Just like every instance, this year’s auctions for the forthcoming edition of the highly admired Indian Premier League (IPL) were full of surprises and thrill. For this event which took place in Kolkata, all the teams were given a total amount of Rs 85 crore, which is Rs 3 crore more than the last season.
While Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings looked to fill the few vacant spots, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore decided to rebuild their squads. Aussie paceman Pat Cummins, who joined Kolkata, turned out to be this year’s most expensive cricketer, fetching Rs 15.5 crore. On the other hand, spinner Piyush Chawla was the most expensive Indian player, getting bought for Rs 6.75 crore by Chennai Super Kings.
The prowess of domestic performers Varun Chakravarthy and Yashasvi Jaiswal also attracted huge bids as they became the two most expensive domestic cricketers. Varun, for Rs 4 crore, went to KKR, while Yashasvi was sold for Rs 2.4 crore to Rajasthan Royals. Moreover, the 48-year old Pravin Tambe was also acquired by KKR.
Chris Lynn made his way to Mumbai Indians while Glenn Maxwell will be seen playing for Kings XI Punjab along with Sheldon Cottrell. The explosive batting duo of Jason Roy and Shimron Hetmyer joined Delhi Capitals along with the all-rounder Marcus Stoinis. Sam Curran, for his all-round ability, went to Chennai Super Kings. Moreover, the World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan along with rising wicket-keeping sensation Tom Banton will be seen playing for Kolkata.