Pat Cummins emerged as the costliest pick in IPL 2020 auction as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) spent Rs 15.50 Crore to buy the Australian pacer. The 26-year-old leapfrogged Ben Stokes on the list of costly overseas pick – Stokes was bought by Rising Pune Supergiant for Rs 14.50 Crore in IPL 2017 auction.
With an amount of Rs 15.50 Crore, Cummins is set to earn more money than what MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma will earn in IPL 2020. Both Rohit and Dhoni were retained by their respective IPL franchises – Mumbai Indians retained Rohit while Chennai Super Kings retained Dhoni – ahead of IPL 2018 for Rs 15 Crore each, Rs 50 Lakh less than what Cummins fetched in the auction.
This him make him second-biggest gainer in IPL 2020. Only Indian skipper Virat Kohit sits ahead of Cummins on the list of biggest gainers. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) paid Rs 17 Crore, Rs 2 crore more than the highest retention amount, to retain Kohli ahead of IPL 2018. He remains to be the highest-paid player in the history of IPL.
While Cummins comes second to Kohli in IPL 2020, Yuvraj Singh is the second biggest gainer in IPL history. Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) had spent Rs 16 crore to buy the all-rounder in IPL 2015 auction. There have been occasions when the franchises have bought players at an undisclosed amount but never a player has earned more than what Kohli is earning.
While Cummins was the costliest overseas pick, leg-spinner Piyush Chawla was the costliest Indian pick. The experienced bowler was bought by Chennai Super Kings for Rs 6.75 Crore. Jaydev Unadkat, who highlighted past two IPL auctions, was bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 3 Crore.
Other big gainers
Kings XI Punjab shelled out big money and spent Rs 10.75 Crore to buy Glenn Maxwell. They also spent Rs 8.50 Crore to buy Sheldon Cottrell. Nathan Coulter-Nile was another big gainer as Mumbai Indians made the final bid for 8 Crore to buy the Australian pacer.