Pat Cummins highlighted the IPL 2020 auction as he was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for a record price of Rs 15.5 Crore. The Australian pacer became the costliest overseas pick in the history, breaking the record of Ben Stokes, who was bought by Rising Pune Supergiant for Rs 14.5 Crore. As many as three franchises went for Cummins and in the end, KKR had the final say.
Cummins is to become second-biggest gainer in IPL 2020, ahead of Rohit Sharma and MS Dhoni. Both the players were retained by their respective franchises for Rs 15 Crore. While he is already set to earn big money in the auction, Cummins’ one over will cost KKR more than the total salary of players they bought at their base price of Rs 20 Lakh.
KKR, who bought Cummins for Rs 15.5 Crore, will hope that the Australian pacer plays complete IPL. Assuming that he will play 14 league stage matches, Cummins will bowl at least 56 overs i.e. 336 deliveries. Every delivery that Cummins will bowl will cost KKR Rs 4,61,309 (approx). His one over will cost KKR Rs 27,67,857 (approx), more than the money that the franchise will pay to Chris Green for the full season – he bought by KKR at his base price of Rs 20 Lakh.
Will Cummins play complete IPL?
At the things stand now, Cummins could miss couple of matches due to intentional fixtures. Australia play New Zealand in three T20Is in the last week of March, the same time when IPL is likely to start. He, along with other Australian and New Zealand players, could miss few matches as IPL is likely to start on March 28.
KKR and other franchises will surely request the BCCI to stage IPL from April’s second week to the month of May.
Other costly picks by KKR –
The two-time champions went on to make high bids for England’s captain Eoin Morgan and bought him for Rs 5.25 Crore. Morgan has been part of KKR in past. He went unsold in IPL 2018 auction and did not play IPL 2019. The franchise also made high bids for Varun Chakravarthy and bought him for Rs 4 Crore. The mystery spinner was a part of Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2019 but just played one match before being released.