IPL 2020 auctions: 5 famous players who were sold for far more than they merited
IPL 2020 auctions saw as many as 62 players being sold. The total expenditure of Rs 140 crore was very unevenly distributed, with the lion's share going to select big names.
As opposed to that, most of the small picks were made for Rs 20 lac and 50 lac. Frankly speaking, given the dynamics of each team, some of the big ticket choices made little sense.
Here's listing out five such famous players who went for far more than they merited in the IPL 2020 auctions.
It came as a surprise to many when Pat Cummins was picked as the the most expensive player in IPL auctions this season. Starting at a base price of Rs 2 crore, Cummins' name led to a bidding war between Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals and Kolkata Knight Riders.
Most had the idea that Cummins would go big this season but that he would go for Rs 15.50 crore was not expected at all.
Cummins is the number one ranked bowler in Test cricket and is a great pick for sure, but one wonders if he is actually worth that much in T20 cricket. On the recent T20I tours of Sri Lanka and Pakistan Down Under, Cummins picked 7 wickets from 5 T20Is. His figures in last 3 matches read 1/19, 0/15 and 2/23.
Cummins' T20 career average is close to 25, with an economy of 7.72 and he can throw his bat around towards the end. A good option to have. Actually a great one. But 15.5 crores -- over 2 million USD !?
Cummins is not even in the top 20 in the ICC T20I bowler rankings, let alone top 10!
Chennai Super Kings bid for Piyush Chawla in the last season as well but Kolkata Knight Riders used their right to match card to re-secure him for Rs 4.2 crore. However, KKR released him this season and Chawla bagged a pay hike. Starting out at a base price of Rs 1 crore, he was picked by CSK for Rs 6.75 crore.
The reason behind him getting such big money is that, one, he is a leg spinner - a breed that is always in demand. Two, Chennai Super Kings have the Chepauk stadium as their home ground which is conducive for spinners. Three, their current best Indian spinner Harbhajan Singh is possibly playing his last season and is no longer the player he once was.
Chawla has a good personal equation with captain MS Dhoni which also helped him bag the contract. But you still feel that with young Indian leg spinners like Shreyas Gopal and Mayank Markande going for much less, Rs 6.7 crore is too high to pay for the leggie.
Chris Morris was at his peak during the 2015-2017 years of the IPL. But his numbers began to dwindle of late. So much so that, in the last season he played 9 matches and managed only 32 runs at a ridiculous batting average of 5.33 and a strike rate of 86. His economy also went up, with him conceding runs at 9.27.
This is the reason why he was released by Delhi Capitals this year. It is true that Morris had a good ODI World Cup and then did well in the recently concluded Mzansi Super League as well. Apart from scoring at 30.50 and a strike rate of 176.81, he also picked up 10 wickets from 11 MSL matches at an economy of 8.20.
Still, he does not warrant a Rs 10 crore paycheque. It was more out of the desperation of Royal Challengers Bangalore with them eagerly looking for a finisher and a death bowler, that they broke the bank for him.
Apart from IPL 2014, a big chunk of which was played in UAE, Glenn Maxwell has been a disappointment each year in the tournament. He has an IPL career average of 22.90 after 69 matches which is way too low for a player of his calibre. Despite that, he keeps getting picked each year for insane amounts.
This year, even the issues that the batsman is dealing with in his personal life did not seem to have any impact on the franchises and they were eager to pick him any which way. Maxwell had set his base price at Rs 2 crore and went to Kings XI Punjab for Rs 10.75 crore.
After having released David Miller and Prabh Simran Singh at the end of the trading window, Punjab were looking for some finishers, preferably all-rounders and gobbled up Maxwell. His recent T20 performances were one reason for such a high price but it was the bidding war, in which as many as four teams jumped in, which led to his prices going through the roof.
Nathan Coulter-Nile, who was bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 8 crore is the most mind-boggling pick of the auctions. Mumbai Indians had a decent all-rounder in Ben Cutting whom they released and then picked Coulter-Nile for many times the price of Cutting.
Coulter-Nile is a big hitter and can contribute some useful runs towards the end but his bowling has not been up to the mark in the last couple of years. He played a great knock against West Indies in the World Cup but it was due to his bowling that he lost his place in the side ultimately.
As it is, with Kieron Pollard, Quinton de Kock, Lasith Malinga, Sherfane Rutherford and Chris Lynn in their ranks, he is clearly a backup option and paying Rs 8 crore for a reserve hardly makes any sense.
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