The IPL 2020 Player Auction got completed in Kolkata on Thursday with the franchises shelling out a combined sum of Rs 140.30 crores to buy a total of 62 players including 29 overseas cricketers. While Australian Pat Cummins made history by becoming the 2nd-most expensive player in the history of the IPL auction, newbies like Yashasvi Jaiswal also made the headlines after triggering a fierce bidding war amongst the franchises.
Here we take a look at 5 players each who either registered an astronomical increase in their worth vis-a-vis their base price or the ones who will be going home with a considerably decreased salary in 2020 as compared to last year.
First, here are the top 5 biggest gainers* (all figures in rupees):
Sheldon Cottrell (KXIP) – Base price: 50 lakhs, Sold for: 8.50 crores; Increase: 1600%
The ‘Cottrell-salute’ is set to make it’s debut in the world’s most popular T20 league as the West Indies pacer was bought by Kings XI Punjab for a whopping amount of Rs. 8.50 crores – 17 times his base price of Rs. 50 lakhs. Cottrell impressed during the World Cup 2019 and has continued to do so during the ongoing tour of India.
Shimron Hetmyer (DC) – Base price: 50 lakhs, Sold for: 7.75 crores; Increase: 1450%
Another sensation from West Indies, but with the bat in hand, Shimron Hetmyer will be shifting bases from his previous franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore to Delhi Capitals for IPL 2020. Hetmyer has been in supreme form lately with his scintillating hundred in the recent Chennai ODI fashioning a dominating win for West Indies over India. If he comes good, RCB might be left ruing his release.
Yashasvi Jaiswal (RR) – Base price: 20 lakhs, Sold for: 2.4 crores; Increase: 1100%
Frankly, this one was no surprise. Yashasvi’s journey from a panipuri seller to India U19 star is already one of the tabloid success stories in Indian cricket. This story was only writing it’s future course when the 17-year-old was pocketed by the Rajasthan Royals for a handsome sum of 2.40 crores.
Ravi Bishnoi (KXIP) – Base price: 20 lakhs, Sold for: 2 crores; Increase: 900%
A leg-break bowler and Yashasvi’s prospective flight-mate on that plane to South Africa for the upcoming U19 World Cup, Bishnoi did make a few heads turn when he was bought by Kings XI Punjab for 10 times his base price. Possibly an economy rate of 4.37 in seven youth one-day games convinced KXIP of the Rajasthan spinner’s abilities.
Priyam Garg/Virat Singh (SRH) – Base price: 20 lakhs, Sold for: 1.90 crores; Increase: 850%
2 of the most pleasantly surprising buys in the IPL auction were made by Sunrisers Hyderabad and that too one after the other, for identical amounts! Uttar Pradesh child prodigy Priyam Garg had already made a name for himself with an excellent first-class record which included a double-century on Ranji Trophy debut against Goa. On the other hand, Jharkhand batsman Singh lit up the recent Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with his fierce striking at 142.32 – just as his namesake has been doing on the international stage for a long time now. SRH and IPL stand to benefit for a long time to come with the duo’s tournament debut.
And here are the 5 players who stand to bear a considerably lighter pocket in IPL 2020 as compared to the last season:
Mohit Sharma (DC) – 2019 price: 5 crores, 2020 price: 50 lakhs; Decrease: 90%
Delhi Capitals acquired the services of Mohit Sharma for his base price – a hefty reduction in the bowler’s salary from his Chennai Super Kings days. Once considered a genuine wicket-taker in his pomp, Sharma’s stocks have declined since resulting in him playing just 1 match for the Yellow Brigade at the 2019 edition. Next year could prove to be quite seminal in the bowler’s IPL career who has not played a domestic game since the IPL ended.
Prabsimran Singh (KXIP) – 2019 price: 4.8 crores, 2020 price: 55 lakhs; Decrease: 88.54%
While Kings XI had shelled out Rs 4.8 crores for Singh at last year’s auction, it caused a big hole in their pocket considering the wicketkeeper-batsman just played a single game in the tournament. Since IPL 2019, Singh has done little to inspire more confidence and with KL Rahul set to don the gloves for the team, the chances of Singh making it to the playing XI look slightly bleak at this stage.
Andrew Tye (RR) – 2019 price: 7.2 crores, 2020 price: 1 crore; Decrease: 86.11%
Once considered a specialist T20 bowler, Tye’s IPL returns have declined as the seasons progressed. In the last edition, he got just 3 wickets in 6 matches for KXIP at an economy rate of 10.59. Released ahead of the auctions, it was no surprise when Rajasthan Royals were able to bag him at his base price of 1 crore.
Deepak Hooda (KXIP) – 2019 price: 3.6 crores, 2020 price: 50 lakhs; Decrease: 86.11%
One of the most expensive buys of the 2016 IPL Auction, Hooda failed to cross 20 in 11 matches in the 2019 edition for Sunrisers Hyderabad. But his perfiormances in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy still make him one of the better middle-order players going around in the domestic arena. At Rs. 50 lakhs, frankly Hooda was a steal for KXIP on Thursday.
Rahul Tripathi (KKR) – 2019 price: 3.4 crores, 2020 price: 60 lakhs; Decrease: 82.35%
Like Mohit Sharma, Tripathi’s returns also have taken a nosedive since his smashing 2017 season with Rising Pune Supergiant. In IPL 2019, Rahul scored just one half-century for the Royals but still had a decent SMA Trophy, probably justifying the bidding by his new team Kolkata Knight Riders.
*Note: Varun Chakravarthy too registered a 1233% increase from his base price to his final bid amount but he hasn’t been included as a gainer because he was bought by KXIP for Rs. 8.4 crore last year.
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