Pat Cummins becomes most expensive player: The Australian all-rounder’s exceptional year has ended on the perfect note.
There was no hiding to the fact that IPL franchises would go all out for specialist fast bowlers in the ongoing IPL 2020 Auction. Given the importance of fast bowlers in the format, teams were expected to not worry about the budget when it came to bidding in this category.
The prices were expected to further rise in the section of overseas fast bowlers. The same happened when England all-rounder Sam Curran was bought by Chennai Super Kings for INR 5.5 crore.
Released by Kings XI Punjab last month, Curran was a much-needed player for Super Kings who didn’t hesitate from shelving out the aforementioned amount in an intense competition with Delhi Capitals.
Another similar battle was fought for South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris between Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians. While it started between Punjab and Bangalore, Indians joined in when the price was at INR 8 crore.
Expressing their hunger for Morris, RCB eventually won the battle as they acquired Morris’ services for a whopping INR 10 crore.
Pat Cummins becomes most expensive player
It was Australia all-rounder Pat Cummins who is the most expensive player of this auction till now. With a base price of INR 2 crore, Cummins was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for a gargantuan INR 15.5 crore.
The long-fought battle witnessed Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers and KKR fight for Cummins who is easily among the best fast bowlers around the world.
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) December 19, 2019
Well, well. That’s one heck of a pay day for Pat Cummins… #IPLAuction2020
— Melinda Farrell (@melindafarrell) December 19, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 19, 2019
Chris Morris reaping the benefits of a promising T20 season ahead of the #IPL2020Auction. He was off colour in the IPL last season, but his stocks have risen since. RCB get him for 10crore, more than 5x from his base price of 1.5cr.
— Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx) December 19, 2019
As far as the unsold players are concerned, India all-rounder Stuart Binny failed to find a buyer in the first round.