Sheldon Cottrell in IPL 2020 Auction: The West Indies fast bowler was successful in alluring a whopping price in IPL auction.
The second half of the ongoing IPL 2020 auction has seen franchises bidding heavily for bowlers. Rajasthan Royals have regained fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat for the third consecutive season after releasing them last month.
Having said that, Royals have only spent INR 3 crore for Unadkat this year after spending in vicinity of INR 10 crore in the last two seasons.
Jaydev Unadkat has been bought in IPL auctions NINE times – the most among all players.
2011 – $250k, by KKR
2013 – $525k, RCB
2014 – 2.8 crores, DD
2015 – 1.1 cr, DD
2016 – 1.6 cr, KKR
2017 – 30 lakhs, RPS
2018 – 11.5 cr, RR
2019 – 8.4 cr, RR
2020 – 3 cr, RR
— Bharath Seervi (@SeerviBharath) December 19, 2019
Australia fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile, who last played a T20I in February, became one of the costliest players for this auction as Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians actively bid for him. Defending champions Mumbai spent INR 8 crore to win the battle from the runners-up.
Sheldon Cottrell in IPL 2020 Auction
West Indies fast bowler Sheldon Cottrell, who has been doing the rounds at the highest level, will make his IPL debut for Kings XI Punjab this year. Cottrell received bids from Rajasthan Royals, Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals but was eventually bought by KXIP for a whopping INR 8.5 crore.
Having already spent INR 10.75 crore on Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, Kings XI have nearly spent half their budget on two overseas players.
Another surprising pick from the second hour of the auction was veteran spinner Piyush Chawla receiving INR 6.75 crore from Chennai Super Kings. Chennai fought tensely with Punjab to pick the 30-year old spinner. Having last played for India in 2012, Chawla actively plays for Gujarat across formats in the domestic circuit.
Wake up Piyush Chawla, this is for real…….
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 19, 2019
Among the renowned players who went unsold recently are South Africa wicket-keeper batsman Heinrich Klaasen, Bangladesh wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, West Indies wicket-keeper batsman Shai Hope, South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn, Australia fast bowler Andrew Tye and spinner Adam Zampa and New Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi.