Indian Premier League teams have once again battled it out for some of cricket’s top stars after a bidding war in Kolkata.
The eight IPL franchises all strengthened their squads ahead of the new season at the IPL Auction 2020.
Stars from overseas and India were sold for big fees as the Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Kolkatat Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals put the finishing touches to their ranks.
The big talking point this year came as Kolkata Knight Riders splashed INR 15.50 crore (£1.7m) on Australian Pat Cummings. The total makes him the most expensive overseas star in Indian Premier League history.
Cummings is the fourth most expensive cricketer in history to be sold at the IPL Auction. He passed Ben Stokes and has only Yuvraj Singh (2014, 2015) and Gautam Gabhir (2011) ahead of him.
Betting on the IPL
Betting on the IPL in 2020 looks an intriguing challenge after huge sums were again spent at this year’s auction.
Mumbai Indians remain as favourites to win the IPL 2020 with Bet365 after they spent INR 8.5 crores on Nathan Coulter-Nile and fellow Australian Chris Lynn.
They are currently priced at 5.00 (4/1) to secure a fifth IPL title.
Anyone interested in betting on cricket and betting on the IPL might also be considering a bet on the Kolkata Knight Riders. They made Pat Cummins the most expensive player in IPL history and also added England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan.
They are priced at 8.00 (7/1) with Bet365.
The outsiders are still Kings XI Punjab despite spending the second-highest sum on a single player when landing Australian all-rounded Glenn Maxwell for INR 10.75 crore.
KXIP are 10.00 (9/1) with Bet365 along with Rajasthan Royals.
The Chennai Super Kings are second favourites at 6.00 (5/1) and strengthened their hand with the arrival of bowler Piyush Chawla and England all-rounder Sam Curran.
The Virat Kohli-captained Royal Challengers Bangalore will be pleased with their business after bringing in South African all-rounder Chris Morris. They are available at 8.00 (7/1), which is the same price as Delhi Capitals. Their standout buy was Shimron Hetmyer for INR 7.75 crore.
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Latest IPL 2020 Odds
|Chennai Super Kings
|Royal Challengers Bangalore
|Kolkata Knight Riders
|Kings XI Punjab
IPL Auction 2020 Biggest Buys
Pat Cummins became the biggest buy of the IPL Auction 2020 after Kolkata Knight Riders outbid their rivals to secure the fast bowler's services.
The Australian became the most expensive foreign player in IPL auction history, beating the 14.5 crores paid for Ben Stokes in the 2017 edition.
|Pat Cummins (KKR)
||INR 15.8 crore
|Glenn Maxwell (KXIP)
||INR 10.75 crore
|Chris Morris (RCB)
||INR 10 crore
|Sheldon Cottrell (KXIP)
||INR 8.5 crore
|Nathan Coulter-Nile (MI)
||INR 8.5 crore
|Shimron Hetmyer (DC)
||INR 7.75 crore
IPL Auction 2020 Round-up:
Mumbai Indians are looking to win their fifth IPL title and quickly moved for top-order batsman Chris Lynn early in the auction. That was followed by a host of other well-balanced buys as they completed their squad.
Who did MI buy in the IPL Auction 2020?
Nathan Coulter-Nile (Bowler): Rs 8,00,00,000
Chris Lynn (Batsman): Rs 2,00,00,000
Saurabh Tiwary (Batsman): Rs 50,00,000
Digvijay Deshmukh (All-Rounder): Rs 20,00,000
Prince Balwant Rai Singh (All-Rounder): Rs 20,00,000
Mohsin Khan (Bowler): Rs 20,00,000
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore had the most amount of spaces to fill before the auction got underway.
They already boasted the captaincy of India superstar Virat Kohli but were swift to add even more firepower to their ranks.
Their first big buy came in the form of Australia captain Aaron Finch for INR 4.4 crore. They then added South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris for INR 10.00 crore.
Who did RCB buy in the IPL Auction 2020?
Chris Morris (All-Rounder): Rs 10,00,00,000
Aaron Finch (Batsman): Rs 4,40,00,000
Kane Richardson (Bowler): Rs 4,00,00,000
Dale Steyn (Bowler): Rs 2,00,00,000
Isuru Udana (All-Rounder): Rs 50,00,000
Shahbaz Ahamad (Wicket Keeper): Rs 20,00,000
Joshua Philippe (Wicket Keeper): Rs 20,00,000
Pavan Deshpande (All-Rounder): Rs 20,00,000
Chennai Super Kings
IPL 2019 runners-up Chennai are looking to go one better after boosting their bowling attack with Piyush Chawla and Josh Hazlewood. They also added exciting England prospect Sam Curran.
Who did the CSK buy at the IPL Auction 2020?
Piyush Chawla (Bowler): Rs 6,75,00,000
Sam Curran (All-Rounder): Rs 5,50,00,000
Josh Hazlewood (Bowler): Rs 2,00,00,000
Sai Kishore (Bowler): Rs 20,00,000
Delhi Capitals, formerly known as the Delhi Daredevils, have never won the IPL title. They will hope England’s destructive opener Jason Roy and West Indian Shimron Hetmyer can improve their chances this time around.
Who did DC buy at the IPL Auction 2020?
Shimron Hetmyer (Batsman): Rs 7,75,00,000
Marcus Stoinis (All-Rounder): Rs 4,80,00,000
Alex Carey (Wicket Keeper): Rs 2,40,00,000
Jason Roy (Batsman): Rs 1,50,00,000
Chris Woakes (All-Rounder): Rs 1,50,00,000
Mohit Sharma (Bowler): Rs 50,00,000
Tushar Deshpande (Bowler): Rs 20,00,000
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders may be seen as a value bet for this year’s competition after adding big match experience to their ranks.
They are responsible for this year’s biggest buy in Pat Cummins but also added Eoin Morgan and exciting England power hitter Tom Banton for a knock-down price.
Who did KKR buy in the IPL Auction 2020?
Pat Cummins (All-Rounder): Rs 15,50,00,000
Eoin Morgan (Batsman): Rs 5,25,00,000
Varun Chakaravarthy (All-Rounder): Rs 4,00,00,000
Tom Banton (Batsman): Rs 1,00,00,000
Rahul Tripathi (Batsman): Rs 60,00,000
Chris Green (All-Rounder): Rs 20,00,000
Nikhil Shankar Naik (Wicket Keeper): Rs 20,00,000
Pravin Tambe (Bowler): Rs 20,00,000
M Siddharth (Bowler): Rs 20,00,000
Rajasthan will be looking to improve on a disappointing campaign in 2019 when finishing seventh.
They boosted their squad with the notable additions of Robin Uthappa, Jaydev Unadkat and Tom Curran.
Who did RR buy at the IPL Auction 2020?
Robin Uthappa (Batsman): Rs 3,00,00,000
Jaydev Unadkat (Bowler): Rs 3,00,00,000
Yashasvi Jaiswal (All-Rounder): Rs 2,40,00,000
Kartik Tyagi (Bowler): Rs 1,30,00,000
Tom Curran (All-Rounder): Rs 1,00,00,000
Andrew Tye (Bowler): Rs 1,00,00,000
Anuj Rawat (Wicket Keeper): Rs 80,00,000
David Miller (Batsman): Rs 75,00,000
Oshane Thomas (Bowler): Rs 50,00,000
Anirudha Ashok Joshi (All-Rounder): Rs 20,00,000
Akash Singh (Bowler): Rs 20,00,000
Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI had the most money available at the start of the auction and made their position count by securing the sought-after services of Glenn Maxwell.
They are ranked as outsiders with many bookmakers ahead of the new season but made sure to strengthen their middle-order to add to the likes of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle at the top.
Who did KXIP buy in the IPL Auction 2020?
Glenn Maxwell (All-Rounder): Rs 10,75,00,000
Sheldon Cottrell (Bowler): Rs 8,50,00,000
Chris Jordan (All-Rounder): Rs 3,00,00,000
Ravi Bishnoi (Bowler): Rs 2,00,00,000
Prabhsimran Singh (Wicket Keeper): Rs 55,00,000
Jimmy Neesham (All-Rounder): Rs 50,00,000
Deepak Hooda (All-Rounder): Rs 50,00,000
Tajinder Dhillon (All-Rounder): Rs 20,00,000
Ishan Porel (Bowler): Rs 20,00,000
Hyderabad already boast the likes of Kane Williamson, Jonny Bairstow and David Warner among their ranks but fought hard to get young Indian batsman Priyam Garb before also adding Mitchell Marsh.
Who did SH buy in the IPL Auction 2020?
Mitchell Marsh (All-Rounder): Rs 2,00,00,000
Priyam Garg (Batsman): Rs 1,90,00,000
Virat Singh (Batsman): Rs 1,90,00,000
Fabian Allen (All-Rounder): Rs 50,00,000
Sandeep Bavanaka (All-Rounder): Rs 20,00,000
Sanjay Yadav (All-Rounder): Rs 20,00,000
Abdul Samad (All-Rounder): Rs 20,00,000