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Kings XI Punjab’s skipper Ravichandran Ashwin for months was rumoured to be transferred to Delhi Capitals before eventually being transferred in November. Ajinkya Rahane, Trent Boult and Mayank Markande got salary raise during pre-auction trades. The released players were announced on 15 November 2019. Robin Uthappa, Yuvraj Singh and Chris Lynn were the prominent names among the released players. Jaydev Unadkat, the costliest Indian player in 2019 auction, was also released. There were a total of 12 transfers between teams during the 2020 transfer window.
Eight franchises buy 62 players at VIVO IPL 2020 Player Auction:
The players auction for the 2020 season was held on 19 December 2019 in Kolkata. Pat Cummins was the most expensive player purchased by the Kolkata Knight Riders for ₹15.5 crore (US$2.2 million). The most expensive Indian player sold is Piyush Chawla for ₹6.75 crore (US$950,000) to Chennai Super Kings.
62 players, 29 overseas and 33 Indians were sold as the eight Indian Premier League franchises splurged their way into fierce bids at the 2020 VIVO IPL Player Auction in Kolkata.
Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins set the cash registers ringing as he became the most expensive overseas signing in the history of the tournament after Kolkata Knight Riders acquired him for a whopping Rs.15.50 crores.
His Australian teammate, all-rounder Glenn Maxwell too earned big with the final bid being locked at Rs. 10.75 crores. The Big show made his way to Kings XI Punjab.
What is an IPL Auction without the exciting Caribbean flavour? The West Indian duo of Sheldon Cottrell and Shimron Hetmyer went for Rs. 8.50 crores and Rs. 7.75 crores to KXIP and Delhi Capitals respectively.
Two international captains – Aaron Finch and Eoin Morgan – also garnered huge interest as Royal Challengers Bangalore and KKR snapped them up to bolster their squads.
The young batting sensation from Mumbai, Yashasvi Jaiswal went to Rajasthan Royals for a whopping Rs. 2.4 crores while the experienced leggie, Pravin Tambe was bought by KKR.