IPL 2020 auction: Cummins goes for record sum, windfall for Aussies

Pat Cummins became the most expensive foreign player in IPL history, while CSK brought in leg-spinner Piyush Chawla was sold for Rs. 6.75 crore at the auction.

Pat Cummins becomes the second most expensive player in IPL history.

Hello and welcome to Sportstar's coverage of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 auction taking place at the ITC Royal Bengal Hotel in Kolkata. This is Aashin Prasad on the keyboard bringing you the latest from the auction.

 

Thank you for joining us. Hope you enjoyed our live coverage of the auction. We will bring you more reaction, analysis on what transpired at the auction. 

If you want to check on the full list of all the sold/unsold players from the auction, you can head to this article.

Kesrick Williams remains unsold and so is Vinay Kumar. We have come to the end of the 2020 IPL auction.

Shahbaz Ahamad to RCB and Nikhil Naik to KKR. Tom Curran is sold to Royals for Rs. 1 crore. Isuru Udana is sold to RCB for Rs. 50 lakh.

Andrew Tye is sold to Royals for Rs. 1 crore.

And it's Steyn again. Third time lucky for the South African as he is sold to RCB for Rs. 2 crore. He is having a phenomenal season at the Manzi Super League.

Accelerated auction - Part II

RCB and Royals have two overseas slots each to fill while the other six franchises have finished their quota.

Mark Wood goes unsold for the second time. With that the first part of the accelerate auction is over. The second part will begin in 10 minutes.

Ben Cutting, Colin Munro go unsold. A late bidding war between Royals and DC for Marcus Stoinis and he is picked up by the latter for Rs. 4.80 crore. Phew. That's big money.

Sai Kishore is back again. CSK opens the bidding at Rs. 20 lakh and he will be playing for his home franchise.

Tushar Deshpande will go to Delhi at Rs. 20 lakh.

DC and KXIP start a bidding war for Prabhsimran Singh and he will go with the latter for Rs. 55 lakh.

Daniel Sams goes unsold again. No luck for KS Bharat. 

Pavan Deshpande is sold to RCB for Rs. 20 lakh. Shah Rukh Khan time. No bid from Shah Rukh Khan's KKR? Unsold. Come on...

De Grandhomme and Kusal Perera remain unsold. Dale Steyn goes unsold again. Mohit Sharma has a taken this time and he is picked up by Capitals. Tye and Rohan Kadam go unsold for the second time.

Sanjay Yadav is signed by SRH for Rs. 20 lakh.

Royals snaps up Anirudha Joshi for Rs. 20 lakh. Mumbai Indians makes two Rs. 20 lakh base price signings in Digvijay Deshmukh and Prince Balwant Rai Singh

England all-rounder George Garton remains unsold. Vaibhav Arora remains unsold and so is Suarabh Dubey.

Bring out the notebook! Kesrick Williams' name is up next and the notebook will remain unchecked. Unsold.

18-year-old all-rounder Abdul Samad is sold to SRH for Rs. 20 lakh. Nathan Ellis remains unsold.

Aussie pacer James Pattinson remains unsold. World Cup winner Liam Plunkett remains unsold. Yudhvir Charak remains unsold. Sujit Nayak remains unsold.

KKR signs 48-year-old Pravin Tambe for Rs. 20 lakh! Applause around the room. He will become the oldest player to be bought in an IPL auction.

Pacer Kuldeep Sen goes unsold.

West Indian Oshane Thomas is sold to the Royals for an opening bid of Rs. 50 lakh. Sumit Kumar goes unsold.  18-year-old 'keeper Aryan Juyal goes unsold.

Big buy alert! Pacer Kane Richardson is sold for Rs. 4 crore to RCB after a bidding war with the Royals.

Sri Lankan Isuru Udana goes unsold. Australian Sean Abbot goes unsold. NZ's Matt Henry remains unsold.

England all-rounder Chris Jordan starts a bidding war between KXIP and RCB. From Rs. 75 lakh, the price is up to Rs. 3 crore and he is sold to KXIP for that price.

West Indies' Jason Holder goes unsold.

Fabian Allen is sold to SRH for Rs. 50 lakh. Sam Curran's brother, Tom goes unsold.

One name everyone has been waiting for: England's Tom Banton is sold to KKR for his base price of Rs. 1 crore. This could possibly be a big coup for KKR if Banton delivers on his potential next year.

Mohsin Khan is sold to MI for Rs. 20 lakh. Fast bowler Rahul Shukla goes unsold.

Australia's Chris Green is sold to KKR for Rs. 20 lakh. Shams Mulani goes unsold. Shahba Ahmad goes unsold.  Nikhil Naik goes unsold. Wikcet-keeper Joshua Philippe is sold to RCB for Rs. 20 lakh.

Ayush Badoni is unsold. Sandeep Bavanaka is sold to SRH for Rs. 20 lakh. Pravin Dubey is unsold.

We are back again with the accelerated auction.

Accelerated auction

 

In case you want a compiled list of all the sold/unsold players thus far, you can head to this article.

33 players sold so far, while 40 slots remain.

NZ's Adam Milne goes unsold. That's the end of the final set and the auction will break for an hour. They will be back with the accelerated auction.

Surprise, surprise! CSK lifts the paddle for Australia's Josh Hazlewood and gets its man at his base price of Rs. 2 crore. CSK completes its overseas slot.

SA's Anrich Nortje is unsold. Barinder Sran, who was with MI last season, is unsold. England's Mark Wood is unsold. Alzarri Joseph goes unsold. Mustafizur Rahman goes unsold.

NZ all-rounder and everybody's favourite cricketer James Neesham is sold to KXIP for his base price of Rs. 50 lakh.

South Africa's Andile Phehlukwayo goes unsold. NZ's Colin Munro goes unsold. India's Rishi Dhawan goes unsold. Ben Cutting, who won the IPL with SRH and MI previously, goes unsold. 

Australia's Marcus Stoinis goes unsold. His countryman Mitchell Marsh came into the auction with a base price of Rs. 2 crore and will be sold for the same price to SRH.

Remember Carlos Brathwaite? Of course, you do. Not an auction to remember for him. He goes unsold.

NZ's Martin Guptill goes unsold.

Manoj Tiwary goes unsold. Colin Ingram, who was sold for Rs. 6.40 crore last auction, goes unsold.

Looks like Saurabh Tiwary will return to Mumbai Indians. And he is. He is sold to MI for Rs. 50 lakh.

Former MI man Evin Lewis goes unsold. Former KXIP batter David Miller is sold to Royals for Rs. 75 lakh.

It looked like Shimron Hetmyer would go unsold but RR tables the opening bid before KKR joins in. KKR is out at 1.40 crore before DC raises its paddle. The former RCB man has been in stunning form with the bat on the recent tour to India. RR and DC take the bidding past Rs. 6 crore. Capitals signs Hetmyer for Rs. 7.75 crore. Big handshakes at the DC table.

Fourth set: (Capped batsman, all-rounder and fast bowlers)

Bizarre that Varun Chakravarthy still managed to go big in this auction. The 28-year-old mystery spinner has played just once in the last 12 months, when he made his IPL debut for KXIP against KKR in March. 

14-year-old Noor Ahmad from Afghanistan goes unsold.  We break now for 10 minutes before we are back for the final set.

TN's Sai Kishore goes unsold. That's a surprise. He was one of the best powerplay bowlers in the Syed Mushtaq.

Midhun Sudhesan goes unsold. Rajasthan's Ravi Bishnoi gets sold to KXIP for Rs. 2 crore! MI was interested but it doesn't have enough money to go big on the 19-year-old.

The last set in this batch with spinners. KC Cariappa goes unsold. TN's M. Siddharth, who starred in the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament, gets an opening bid from KKR. KKR buys Siddharth for Rs. 20 lakh.

Ishan Porel is sold to KXIP for Rs. 20 lakh. Australia's Riley Meredith is unsold.

19-year-old UP pacer Kartik Tyagi has bids coming in fast from KXIP and RR. RR gets the youngster for Rs. 1.30 crore.

Kulwant Khejroliya is unsold. Tushar Deshpande is unsold.

Time for some pace. Akash Singh is sold to Royals for Rs. 20 lakh.

Ankush Bains, who was part of the Capitals last year, goes unsold. Kerala's Vishnu Vinod is unsold.

Kedar Devdhar is unsold. KS Bharat, too, goes unsold. Punjab's 19-year-old Prabhsimran Singh goes unsold.

On to the wicket-keepers. Delhi's Anuj Rawat has takers in Royals and KKR. Royals sign him for Rs. 80 lakh.

Australia's Daniel Sams is unsold. No bids for Pavan Deshpande. Tamil Nadu's Shah Rukh Khan goes unsold.

Mumbai's newest batting sensation Yashasvi Jaiswal is up next. MI and KKR start the bid before the former drops out. KXIP pick up its paddle and so do the Royals. Jaiswal joins Royals for Rs. 2.40 crore.

Varun Charkravarthy, who was the most expensive buy in last year's auction alongside Unadkat, triggers bidding war between RCB and KKR. His stock is quickly up to Rs. 4 crore from Rs. 30 lakh. KKR signs Varun for Rs. 4 crore.

Uncapped all-rounders next and we start with Deepak Hooda. KXIP signs Hooda for Rs. 50 lakh.

India's U-19 World Cup captain Priyam Garg is the next batter. SRH and KXIP table their bids.  Another signing for SRH for Rs. 1.90 crore. Priyam Garg joins the 2016 winner.

Jharkhand's Virat Singh is up next and SRH come to the party! Finally. KXIP shows interest, too. Virat is sold to SRH for Rs. 1.90 crore.

Rahul Tripathi of RSP and RR fame in previous seasons gets interest from RCB and KKR. He is sold to KKR for Rs. 60 Lakh.

Batsman Manjot Kalra comes up and goes unsold. Karnataka's Rohan Kadam is up next and remains unsold. Harpreet Bhatia goes unsold.

Third set: (Uncapped batsman, all-rounder, 'keeper, fast-bowler and spinner)

So Kings XI Punjab snaps Sheldon Cottrell for Rs. 8.5 crore, while Piyush Chawla with Rs. 6.75 crore has become the most expensive Indian player so far. Chawla will be playing for Chennai Super Kings. 

Afghanistan's Zahir Khan goes unsold and we go for a five-minute break.

New Zealand's Ish Sodhi goes unsold. Adam Zampa comes up next and also has no interest. Unsold. Shame that his new mullet finds no takers from the IPL. WI's Hayden Walsh Jr. is unsold too. Afghanistan's Zahir Khan comes up

Time for some spin... Piyush Chawla's name comes up and Mumbai Indians shows first interest. KXIP and CSK take over the bidding as MI opts out. Starting with his base price of Rs. 1 crore, the bid is now up to Rs. 6.50 crore. CSK takes it up to Rs. 6.75 crore and is sold for that bid!

Sheldon Cottrell comes up at Rs. 50 lakh. Royals starts the bid and is joined by KXIP. Cottrell has had a phenomenal year with the national team in the World Cup. He also starred with the ball in the recent T20I series in India. DC joins the bid at Rs. 3.50 crore. KXIP only has fast-bowling experience with Mohammed Shami so it appears Cottrell might be its man. Bid now up to Rs. 8 crore. KXIP gets Cottrell for Rs. 8.50 crore.

Former CSK and RCB player Tim Southee is up next and is unsold.

Nathan Coulter-Nile comes up and last year's finalists CSK, MI are involved in a bidding war.  The bid is now up to Rs. 4 crore. MI rises the price to Rs. 8 crore and CSK backs out! MI gets its man in NCN! MI completes its overseas slot.

Australia's Andrew Tye, the 'knuckle ball' expert of IPL 2018, is unsold. He was the highest wicket-taker that season with 24 wickets with an economy rate of 8.

Jaydev Unadkat is up next. Former employer Rajasthan Royals starts the bid. DC is also join in the race. Unadkat has had fruitful IPL auctions in the past. KXIP opts out at Rs. 3 crore. He goes back to Royals for Rs. 3 crore.

The 36-year-old Dale Steyn is up next and is unsold for the second successive year.

We move on to fast bowlers... and former CSK man Mohit Sharma goes unsold.

West Indies' Shai Hope, who is having a superb run with the national team in Indian currently, is unsold. That's the end of the capped wicket-keepers.

India's Naman Ojha has no takers for Rs. 50 lakh. Sri Lanka's Kusal Perera, too, has no interest.

South Africa's Heinrich Klaasen goes unsold. Bangladesh's Mushfiqur Rahim remains unsold. Both players came in with their base price of Rs. 75 lakh.

Alex Carey's name comes up first. RCB tables the opening bid for him. DC and RR, too, join the race. DC re-enters after a series of bids from RCB and RR. Carey is sold to DC for Rs. 2.40 crore.

Second set: (Capped wicket-keeper, fast bowler and spinner)

We are back for the next three sets of the auction.

He also adds, "KKR coach Brendon McCullum makes it clear that Dinesh Karthik will remain its captain for IPL 2020."

Our reporter Shayan Acharya reports from Kolkata: "Kings XI Punjab CEO, Satish Menon, says "wait till the end of the (day) for the captain...""

SRH is yet to get itself involved in the auction. MI would feel like it got a steal in Chris Lynn at his base price of Rs. 2 crore.

Stuart Binny, who had a base price of Rs. 50 lakh, goes unsold. That completes the second set. And we go into a short break.

Chris Morris has interest from RCB and KXIP.  The bid is up to Rs. 8 Crore. Mumbai joins the bidding with Rs. 9.75 crore. Morris moves to RCB with Rs. 10 crore.

England all-rounder Sam Curran comes up and CSK makes its first move of the auction. Curran was the most expensive foreigner in the auction last year. CSK and DC take the price up by Rs. 5.50 crore. CSK gets its first buy of the auction in Sam Curran with Rs. 5.50 crore.

Australia's Pat Cummins comes up next. DC and RCB begin an intense bid for the pacer and the price is up to Rs. 5.50 crore in no time! Cummins' stock is now up by Rs. 10 crore... add 3 more crore to it and still going on. DC's bid now up to Rs. 14 crore and RCB isn't giving in. Bid now up to Rs. 14.75 crore and he will become the most expensive foreigner in the IPL. KKR joins the race with a bid of Rs. 15 crore. KKR comes in with two bids and take Cummins home for Rs. 15.5 crore!

Yusuf Pathan is unsold.  New Zealand's Colin de Grandhomme is unsold for his base price of Rs. 75 Lakh.

England's Chris Woakes is up next and DC snaps him up for Rs. 1.50 crore.

Onto the all-rounders now with Glenn Maxwell. DC and Kings XI go for the hard-hitting Aussie with the bid now going past Rs. 6 Crore. Up to Rs. 8.5 crore now with DC! KXIP coach Anil Kumble looks a bit reluctant now. No, KXIP isn't throwing in the towel yet. The bid reaches the Rs. 9 crore mark. DC takes the bid to Rs. 10 crore... Maxwell returns to Kings Xi Punjab for Rs. 10.75 crore! A round of applause goes around the room as the gavel goes down on the winning bid.

Australia's limited overs captain Aaron Finch triggers a bidding war between KKR and RCB. The bid is up to Rs. 3 crore. Both teams continue and the bid is up to Rs. 4 crore. Finch is sold to RCB for Rs. 4.40 crore. A new IPL home for Finch, his eighth of his career.

Delhi Capitals tables an opening bid on England's Jason Roy and is sold for his base price of Rs. 1.5 crore.

Hanuma Vihari is unsold! Next up is Pujara and is likely to be unsold too. Yet another auction where the Indian Test specialist goes unsold.

Robin Uthappa is the first Indian player to go under the hammer and KXIP and RR are keen on his services. Uthappa moves to Rs. 3 crore -- 2 times his base price -- to Rajasthan Royals.

World Cup-winning skipper Eoin Morgan is up next.  And he starts the first bidding war between KKR and DC. KKR tables a bid for Rs. 5.25 crore and is sold to them! Worth noting that KKR coach Brendon McCullum was Morgan's best man at his wedding.

Chris Lynn is the first player to go under the hammer. Mumbai Indians makes the opening bid. And Lynn is sold for his base price of Rs. 2 crore.

First Set (Capped batsman and all-rounder)

Hugh Edmeades, the auctioneer, now takes the podium.

(Wearing a tin hat) It's hammer-ing time! IPL chairman Brijesh Patel is making the opening address.

KKR will fancy a hard-hitting opener at the auction. It will be interesting if it opts to re-sign Lynn or opt for a new foreign recruit.

First set of players to go under the hammer: Aaron Finch, Chris Lynn, Eoin Morgan, Cheteshwar Pujara, Jason Roy, Hanuma Vihari, Robin Uthappa,

Here's what Delhi Capitals' coach Ricky Ponting tweeted ahead of the auction: "We will look at two batters potentially ans all-rounder and two fast bowlers. We have got a strong contingent of Indian players already so our main goal is to get the best players."

Auction order:

1. Capped batsman and all-rounder (set 1-2)

2. Capped wicket-keeper, fast bowler and spinner (set 3-5)

3. Uncapped batsman, all-rounder, 'keeper, fast-bowler and spinner (set 6-10)

4. Capped batsman, all-rounder and fast bowlers (set 11-13)

5. Accelerated auctions 1, 2, 3

 

We have two extremes in Ali Noor Ahmed and Pravin Tambe at this auction. Will they find any takers?

 

Are you an IPL trivia freak? Can you get all the 20 questions right? I got only 15 right. Take our quiz as we get nearer to the first bid of the day.

Here is the list of the expensive buys in each IPL auction.

SeasonPlayerTeam
2008M.S. DhoniChennai Super Kings ($1.5 million)
2009Andrew Flintoff, Kevin PietersenChennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore ($1.55 million)
2010Shane Bond, Kieron PollardKolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians ($0.75 million)
2011Gautam GambhirKolkata Knight Riders ($2.4 million)
2012Ravindra JadejaChennai Super Kings ($2 million)
2013Glenn MaxwellMumbai Indians ($1 million)
2014Yuvraj SinghRoyal Challengers Bangalore (₹14 crore)
2015Yuvraj SinghDelhi Daredevils (₹16 crore)
2016Shane WatsonRoyal Challengers Bangalore (₹9.5 crore)
2017Ben StokesRising Pune Supergiant (₹14.5 crore)
2018Ben StokesRajasthan Royals (₹12.5 crore)
2019Jaydev Unadkat, Varun ChakravarthyRajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab (₹8.4 crore)

 

 

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The auction will be telecast on the Star Sports network.