter-Nile (MI-8 Crores)

Australian quick Nathan Coulter-Nile was one of the surprise buys in the auctions. He was released earlier by RCB in the pre-auction window and was not expected to fetch the bid that he did. Mumbai and Chennai fought fiercely for bagging the Western Australian with the four-time champions finally roping him in for 8 crores. His pace and his abilities with the bat might serve well for Mumbai who already have Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah and Mitchell McClenaghan. 

Meanwhile, the likes of Eoin Morgan, Aaron Finch, Shimron Hetmyer and Sam Curran also fetched good money. Dale Steyn and Marcus Stoinis who did not find buyers in the first few rounds were snapped up by franchises in the accelerated auctions.

Also Read: IPL 2020 Auction As it Happened

Here’s a look at the Top 10 buys of IPL 2020 Auctions.

Among the big names who went unsold at the IPL 2020 auctions were Yusuf Pathan, Martin Guptill, Mustafizur Rahman, Carlos Braithwaite, Ben Cutting, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee, Evin Lewis, Colin Munro, Ish Sodhi and Adam Zampa.

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