Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins on Thursday etched his name into the annals of IPL history by breaking Ben Stokes‘ record for the most expensive foreign player at IPL auctions. Being bought at INR 15.50 crores by Kolkata Knight Riders, Cummins’s figure went past Stokes’ auction bid of 14.5 crores at the IPL 2017 auctions.
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who had a base price of INR 2 crores was bought by
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) after a fierce bidding war with Delhi capitals. In doing so, Maxwell crossed the highest bid foreign player in the IPL in the last 2 years, surpassing Sam Curran who was bought for INR 7.2 crores at last year’s auction.
Maxwell was part of the 2nd set of players to be auctioned at the 2020 IPL Auction in the all-rounder category. As soon as Maxwell’s name came up for the auction, Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab got involved in a fierce bidding war which started from 2 crores and only ended at 10.75 crores with the player being bought by Kings XI Punjab with Anil Kumble accepting the warm applause.
Earlier, Maxwell’s compatriots Chris Lynn and Aaron Finch too went under the hammer with Mumbai Indians buying the former for Rs 2 crore (Base price) while the latter being pocketed by Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 4.4 crores.
Also South Africa fast bowler and big-hitting all-rounder Chris Morris was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 10 crores while his base price was 1.5 crores.
Here are the other players bought till now:
Eoin Morgan — KKR (DC) Rs 5.25 crore
Robin Uthappa – RR (KXIP) Rs 3 crore
Hanuma Vihari – Unsold Rs 50 Lakh
Cheteshwar Pujara – Unsold Rs 50 Lakh
Jason Roy – DC – Rs 1.5 crore
Aaron Finch – RCB (KKR) – Rs 4.4 crore