Pat Cummins, the most expensive player to get sold at the IPL 2020 Auction as we look at the auction buys, and the complete squad list of all the 8 teams.
Even when the mega auction are scheduled to take place in 2021, the IPL 2020 Auction clearly surpassed all the expectations with teams spending humongous amount on most of the players.
As was expected, overseas players were one of the key focus areas for most of the teams, and it was Pat Cummins who took all the limelight. The Australian speedster was purchased for a whopping 1550L after a heavy battle between RCB and KKR; thus making him the second-most expensive player to get sold at the auctions.
Apart from him, the stars that attracted huge attraction were Glenn Maxwell, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Shimron Hetmyer, Sheldon Cottrell, and Chris Morris. Surprisingly, there were few potent players that were purchased for their base prices like Chris Lynn, David Miller, James Neesham, Jason Roy, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, and Chris Woakes.
Among uncapped Indian players, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Varun Chakravarthy, Priyam Garg, Virat Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, etc., got good amount at the auction, and they would the ones to watch out for as they take the field in IPL 2020.
As the teams stack-up, we shall cover detailed strengths and weaknesses articles, team ratings, and much more in our future articles. But, before that, let’s have a look at the auction buys, and the complete squad list for all the 8 teams for IPL 2020
#1: Chennai Super Kings
Total Players: 24
Players bought at the IPL 2020 Auction: Sam Curran, Josh Hazlewood, R Sai Kishore, and Piyush Chawla
Chennai Super Kings had a well-balanced squad even before the IPL 2020 Auction. They had around INR 1300L in the kitty, and they used that to buy Sam Curran and Piyush Chawla for INR 550L and INR 675L respectively.
Apart from these two, CSK bought Josh Hazlewood and Tamil Nadu spinner, R Sai Kishore. Looking at their current squad, they look well set for IPL 2020.
Chennai Super Kings (CSK) final squad for IPL 2020:
|Batsmen||Ambati Rayudu, Faf du Plessis, MS Dhoni (C&WK), Murali Vijay, N Jagadeeshan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Suresh Raina|
|All-rounders||Dwayne Bravo, Kedar Jadhav, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, and Shane Watson|
|Bowlers||Deepak Chahar, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Josh Hazlewood, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, Lungi Ngidi, Monu Kumar, Piyush Chawla, R Sai Kishore, and Shardul Thakur.|
#2: Delhi Capitals
Total Players: 22
Players bought at the IPL 2020 Auction: Jason Roy, Chris Woakes, Shimron Hetmyer, Mohit Sharma, Tushar Deshpande, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, and Alex Carey.
Delhi Capitals, who had 14 players before the auction bought 8 more players in the IPL 2020 Auction. Their expensive buys include Shimron Hetmyer for INR 775L and Marcus Stoinis for INR 480L. They were lucky enough to get the services of Jason Roy and Chris Woakes at their base price. Apart from that, Delhi Capitals got Alex Carey for just 240L.
Delhi Capitals (DC) final squad for IPL 2020:
|Batsmen||Ajinkya Rahane, Alex Carey (WK), Jason Roy, Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant (WK), Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, and Shreyas Iyer (C)|
|All-rounders||Axar Patel, Chris Woakes, Lalit Yadav, Marcus Stoinis, and Keemo Paul.|
|Bowlers||Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Harshal Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Mohit Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin, Sandeep Lamichhane, and Tushar Deshpande.|
#3: Kings XI Punjab
Total Players: 25
Players bought at the IPL 2020 Auction: Glenn Maxwell, Deepak Hooda, James Neesham, Sheldon Cottrell, Ishan Porel, Chris Jordan, Tajinder Singh, Prabsimran Singh, and Ravi Bishnoi.
Kings XI Punjab had 16 players ahead of the IPL 2020 Auction, and their major gap was the all-rounders. For that, KXIP bought Glenn Maxwell for a whopping INR 1075L, and James Neesham & Deepak Hooda for just INR 50L. Their other expensive buys include Sheldon Cottrell and Chris Jordan for INR 850L and INR 300L respectively.
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) final squad for IPL 2020:
|Batsmen||Karun Nair, KL Rahul (C&WK), Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran (WK), PrabSimran Singh, and Sarfaraz Khan.|
|All-rounders||Chris Gayle, Darshan Nalkande, Deepak Hooda, Glenn Maxwell, Harpreet Brar, James Neesham, K Gowtham, and Tajinder Singh.|
|Bowlers||Arshdeep Singh, Chris Jordan, Hardus Viljoen, Ishan Porel, J Suchith, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Murugan Ashwin, Ravi Bishnoi, Sheldon Cottrell,|
#4: Kolkata Knight Riders
Total Players: 23
Players bought at the IPL 2020 Auction: Eoin Morgan, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Chris Green, Tom Banton, Pravin Tambe, Nikhil Naik, and M Siddharth.
Kolkata Knight Riders had a completely revamped squad ahead of the IPL 2020 Auction. To cover-up that, KKR made the most expensive purchase of this Auction in the form of Pat Cummins for INR 1550L.
Apart from Cummins, KKR invested heavily in Eoin Morgan for INR 525L and Varun Chakravarthy for INR 400L. They also got a few more good players like Rahul Tripathi, Tom Banton, and Chris Green.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) final squad for IPL 2020:
|Batsmen||Dinesh Karthik (C&WK), Eoin Morgan, Nikhil Naik (WK), Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Rinku Singh, Shubman Gill, Siddhesh Lad, and Tom Banton (WK)|
|All-rounders||Andre Russell, Chris Green, and Sunil Narine.|
|Bowlers||Harry Gurney, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, M Siddharth, Pat Cummins, Prasidh Krishna, Pravin Tambe, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, and Varun Chakravarthy|
#5: Mumbai Indians
Total Players: 24
Players bought at the IPL 2020 Auction: Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwari, Mohsin Khan, Digvijay Deshmukh, Balwant Rai Singh, and Nathan Coulter-Nile.
While Chennai Super Kings bought only 4 players, Mumbai Indians bought only six with three being uncapped players in the form of Digvijay Deshmukh, Mohsin Khan, and Balwant Rai Singh.
Also, not sure if the bid amount for Chris Lynn and Nathan Coulter-Nile got reversed, but it certainly looked that way with their purchase amount being INR 200L and INR 800L respectively. Apart from these 5, Mumbai Indians got their previous player, Saurabh Tiwari back.
Mumbai Indians (MI) final squad for IPL 2020:
|Batsmen||Aditya Tare (WK), Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Ishan Kishan (WK), Quinton de Kock (WK), Rohit Sharma (C), Saurabh Tiwari, and Suryakumar Yadav.|
|All-rounders||Anukul Roy, Balwant Rai Singh, Digvijay Deshmukh, Hardik Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, and Sherfane Rutherford.|
|Bowlers||Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McCleneghan, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, and Trent Boult.|
#6: Rajasthan Royals
Total Players: 25
Players bought at the IPL 2020 Auction: Robin Uthappa, Jaydev Unadkat, Anuj Rawat, Akash Singh, Kartik Tyagi, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Oshane Thomas, Anirudha Joshi, Andrew Tye, Tom Curran, and David Miller.
Rajasthan Royals bought the most number of the players at the IPL 2020 Auction, 11. Their expensive buys include Robin Uthappa for INR 300L, Jaydev Unadkat for INR 300L, and Yashasvi Jaiswal for INR 240L.
Apart from these 3, they got Andrew Tye and Tom Curran for just INR 100L each. Surprisingly, they got David Miller for just INR 75L.
Rajasthan Royals (RR) final squad for IPL 2020:
|Batsmen||Anuj Rawat (WK), David Miller, Jos Buttler (WK), Manan Vohra, Riyan Parag, Robin Uthappa, Sanju Samson (WK), Shashank Singh, Steve Smith, and Yashasvi Jaiswal.|
|All-rounders||Anirudha Joshi, Ben Stokes, Mahipal Lomrar, and Tom Curran|
|Bowlers||Akash Singh, Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer, Kartik Tyagi, Mayank Markhande, Rahul Tewatia, Shreyas Gopal, Oshane Thomas, and Varun Aaron.|
#7: Royal Challengers Bangalore
Total Players: 21
Players bought at the IPL 2020 Auction: Aaron Finch, Chris Morris, Josh Philippe, Shahbaz Ahmad, Isuru Udana, Pavan Deshpande, Dale Steyn, and Kane Richardson.
Royal Challengers Bangalore, the team that had the least number of players before the auction bought 8 more players to take their tally to 21 players; the least among all the teams.
Their strategy looked quite baffling even though they got some big names like Aaron Finch, Chris Morris, Dale Steyn, and Kane Richardson.
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) final squad for IPL 2020:
|Batsmen||Aaron Finch, Ab de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Joshua Philippe (WK), Parthiv Patel (WK), Shahbaz Ahmad (WK), and Virat Kohli (C).|
|All-rounders||Chris Morris, Gurkeerat Singh, Isuru Udana, Moeen Ali, Pavan Deshpande, Pawan Negi, Shivam Dube, and Washington Sundar.|
|Bowlers||Dale Steyn, Kane Richardson, Mohammad Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, and Yuzvendra Chahal|
#8: Sunrisers Hyderabad
Total Players: 25
Players bought at the IPL 2020 Auction: Abdul Samad, Priyam Garg, Mitchell Marsh, Sanjay Yadav, Virat Singh, Fabian Allen, and Sandeep Bavanaka
With an already settled squad, Sunrisers Hyderabad didn’t invest heavily in the IPL 2020 Auction. They played the waiting game to focus only on key Indian talent. For that, they got some really talented uncapped players in the form of Abdul Samad, Priyam Garg, Sanjay Yadav, Virat Singh, and Sandeep Bavanaka. Even their overseas contingent looks quite decent in the form of Mitchell Marsh and Fabian Allen.
Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) final squad for IPL 2020:
|Batsmen||Abdul Samad, David Warner, Jonny Bairstow (WK), Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Priyam Garg, Shreevats Goswami (WK), Virat Singh, and Wriddhiman Saha (WK),|
|All-rounders||Abhishek Sharma, Fabian Allen, Mitchell Marsh, Mohammad Nabi, Sandeep Bavanaka, Sanjay Yadav, and Vijay Shankar.|
|Bowlers||Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Billy Stanlake, Khaleel Ahmed, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Siddharth Kaul, and T Natarajan.|
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