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IPL auction 2020 highlights: Australians laugh their way to bank, uncapped Indian stars rake in big bucks

IPL 2020 auction : Catch the highlights of the entire bidding process as all 8 franchises filled up their respective teams for the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League.

By HT Correspondent | Dec 19, 2019 21:05 IST

IPL Auction 2020 highlights: Australian paceman Pat Cummins on Thursday entered the record books after Kolkata Knight Riders decided to shell out a whopping 15.5 crore for him. Another Aussie went for big money as Glenn Maxwell was picked up for 10.75 crore by Kings XI Punjab, a franchise Maxwell has represented earlier. South African fast bowling all-rounder Chris Morris was bought for 10 crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore. He had a base price of 1.5 crore. West Indian left-handed paceman Sheldon Cottrell, who has impressed in the ongoing tour of India was bought for a whopping 8.5 crore by Kings XI Punjab. Mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy attracted big bucks yet again, finally going for 4 crore to Kolkata Knight Riders. Among the young uncapped players, left-handed Virat Singh and current U-19 captain Priyam Gard were both picked up by Sunrisers Hyderabad for 1.9 crore respectively. Mumbai lad Yashasvi Jaiswal was bought for 2.4 crore by Rajasthan Royals.

Follow IPL 2020 auction highlights here:

20:49 hrs IST

Auction ends

Lalit Yadav is sold to Delhi Capitals for 20 lakh. Wicket-keeper batsman Nikhil Naik is sold to KKR for 20 lakh. England all-rounder Tom Curran goes to RR for 1 Cr. Isuru Udana sold to RCB for 50 lakh. Vinay Kumar wa sthe last player and he went unsold. With that, the IPL 2020 auction concludes and all the teams will be happy with what they have bought. Australians led the way as raked in big bucks and Englishmen were also in high demand. Uncapped Indian players also left their mark and went for big bucks.

20:45 hrs IST

Final session of the auction begins

10 players to go under the hammer and the first name to come out of the hat is Dale Steyn. The South African finally has a buyer and he goes back to RCB for his base price of 2 cr. Andrew Tye goes to RR for 1 Cr which was his base price.

20:30 hrs IST

HT’s Dhiman Sarkar from the venue

Stoinis gets a team after being unsold in the first round. Looks like DC managed to find the all rounder they needed. And though Shah Rukh Khan remained unsold, the SRK was seen in the auction room. But not on the table.

20:25 hrs IST

Bidding war for another Australian

Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals engaged in a bidding war for Marcus Stoinis and in the end DC prevailed. The landed the Aussie all-rounder for 4.8 cr. But Mark Wood is unsold once again.

20:20 hrs IST

Prabhsimran has a team finally

Last year’s multi-millionaire Prabhsimran Singh had a base price of 20 lakh but a bidding war between KXIP and DC fetch him 55 lakh and he will play for Anil Kumble’s team. DC buy Tushar Deshpande for 20 lakh.

20:17 hrs IST

Mohit goes to Delhi

After being released by CSK, Mohit Sharma finds a buyer in DC for 50 lakh. However, Dale Steyn and Andrew Tye go unsold for second time today in this accelerated auction. Pavan Deshpande goes to RCB for 20 lakh.

20:14 hrs IST

Bargain buys for teams

All-rounder Anirudha Joshi is sold to Rajasthan Royals for 20 lakh. Digvijay Deshmukh and Prince Balwant Rai Singh go to Mumbai Indians for 20 lakh each. Sanjay Yadav to Sunrisers Hyderabad for 20 lakh.

20:11 hrs IST

Unsold list grows bigger and bigger

James Pattinson, Liam Plunkett, Kesrick Williams and George Garton all go unsold. Like Kevin Pietersen had said before the auction that apart from a good celebration, Williams doesn’t bring anything else to the table. The IPL franchises also think the same apparently.

20:08 hrs IST

Tambe goes to KKR

The oldest player in IPL, Praveen Tambe, comes to Kolkata. Tambe took a hattrick against KKR in 2014. Before the auction, he told HT: “I didn’t think about it…that I am 48…until you reminded me. That’s my approach. I am just as excited about the auctions as every other cricketer on the list.”

20:03 hrs IST

Another big-money Aussie signing

Australia medium pacer Kane Richardson goes for 4 cr and he is bought by RCB. West Indies pacer Oshane Thomas goes to RR for his base price of 50 lakh. All-rounder Sumit Kumar and Wicket-keeper Aryan Juyal are unsold.

20:00 hrs IST

International stars go unsold

Sri Lanka all-rounder Isuru Udana, Australia fast bowler Sean Abbot and New Zealand fast bowler Matt Henry fail to find any buyer in the auction.

20:00 hrs IST

Bid goes big for Jordan

Englishman Chris Jordan too rakes in big bucks as he goes for 3 cr to Kings XI Punjab. However, his compatriot failed to find any buyer as Tom Curran goes unsold.

19:55 hrs IST

Tom Banton goes to KKR

KKR snap up Tom Banton for his base price of 1 cr. The young wicket-keeper batsman was one of stars of the T20 Blast in England and even got a call-up to the national side. His stay at the crease against New Zealand was not entirely long, but he attracted a lot of interest from pundits.

19:50 hrs IST

Mixed bag for uncapped cricketers

Shahbaz Ahamad, Nikhil Naik, Joshua Philippe are unsold. No luck for majority of the uncapped stars as they fail to find teams for this edition of the league.

19:44 hrs IST

Auction resumes in Kolkata

Ayush Badoni, Sandeep Bavanaka, Pravin Dubey, Shams Mulani go unsold right after the resumption of the final stage of the auction. Chris Green goes to KKR for 20 lakh.

19:30 hrs IST

Yashasvi Jaiswal’s pursuit of happiness

His is the quintessential rags to riches tale of Thursday’s IPL auction but 17-year-old Yashasvi Jaiswal, who once sold panipuri to make a living in Mumbai, considers the Rs 2.40 crore deal with Rajasthan Royals a once-in-a-lifetime learning opportunity. Read full story here

19:20 hrs IST

Meet future stars who raked in the moolah

The moolahs came flying in for young uncapped Indian players and the IPL vindicated its tagline - Where talent meets opportunity. The franchises were circumspect in the initial stages, but were rather expressive when the names of these uncapped prodigies propped up. Yashasvi Jaiswal, Virat Singh and Ravi Bishnoi headlined the session as Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab lapped up these youngsters. Read full story here

19:10 hrs IST

HT’s Dhiman Sarkar from the venue

Piyush is rated very highly by our captain and is a quality leg spinner, somewhat different from Karn Sharma. We will have to decide on how he fits in because we have a lot of spinners but our wicket has always favoured spinners. Getting Hazelwood helped get us some firepower because we struggled with that last time: Stephen Fleming, CSK coach.

19:00 hrs IST

HT’s Dhiman Sarkar from the venue

We consider Unadkat as one of India’s finest quicks and it shows in how others bid for him. He also has a terrific relationship with our captain. We always need to look for backup for our English players because we don’t know how many are going to be available: RR co owner Badale.

18:50 hrs IST

MI owner speaks

Never expected to get Lynn at base price and Coulter Nile.We had to be careful with our picks. Releasing players after we have had a successful season is the toughest thing in the IPL: MI owner Akash Ambani. 

18:45 hrs IST

Break time

The owners head for a break and we too have are off for a short breather. The auction will continue soon and the players who have been unsold will return into the pot. However, the franchises will give their picks as to which players have to be brought back for bidding again.

18:40 hrs IST

Neesham, Hazlewood find teams

Jimmy Neesham goes to Kings XI Punjab for 50 lakh. Anrich Nortje, Barinder Sran, Mark Wood, Alzarri Joseph and Mustafiqur Rahman are unsold. CSK flex their muscles and land Josh Hazlewood for base price of 2 cr. Kiwi pacer Adam Milne goes unsold.  

18:35 hrs IST

Unsold list grows

Andile Phehlukwayo, Colin Munro, Ben Cutting and Rishi Dhawan go unsold. The unsold names will be back for final stage of fast auction where teams will get a chance to bid for them again.

18:30 hrs IST

No takers for foreign all-rounders?

Carlos Brathwaite and Marcus Stoinis go back into the pot as they go unsold in the first go. However, Mitchell Marsh goes to SRH for 2 cr and he will join his countryman David Warner in the side.

18:25 hrs IST

Big names go unsold

Colin Ingram and Martin Guptill go unsold despite their incredible T20 credentials. The teams are going after specialists are these two seemingly don’t fit the bill.

18:20 hrs IST

Bargain for RR

Rajasthan Royals managed to steal one under the noses of rivals as they managed to buy David Miller for just 75 lakh. Meanwhile, Saurabh Tiwary goes to Mumbai Indians for 50 lakh. However, Manoj Tiwary goes unsold once again.  

18:15 hrs IST

Bidding on for Shimron Hetmyer

Following a fierce bidding war between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals, hard-hitting West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer goes to DC for 7.75 Cr. Surprisingly, his countryman Evin Lewis goes unsold.

18:05 hrs IST

HT’s Dhiman Sarkar from the venue

From being top mystery spinner whom KKR invested in to being unsold, KC Cariappa’s story has gone in reverse direction.

18:01 hrs IST

Bishnoi rakes in big bucks

Leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi goes to KXIP for 2 Cr. He is a leg-spinner who has a superb googly, he is also a handy lower order batsman and also a solid fielder. He showned his pedigree in the youth ODIs where he picked up 12 wickets in seven matches at an economy rate of 4.37.

17:56 hrs IST

HT’s Dhiman Sarkar from the venue

Ishan Porel gets IPL team in Kings XI Punjab. At base price of 20 Lakh. One of the heroes of the last Under 19 World Cup.

17:52 hrs IST

Big money for uncapped Indians

Kartik Tyagi is bought by Rajasthan Royal for 1.3 Cr. He is a right-arm medium pacer from UP and is part of the 2020 Under 19 World Cup. Uncapped fast bowler Akash Singh is also sold to RR for 20L.

17:47 hrs IST

HT’s Dhiman Sarkar from the venue

Yashasvi Jaiswal going for 2.40 crore is no surprise. His hitting abilities have been noticed by all. Varun Chakravarthy too is a continuation of the idea of looking at Cariappa in the past. Also, could be replacement for Chawla.

17:44 hrs IST

Jaiswal goes to RR

Rajasthan Royals shell out a whopping 2.4 cr for Yashasvi Jaiswal. He became the youngest batsman to score a double century in first-class cricket when he achieved this feat in the Vizay Hazare trophy. Also, he smoked 25 sixes in only six Vijay Hazare Trophy games which is a great indication of his hitting prowess.

17:41 hrs IST

Another windfall for Varun

28-year-old uncapped cricketer Varun Chakravarthy goes to KKR for 4 Cr. He was bought by KXIP for 8.4 Cr last time around.

17:39 hrs IST

HT’s Dhiman Sarkar from the venue

Virat Singh, 22, and Priyam Garg, who leads India U19, being bought by SRH for 1.90 crore each is sign of them looking at youth.

17:35 hrs IST

U-19 skipper rakes in big bucks

India Under 19 captain Priyam Garg goes to SRH for 1.9 Cr as well. He is a highly rate domestic player and will lead India at U-19 World Cup 2020.  

17:33 hrs IST

Another Virat makes waves

Virat Singh is bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for 1.9 Cr. He is a left-handed batsman and is 22-year-old. There was a bidding war between SRH and KXIP and David Warner’s team eventually managed to land him. He has been in stellar form in the ongoing season - he scored 335 runs in the seven matches he played in the Vijay Hazare at an average of 83.75 and a strike rate of 100.60. Also, he peeled off 343 runs in the 10 matches he played at the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

17:30 hrs IST

Tripathi finds a buyer

KKR and RCB are engaged in a bidding war for Rahul Tripathi. KKR eventually snap up Tripathi for 60 lakh.

17:26 hrs IST

Uncapped players set for the hammer

Manjot Kalra is the first uncapped player to go under the hammer and he goes unsold. Rohan Kadam and Harpreet Bhatia are also unsold.

17:20 hrs IST

HT’s Dhiman Sarkar from the venue

Interesting that CSK paid 6.75 for Chawla even though their wicket is known to prefer spinners.

17:20 hrs IST

Unsold list grows further

Zahir Khan, Hayden Walsh, Adam Zampa and Ish Sodhi join a long list of players who have gone unsold today.

17:17 hrs IST

HT’s Dhiman Sarkar from the venue

KXIP salute Cottrell with 8.5 crore. A left arm pacer who has developed inteesting variations and can be effective cutting down on pace would be a handful in IPL, they surely think.

17:13 hrs IST

Chawla rakes in big bucks

Chennai Super Kings with their second buy of the day as they snap up Piyush Chawla for 6.75 Cr. He was let go off by two time champions KKR and CSK engaged in a fierce bidding war with KXIP to land him.

17:10 hrs IST

Big money for Cottrell

Sheldon Cottrell had set his base price at 50 lakh. After a fierce bidding war, KXIP buy him for 8.5 Cr. Cottrell has performed well in the ongoing series against India and that has helped him go for big money.

17:06 hrs IST

HT’s Dhiman Sarkar from the venue

Having paid 11.5 crore for Unadkat and then 8.4 crore last term, Royals have got him back for one-fourth the price almost. Quite like what KKR did with Yusuf Pathan in 2014.

17:03 hrs IST

MI land Coulter-Nile

After a fierce bidding war between MI and CSK, the defending champions managed to land Nathan Coulter-Nile for 8 Cr. The team owners seem to happy with their buy as there is jubilation among the people sitting for the auction.

16:59 hrs IST

Another windfall for Unadkat

Jaydev Unadkat goes for big money again as this time he goes for 3 Cr. Guess which team has bought him? Yes you guessed it right - Rajasthan Royals. The previous year he went to the team for 8.4 Cr and the year before, he was bought for 11.5 Cr.

16:57 hrs IST

HT’s Dhiman Sarkar from the venue

Shai Hope unsold means franchises are not setting great store by current performance. Mysore said yesterday that they have been readying for this for two months and while the recent performance is being noticed it won’t sway our plan. He could have been speaking for all teams.

16:53 hrs IST

Unsold list grows bigger

Heinrich Klaasen, Naman Ojha, Mohit Sharma and Mushfiqur Rahim fail to get any bidders and go unsold. Surprisingly, Shai Hope and Dale Steyn also go unsold. New Zealand bowler Tim Southee also goes unsold.

16:50 hrs IST

HT’s Dhiman Sarkar from the venue

Morgan will be the perfect lieutenant for DK. He will try and provide as much experience to the leadership group. And bat at No. 4 which is a crucial position. He is a wonder man and as a coach, I am happy we could secure Morgan and Cummins: Brendon McCullum, KKR coach.

16:45 hrs IST

Alex Carey bidding begins new session

Australian Alex Carey has a base price of 50 lakh and bidding is currently on for him. RCB is leading the bid for him as value approaches 1 Cr. Carey finally goes to Delhi Capitals for 2.4 Cr. Heinrich Klaasen, Naman Ojha and Mushfiqur Rahim go unsold.

16:35 hrs IST

HT’s Dhiman Sarkar from the venue

“Maxwell provides the X Factor”, says Satish Menon CEO of KXIP. “We are sure he is progressing very well, he said referring to his mental health issues. He was with us and knows exactly what we are looking at.”

“Would have got into the bidding earlier but prices were so high”, says Venky Mysore MD KKR on Pat Cummins. “He was a key player for us at the auction. That he and Morgan were with KKR in 2014 when we won is a good omen.”

16:25 hrs IST

HT’s Dhiman Sarkar from the venue

Good buy for RCB. Morris is good with variations. And RCB need to bolster their squad.

16:21 hrs IST

Morris goes for big bucks

All-rounder Chris Morris saw a bidding war go for him between RCB and KXIP. MI joined the fight for a brief period but eventually RCB managed to buy him at 10 Cr. All-rounder Stuart Binny went unsold as the first two sets of auctions comes to an end and a short break has been taken.  

16:17 hrs IST

First buy of the day for CSK

Chennai Super Kings shell out big bucks for Sam Curran for 5.5 Cr. He scalped a hat-trick in the last edition of the league and now he will get to show his talent for the three-time champions.

16:14 hrs IST

HT’s Dhiman Sarkar from the venue

With Gurney, Lockie Ferguson and Russell available to say nothing of Mavi and Nagarkoti, it looked surprising that KKR would make a late entry and bag Cummins. Yesterday, Kaif had spoken about Cummins going for a lot and it showed today. DC had released Boult so they were looking for a replacement, RCB have had bowling issues for long. Cummins at KKR could be in view of the Eden pitch these days. This will need some explaining.

16:10 hrs IST

Massive windfall for Cummins

Pat Cummins is setting cash registers on fire as bidding for him as exceeded 14 Cr. RCB and DC are going hard to land him. In the end, KKR steal Cummins under the nose of everyone and snap up Cummins for 15.5 Cr. The two-time champions simply bamboozled everyone. Cummins is KKR’s most expensive player ever and only 50 lakh short of the highest ever.

16:06 hrs IST

HT’s Dhiman Sarkar from the venue

Two unsolds, one more surprising than the other. Pathan is in the twilight of his career but De Grandhome could have been useful as all rounder. Surprised that SRH didn’t go for him because they have released three all rounders before the auction.

16:04 hrs IST

Woakes goes to Delhi

Delhi Capitals buy Chris Woakes at base price of 1.5 Cr. Yusuf Pathan has gone unsold. Bidding is now going on for Australia superstar Pat Cummins. Cummins’ bidding has exceeded 13 Cr.

16:00 hrs IST

HT’s Dhiman Sarkar from the venue

If anyone had any doubt about the power of that silver hammer, it was released early. Kaif spoke about the need for power at the back end and so it fit that DC would go for him. With KXIP having the fattest purse and looking to rebuild, it made sense that they would more than match DC and win Maxwell back.

15:55 hrs IST

Maxwell set for windfall

KXIP and DC are fighting tooth and nails for Glenn Maxwell and the bidding has already exceeded 8.5 Cr. Remember these are the two teams who have released him in the past. The bidding has now crossed 10 Cr. KXIP eventually win the battle and land Maxwell for 10.75 Cr.

15:53 hrs IST

HT’s Dhiman Sarkar from the venue

It fit that KKR would fight for Finch after releasing Lynn but he finally went to RCB who need more replenishment after releasing 12 players.

15:50 hrs IST

Finch goes for big money

KKR and RCB are fighting over the Australian skipper and the bidding has gone over 4 Cr already. RCB win the bidding finally as they shell out Rs 4.4 Cr for Aaron Finch.

15:45 hrs IST

Delhi snap up Jason Roy

Delhi Capitals make opening bid for England opener Jason Roy. There are no other takers for him and he goes for 1.5 CR to the Capitals. Bidding war currently going on for Aaron Finch.

15:43 hrs IST

HT’s Dhiman Sarkar from the venue

Chris Lynn goes really cheap at base price to MI. Could have something to do with his injury issues. Morgan comes back to KKR at 5.25 crore after a fight with Delhi Capitals. His brisk batting in the middle order will be something KKR would be looking for. Also as England captain, he can help DK with inputs. 

15:40 hrs IST

Big bucks for Morgan

Eoin Morgan: Delhi Capitals makes opening bid at 1.5 Cr. Kolkata Knight Riders are rivalling them. The bidding war is won by KKR as they shell out 5.25 Cr for the England captain. Robin Uthappa goes to Rajasthan Royals for Rs 3 Crores. Hanuma Vihari goes unsold at the auction and so does Cheteshwar Pujara.

15:35 hrs IST

First set of the auction begins

Chris Lynn: Mumbai Indians start the bidding for the Australian at base price of Rs 2 Crore. There were no takers for him and he goes for MI for his base price.

15:30 hrs IST

IPL chairman makes opening statement

IPL chief Brijesh Patel is marking the opening of IPL 2020 auction as me makes the opining statement. Bidding wars is set to grip Kolkata as the players are set to go under the hammer. Team owners have taken their respective seats and BCCI members are also present on the dias including president Sourav Ganguly. Hugh Edmeades is the auctioneer for this glittering event.

15:25 hrs IST

We are about to get underway

In the last auction 346 cricketers were shortlisted, including 226 Indian cricketers. This time around, 338 players are set to go under the hammers. Few uncapped players will be waiting with bated breaths while international stars will also know their new teams. It’s going to be a thrilling ride. Get ready everyone.

15:20 hrs IST

Who will be the most expensive buy?

Former Australia cricketer and expert for official broadcasters Dean Jones feels countryman Pat Cummins will go for at least 11 Crores. Cummins has been a revelation for Australia in recent times and his bowling abilities are second to none. Let’s see if Jones’ prediction comes true.

15:11 hrs IST

Teams making their way in

The franchises are making their way in he auction room in Kolkata. We are minutes away from the auction. You can almost feel the atmosphere.

15:07 hrs IST

WI players under spotlight

In the ongoing series against India, few West Indies players must have caught the eyes of IPL teams. Let’s look at few players who can start a bidding war.

Shimron Hetmyer: The young left-hander was one of the marquee picks last year, but had a very disappointing season with Royal Challengers Bangalore. He was released ahead of the auction, but then, has found form in the recent months.

Sheldon Cottrell: This season Sheldon Cottrell might be one of the picks in the IPL. He has been the find of the year for West Indies. He was their best bowler at the World Cup, he has always been consistent at the CPL and has been in great form in the ongoing series against India.

Kesrick Williams: The Williams vs Kohli battles was an interesting subplot in the T20I series and the bowler showed he had the mettle to stand up and deliver at crunch moments.

15:00 hrs IST

KXIP with fattest purse

Kings XI Punjab decided to make some bold trade offs during the transfer window and as a result have the fattest purse of 42.70 crore going into the IPL auction.With Anil Kumble at the helm of affairs KXIP surely have a great think tank and mentor to take them in to right direction. What they need - a good pacer, reinforcement in spin department, all-rounder and experienced overseas captain.

14:50 hrs IST

Youngest player in the auction

15-year-old Noor Ahmad Lakanwal is a left-arm wrist spinner from Kabul, who is yongest. He is a few days shy of his 15th birthday, but already has the cricket fraternity in Afghanistan excited about his skills. “I am very excited because the IPL is the best league in the world and there will be many big names involved,” Lakanwal said over the phone from Kabul. “But I am also trying to keep my feet on the ground and not get too distracted by it as I have a long future in this game to achieve these things.”

14:40 hrs IST

Oldest player in the auction

Pravin Tambe is 48, a father of two, and a leg-spinner from Mumbai who is something of a legend in local club cricket.When it comes to age, Tambe is already an IPL pioneer; he made it straight to the T20 league without ever playing first class cricket in 2013, and became the oldest player in the IPL back then at 41. Then he picked up a bunch of wickets, including a hat-trick, and found himself in the limelight. “I didn’t think about it…that I am 48…until you reminded me,” Tambe said. “That’s my approach. I am just as excited about the auctions as every other cricketer on the list.”

14:30 hrs IST

What RCB need from IPL 2020 auctions

A finisher, an experienced seamer will be on top of agenda for Royal Challengers Bangalore. They have released the most numbers of players ahead of the auctions and if they stay true to their tradition of maintainting a big squad then chances are they will again pick a lot of players.

Possible Targets: Eoin Morgan, David Miller, Glenn Maxwell, Pat Cummins, Sheldon Cottrell, Mustafizur Rahman, Chris Jordan, Tom Curran, Andrew Tye.

14:20 hrs IST

Ponting reveals Delhi’s plans

Head coach Ricky Ponting has revealed which type of players the franchise will be going after in the auction.

14:10 hrs IST

KKR need big hitters at top

Kolkata Knight Riders decided to let go off Chris Lynn and that means they will have to buy an hard-hitting top order batsman. Sunil Narine is still there but he needs an equally destructive player at the top as they have been accustomed to in the past.

14:00 hrs IST

CSK eye good back-up options

Chennai Super Kings have a good nucleus, but they would want to acquire the services of specific players and here in this article, we take a look at the three players who could be a good fit for the MS Dhoni-led side. They can go for Piyush Chawla, Marcus Stoinis and Sam Curran. Read here for full story.

13:50 hrs IST

Sunrisers Hyderabad team ahead of IPL auctions

Kane Williamson, David Warner, Manish Pandey, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Shahbaz Nadeem, Billy Stanlake, Basil Thampi, T Natarajan.

13:45 hrs IST

A look at Rajasthan Royals squad before IPL 2020 auction

Steve Smith (captain), Sanju Samson, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler, Riyan Parag, Shashank Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Mahipal Lomror, Varun Aaron, Manan Vohra, Mayank Markande, Rahul Tewatia, Ankit Rajpoot.

13:40 hrs IST

Injury woes for Dale Steyn

South Africa pacer Dale Steyn, who has kept his base price in the highest bracket of 2 crore for IPL 2020 auctions, will miss the Melbourne Stars’ opening match against Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League (BBL) as he is still recovering from a side strain. Pakistan bowler Haris Rauf joins the Stars as an overseas replacement. Will this keep the franchises away from going for Steyn? He had played in the last season for RCB after being drafted in as a replacement.

13:35 hrs IST

Mumbai Indians team so far

Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Kieran Pollard, Quinton de Kock, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Krunal Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Anmolpreet Singh, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Ishan Kishan, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Aditya Tare, Sherfane Rutherford, Jayant Yadav.

13:30 hrs IST

Kolkata Knight Riders squad before IPL auction

Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Shubman Gill, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Siddhesh Lad.

13:25 hrs IST

NEWS: Six new players added to IPL auction list

Vinay Kumar, Ashoke Dinda, Matthew Wade, Robin Bist, Sanjay Yadav, and Jake Weatherald have been added in the IPL 2020 auction list, taking the total number of players to be auctioned today in Kolkata to 338. (Click here for full details)

13:19 hrs IST

RCB director Mike Hesson gives an insight into auction plans

“We have already been working for the past couple of months, which included doing mock auctions between us, which now has to reflect. Additionally, we have been doing lots of research work on players whom we have been interested in, like identifying the right role, we want people to play and we feel will fit the bill,” said Mike Hesson, who is now the Director of Cricket Operations with RCB.

13:14 hrs IST

Here’s how the KXIP squad looks like as of now

KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Sarfaraz Khan, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, K Gowtham, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Arshdeep Singh, Hardus Viljoen, M Ashwin, J Suchith, Harpreet Brar, and Darshan Nalkande.

13:08 hrs IST

Delhi Capitals squad before IPL 2020 auction

Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Keemo Paul, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, R Ashwin, Ajinkya Rahane.

13:03 hrs IST

Chennai Super Kings Squad before IPL 2020 auction

MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, M Vijay, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Monu Kumar, N Jagadeesan, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif.

12:59 hrs IST

Remaining purse of all 8 franchises

Chennai Super Kings: Available Indian Slots 5, Available Overseas Slots: 2, Available Amount: 14.60 cr

Delhi Capitals: Indian Slots: 11, Available Overseas Slots: 5, Available Amount: 27.85 cr

Kings XI Punjab: Available Indian Slots: 9, Available Overseas Slots: 4, Available Amount: 42.70 cr

Kolkata Knight Riders: Available Indian Slots: 11, Available Overseas Slots: 4: Available Amount: 35.65 cr

Mumbai Indians: Available Indian Slots: 7, Available Overseas Slots: 2, Available Amount: 13.05 cr

Rajasthan Royals: Available Indian Slots: 11, Available Overseas Slots: 4, Available Amount: 28.90 cr

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Available Indian Slots: 12, Available Overseas Slots: 6, Available Amount: 27.90 cr.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Available Indian Slots: 7, Available Overseas Slots: 2, Available Amount: 17 cr

12:45 hrs IST

Bidding wars for IPL 2020 auctions

Here are the players who can really trigger bidding wars between the franchises.

Glenn Maxwell (Base price 2 crore)

Eoin Morgan (Base price 1.5 crore)

Shimron Hetmyer (Base price 50 lakh)

Chris Woakes (Base price 1.5 crore)

Sheldon Cottrell (Base price 50 lakh)

12:35 hrs IST

3 uncapped Indians who could be hot picks

Yashasvi Jaiswal (Mumbai)

Yashasvi Jaiwal is an ideal candidate to sweep away all the accolades in this IPL auctions. He has done the rags and now perhaps it is time for him to get the riches. From selling to panipuri and sleeping in tents in Mumbai, he became the youngest batsman to score a double century in List A cricket when he achieved this feat in the Vizay Hazare trophy. Also, he smoked 25 sixes in only six games in the tournament.

Ravi Bishnoi (Rajasthan)

He is a leg-spinner who has a superb googly, he is also a handy lower order batsman and also a solid fielder. Bishnoi has all the traits to be a perfect fit in any IPL side and he has shown his pedigree in the youth ODIs where he picked up 12 wickets in seven matches at an economy rate of 4.37. Quite a number of teams need a solid wrist-spinner and this is what could see Bishnoi’s stocks rise at the auctions.

Virat Singh (Jharkhand)

Jharkhand’s Virat Singh has been one of the top performers in white ball cricket in India’s domestic cricket Even in this season, he has scored 335 runs in the seven matches he played in the Vijay Hazare at an average of 83.75 and a strike rate of 100.60. Also, he peeled off 343 runs in the 10 matches he played at the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

12:25 hrs IST

The youngest and the oldest

15-year-old Afghanistan left-arm wrist spinner Noor Ahmad and India’s 48-year-old leggie Pravin Tambe are the youngest and the oldest cricketers in IPL 2020 auctions and the common chord between them is Rajasthan Royals. (Here’s their full story)

12:18 hrs IST

Hot picks from England

Here three England crickers who can start a bidding war between the franchises.

Tom Banton

Tom Banton is a young ‘keeper batsman, who does know how to hit it big. He recently made his T20 debut against New Zealand. Though he did not set the stage on fire but showed enough glimpse of his big hitting abilities.sides always look for a good attacking opening batsman and the fact that Banton also keeps wicket, could make a good pick.

Chris Jordan

In many ways, Chris Jordan is England’s best bowler in T20s. But somehow he hasn’t got the best of deals in IPL auctions. His previous stints at the IPL have not been very productive, but this season, he could one of the bigger picks at the auctions.

Eoin Morgan

For all his talent, demeanour and approach, Eoin Morgan has never been able to crack the IPL code. However, this has been a superb year from him - leading England to World Cup glory and for being one of the most destructive batsmen in the format. He recently captained Delhi Bulls in the Abu Dhabi T10 league and smashed 175 runs in just six matches at a splendid strike rate of 186.

12:10 hrs IST

5 most expensive players in IPL history

Yuvraj Singh: Rs 16 crore, Delhi Daredevils (2015).

Ben Stokes: Rs 14.5 crore, Rising Pune Supergiant (2017).

Yuvraj Singh: Rs 14 crore, Royal Challengers Bangalore (2014) .

Dinesh Karthik: Rs 12.5 crore, Delhi Daredevils (2014) .

Ben Stokes: Rs 12.5 crore, Rajasthan Royals (2018)

12:00 hrs IST

Who is the richest?

With 42.70 crores left in their purse, Kings XI Punjab have the most amount of money going into the auction. And with an available amount of only 13.05 crore, Mumbai Indians will go into this auction with the least amount of money.

11:50 hrs IST

The 1.5 crore bracket

Robin Uthappa (only Indian), Shaun Marsh, Kane Richardson, Eoin Morgan, Jason Roy, Chris Woakes, Chris Morris, Kyle Abbott.

11:40 hrs IST

The highest bracket

Like every year, 2 crore has been set as the highest base price. The players who have listed in the highest bracket are - Dale Steyn, Chris Lynn, Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell, Mitchell Marsh, Josh Hazlewood, ANgelo Matthews

11:35 hrs IST

Complete list of players to be auctioned

More than 900 players had registered for the IPL 2020 acutions but BCCI trimmed it to only 332. But that seems a lot as the available slots are only 73. (Here is the full list of players along with their base price for the IPL 2020 auctions)

11:30 hrs IST

IPL 2020 auction

Hello and welcome to the live updates of IPL 2020 auctions in Kolkata. It’s another season and another auction but the excitement remains the same. Unlike an early morning start, which usually, the norm in IPL auctions, The auctions for IPL 2020 will begin at 3:30 pm.

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