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IPL Auction 2022: Ishan Kishan, Shreyas Iyer, R Ashwin Are Among 17 Indian Marquee Players With Rs 2 Crore Base Price

The anticipation of the IPL auction has started to build as the list of players who are set to go under the hammer, has been released. The auction is likely to be held on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru.

According to a report in ESPNcricinfo, a total of 1214 players have registered for the mega day. Notable that there is a list of 49 marquee players who set the base price of 2 crores. The list includes 17 Indians and 32 overseas players. Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer are among the hot favourites for whom the 10 franchises will compete. Among overseas players- David Warner who was Man of The Tournament in the T20 World Cup, Steve Smith, Kagiso Rabada, Faf du Plessis will also catch lots of attraction on the auction day

A few noticeable absentees are Chris Gayle, Ben Stokes, Mitchell Starc, and Jofra Archer. Gayle announced his retirement from international cricket after T20 World Cup last year however he is playing various leagues around the world. Ben Stokes will miss this year’s IPL as he wants to show his commitment towards England cricket after his disappointing show in the Ashes.

IPL 2022 Mega Auction. Image Credits: Twitter
IPL 2022 Mega Auction. Image Credits: Twitter

IPL auction will be held on February 12 and 13

Starc’s is an interesting one as he insisted that he would like to have some T20 game time ahead of T20 World Cup but probably he is still not sure about his workload as Australia will travel to Pakistan in March-April for a full-fledged tour. Meanwhile, Jofra Archer is still recovering from his injury as he underwent a second surgery on his elbow and he won’t be available for the selection until the beginning of England’s home season.

In the auction, Punjab Kings will go with the highest purse of 72 Crores while Delhi Capitals will go with the least as they have only 47.5 crores. While the two new franchises- Lucknow and Ahmedabad will go with the purse of 58 and 52 crores respectively.

KL Rahul, Chris Gayle
KL Rahul, Chris Gayle

List of marquee players with a 2-crore base price:


R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Deepak Chahar, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Mohammed Shami, Devdutt Padikkal, Krunal Pandya, Harshal Patel, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Shardul Thakur, Robin Uthappa, Umesh Yadav, Dinesh Karthik, Ishan Kishan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Overseas players:

Mujeeb Zadran, Ashton Agar, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Mitchell Marsh, Steve Smith, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa, Shakib Al Hasan, Mustafizur Rahman, Sam Billings, Saqib Mahmood, Chris Jordan, Craig Overton, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, James Vince, David Willey, Mark Wood, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Quinton de Kock, Marchant de Lange, Faf du Plessis, Kagiso Rabada, Imran Tahir, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Evin Lewis, Odean Smith

Base price 1.5 Cr:

Amit Mishra, Ishant Sharma, Washington Sundar, Aaron Finch, Chris Lynn, Nathan Lyon, Kane Richardson, Jonny Bairstow, Alex Hales, Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Tim Southee, Colin Ingram, Shimron Hetmyer, Jason Holder, Nicholas Pooran.

Base Price 1 Cr:

Manish Pandey, Piyush Chawla, Prasidh Krishna, T Natarajan, Ajinkya Rahane, Nitish Rana, Wriddhiman Saha, Kedar Jadhav, Kuldeep Yadav, Jayant Yadav, Mohammad Nabi, James Faulkner, Moises Henriques, Marnus Labuschagne, Riley Meredith, Josh Philippe, Liam Livingstone, Tymal Mills, Aiden Markram, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Wanindu Hasaranga, Roston Chase, Sherfane Rutherford, D’arcy Short, Andrew Tye, Dan Lawrence, Ollie Pope, Devon Conway, Colin de Grandhomme, Mitchell Santner

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Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes Likely To Opt Out Of IPL Mega Auction

England‘s premier all-rounder Ben Stokes is likely to opt-out from this year’s IPL Mega auction to manage his workload for the home summer. According to a report in London’s Evening Standard, Stokes will take a break between the West Indies tour and home season to stay fresh for the long home season.

Ben Stokes was previously part of Rajasthan Royals in IPL but he missed most part of last season due to a finger injury. The all-rounder was at the center of criticism after the Ashes debacle.

Ben Stokes, England all-rounder
Ben Stokes, England all-rounder (Photo | AP)

“Stokes will sit out this year’s tournament, which will feature 10 teams for the first time and be preceded by a mega-auction in which there are plenty of spaces to fill,” London’s Evening Standard reported.

Notable that Stokes had an underwhelming Ashes down under as the all-rounder scored just 236 runs in 10 innings with an average of 23.6 which included 2 fifties. Also, he could pick only 4 wickets with an average of 71.50.

“Stokes has had a tumultuous time over the last couple of years, with the death of his father Ged 13 months ago preceding a long break in 2021 to prioritise his mental health and fix a finger badly broken at the IPL,” the report added.

Rajasthan Royals batsmen Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson
Rajasthan Royals batsmen Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson Photograph: BCCI/IPL

Ben Stokes played 31 matches for Rajasthan Royals

Stokes missed most part of last home season as he took a break to focus on mental health and recover from a finger injury. England had a torrid time in Test cricket at home last season as they lost the 2-Test match series by 0-1 and are also trailing by 1-2 against India in a 5-match.

“Sitting out represents a significant financial sacrifice but should also allow him some time off to mentally refresh between England’s tour of the Caribbean in March and the international summer in June,” it stated.

Ben Stokes was picked by Rajasthan Royals in the 2018 auction and since then they retained him for 4 years. The all-rounder played 31 matches for them in 4 years.

It will be interesting to see if other English players make themselves available for the mega auction. Jos Buttler and Moeen Ali have already been retained by Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings.

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Umesh Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Umesh Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Umesh Yadav Isn’t Experienced In Shorter T20 Formats: Saba Karim

Umesh Yadav has had the tendency to stray his line and concede runs in ODI and T20 cricket. He has been out of the limited-overs squad as he last played a 50-over match for India in 2018.

Umesh Yadav is one of the premier pacers and a regular for India in Tests. But that hasn’t propelled him to have a successful career in the shorter formats.

Umesh Yadav Playing For RCB In IPL Image Credit: AP
Umesh Yadav Playing For RCB In IPL Image Credit: AP

Umesh Yadav Is Experienced Only In Terms Of Tests But Not In The Shorter Formats: Saba Karim

The trend was followed by IPL franchises in IPL 2021 who have also started giving the Indian pacer a cold shoulder. Umesh Yadav was finally sold to Delhi Capitals for his base price of 1 crore while several foreign players went for huge sums at the Auction. The Indian pacer has 119 scalps from 121 IPL games averaging 30.07 at a high economy rate of 8.51.

Former India wicket-keeper Saba Karim talked about the reason behind Umesh Yadav not getting more than base price and why the IPL franchises opt to go for overseas recruits. While Kyle Jamieson was bought by Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 15 crore, Jhye Richardson went to Punjab Kings for INR 14 crore.

“Umesh Yadav may be experienced but only in terms of Test matches, not in the shorter formats. Look at the Indian side’s composition in the shorter formats, you don’t see Umesh Yadav figuring regularly in the playing XI or even in the squad. It obviously means that Umesh Yadav’s track record in the shorter formats hasn’t been very good. All the IPL franchises have done their homework and that is why they have shown more faith in overseas speedsters than any exciting domestic prospect or even an experienced Indian pacer like Umesh Yadav,” Karim told Sportskeeda.

Umesh Yadav started his career with Delhi
Umesh Yadav started his career with Delhi

“Out and out speedsters, most of the franchises have opted for overseas professionals [sic]. All these IPL franchises, their talent scouts have looked around, they have watched some of these T20s all over the world, including the Big Bash. From there, a lot of these overseas professionals have been bought by the IPL franchises.”

Overall, Umesh Yadav has been part of Delhi Capitals (Delhi Daredevils then), Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the cash-rich T20 tournament. He made his debut against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in 2010. In the 2020 edition, he played for RCB but wasn’t good enough for the Virat Kohli-led side to retain him for the 2021 season. He returns to Delhi based franchise after representing them till 2013 after 7 long years.

Saba Karim: Franchises Shown Faith In Young Overseas Pacers Because They Have Requisite Skillset To Do Well In India

Delhi Capitals acquired World Cup 2015 winning player Steve Smith in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 Auction held on Thursday in Chennai. Steve Smith was bought by the Delhi-based franchise for Rs 2.2 crore, while experienced T20 players Tom Curran and Sam Billings were bought for Rs 5.25 crore and Rs 2 crore respectively. Steve Smith scored only 311 runs averaging a modest 25.91 in 14 IPL games in IPL 2020 held at UAE for Rajasthan.

Saba Karim-Getty.
Saba Karim-Getty.

“Franchises have shown faith in these young speedsters because they feel that they have the skill set to do well even in Indian conditions. If you notice, in the past several years, most of the wickets in India, except for maybe east and one or two tracks in south, now offer good pace and bounce. Most of these franchises wanted experienced speedsters at the top, who can pick some early wickets, and make early inroads in the opposition camp.”

Fast bowler Umesh Yadav had a brilliant season with the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2018 when he picked up 20 wickets in 14 matches at an average of 20.90 but went wicketless in 2 IPL games in IPL 2020.

A total of 57 players, 22 of them overseas, were sold at the IPL 2021 auction, with seamer all-rounder Chris Morris going to Rajasthan Royals for a record INR 16.25 crore.

Kedar Jadhav
Kedar Jadhav (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)

Kedar Jadhav Will Strengthen SRH’s Middle Order: VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman, SunRisers Hyderabad mentor said the addition of Kedar Jadhav will strengthen their middle-order in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

SunRisers Hyderabad went into the Indian Premier League 2021 auctions with a set mindset as they wanted to pick specific players to provide balance to the squad.

Kedar Jadhav. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
Kedar Jadhav. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

VVS Laxman: Kedar Jadhav’s Experience Will Strengthen SunRisers Hyderabad’s Middle Order

SRH decided to add a third Afghanistan spinner into their team as they picked up Mujeeb Ur Rahman for his 2 crore base price. According to VVS Laxman, SRH also wanted to bolster their middle-order and so they bought Kedar Jadhav for INR 2 Crores. SRH already has the likes of Shahbaz Nadeem, Rashid Khan, and Mohammad Nabi in their squad, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s addition will provide them further options in their team selection.

VVS Laxman said the addition of Kedar Jadhav will strengthen their batting besides the fact that he can bowl a handful of overs. In the players’ auction held on Thursday, Hyderabad acquired Kedar Jadhav, Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Jagadeesha Suchith to their ranks. The side had bowed out of IPL 2020 in Qualifier 2 last year after suffering a loss against Delhi Capitals.

“Mujeeb is an experienced IPL bowler and there is a mystery to his bowling style. The other option for us was an overseas fast bowler, we felt with our fast bowling options available and the Indian talent available, we thought it would be better for us if we have a mystery spinner in our squad as it strengths our spin bowling department,” said VVS Laxman while replying to ANI query during a virtual press conference on Thursday.

VVS Laxman. (Photo Source: Twitter)
VVS Laxman. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Kedar Jadhav had scored only 62 runs in 8 games for Chennai Super Kings at a modest average of 20.66 and a strike rate of 93.93 which is poor by T20 standards and he was released by CSK. Despite playing only 87 IPL games, he has an average of only 22.82 and has only 4 fifties. He hasn’t bowled in IPL.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman has played 18 IPL games and picked 17 scalps averaging 33.11. He failed to pick a wicket in IPL 2020 despite featuring in 2 games and was released by Punjab Kings.

Chris Morris Becomes Most Expensive Foreign Player In The History Of The IPL

South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris has become the most expensive foreign player in the history of the IPL as he was picked up by Rajasthan Royals for 16.25 crore. RCB bought Kiwi all-rounder Kyle Jamieson for 15 crores. Arjun Tendulkar was picked up by Mumbai Indians for his base price of 20 lakh.

Chris Morris of RCB. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
Chris Morris of RCB. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan on Thursday was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the ongoing IPL mini-auction for 3.2 crores. Steven Smith was sold to Delhi Capitals for INR 2.2 Crores while Moeen Ali was sold to CSK for 7 Crores.

Nathan Coulter-Nile went to defending champions Mumbai Indians for Rs 5 crore, who also picked up Piyush Chawla for Rs 2.40 crore. Glenn Maxwell was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 14.25 Crore.

Umesh Yadav was picked by Delhi Capitals for his base price of Rs 1 crore. Shivam Dube was sold at INR 4.4 Crore to Rajasthan while Punjab Kings bought Dawid Malan for a base price of INR 1.5 Crore.

The IPL “mini-auction” this year has 291 players going under the hammer as England pacer Mark Wood withdrew from the auction at the end moment. All these cricketers have been shortlisted by the eight franchises. A total of 164 Indian players, 125 overseas players, and 3 players from associate nations are up for grabs in the mini-auction.

Mushfiqur Rahim
Mushfiqur Rahim

Mushfiqur Rahim Enters IPL 2021 Auction Late At The Base Price Of INR 1 Crore

Mushfiqur Rahim, the Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman, has entered the auction as a late entrant for the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be held in India from April 10 at a base price of INR 1 crore.

The veteran has been a part of the auction since the inaugural edition in 2008 and has gone unsold every time-as many as 13 times. Despite having impressive numbers for the Bangladesh national team, he hasn’t found any buyers for the time being. The Bogra-born also is currently the leading run-scorer in Bangladesh Premier League (BPL).

Mushfiqur Rahim. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Mushfiqur Rahim. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Mushfiqur Rahim Debuted In 2006 And Played 86 T20Is And 202 T20s

The IPL 2021 auction is all set to take place on Thursday, February 18 in Chennai and it remains to be seen if he finally gets lucky and bags an IPL contract with any of the 8 franchises. Earlier, NIBCO, the company, which handles the 33-year-old’s account, stated that Mushfiqur Rahim hadn’t registered for the auction and decided to opt-out citing the unlucky factor.

“We have not made any submission for Mushfiqur Rahim for IPL this time,” an official from the NIBCO was quoted as saying to New Age earlier.

Mushfiqur Rahim has been an integral part of the Tigers’ T20 team after making his debut way back in 2006. In 86 T20Is, the right-hander has amassed 1,282 runs at a modest average of 20.03 and strike-rate of 120.03. He also has five half-centuries besides his name. In the T20 format, he has 4,288 runs in 202 matches at an average and strike-rate of 28.97 and 127.96 respectively.

Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman of Bangladesh (Photo by Christopher Lee-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)
Shakib Al Hasan and Mustafizur Rahman of Bangladesh (Photo by Christopher Lee-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

He also has to 25 half-centuries in the shortest format. However, even as Bangaladesh’s Mohammad Ashraful, Mashrafe Mortaza, Abdul Razzak, Shakib Al Hasan, and Mustafizur Rahman have taken part in the IPL for different franchises but Mushfiqur Rahim’s luck hasn’t been all that great, going unsold.

Mushfiqur Rahim Is The Leading Run Scorer In The History Of the Bangladesh Premier League And Was Involved In A Spat With Teammate Nasum Ahmed

The Bogra-born is currently the leading run-scorer in the history of the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL). In 85 matches, he has 2274 runs with 15 half-centuries. He also has a top-score of an unbeaten 98. Lately, he played for the Beximco Dhaka in the inaugural Bangabandhu T20 Cup. Though his team was unable to qualify for the final, Mushfiqur Rahim showed his class with the bat in hand.

Mushfiqur Rahim's on-field spat with Nasum Ahmed Photo: AFP
Mushfiqur Rahim’s on-field spat with Nasum Ahmed Photo: AFP

In 10 games, he managed 297 runs averaging 35.87. He was also involved in a controversy when he almost hit his own teammate, Nasum Ahmed, after some confusion between the duo. Mushfiqur Rahim later issued an apology for the same.

He was criticized for trying to hit his teammate, Nasum Ahmed, following an incident in the eliminator of the Bangabandhu T20 Cup where both of them were going for the same catch. Both of the fielders avoided a collision and the catch was taken by Mushfiqur Rahim, who was captain of Beximco Dhaka.

He was visibly annoyed and threatened to throw a punch at his teammate. Mushfiqur Rahim has since apologized to his teammate and the BCB fined him 25% of his match fees and issued one demerit point for the incident.

BCCI Planning Full Auction Ahead Of IPL 2021, Ninth Team Might Be Introduced- Report
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Mega Auction Before IPL 2021 All Set To Be Postponed: Report

The mega auction ahead of the fourteenth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2021 is all set to be postponed. The reason for the postponement is the lack of time due to the coronavirus pandemic. The thirteenth edition of the IPL will end on November 10 while IPL 2021 will take place at its usual slot which is in April – May.

Consequently, the BCCI does not have much time in planning for the mega auction, according to The Times of India. The news outlet further reported that there may be no auction at all ahead of next year’s IPL and franchises will most likely make do with the existing set of players barring last minute replacements in the wake of injury or unavailability. With IPL 2020 ending on November 10, the BCCI will have only four-and-half months to begin with the next IPL.

IPL 2020 will start on September 19 and finish on November 10 (Credits: Twitter)

All the franchises are also on the same page with the BCCI regarding the postponement of the mega auction for the next IPL. The franchises have agreed with the board’s line of thought that there won’t be enough time and space available for teams to rebuild.

What’s the point in doing a mega auction now and not have enough time to plan it properly? IPL might as well go ahead and finish the 2021 edition of the tournament and then see how it wants to go about,” a source in the know of things told the news outlet.

The last auction, which took place in December 2019, was a mini one with the franchises using it only to fill few slots in their squads. Only 332 players had gone under the hammer for the 73 spots up for grabs for the eight franchises. In the end, a total of only 62 players were sold in the one-day affair.

Meanwhile, IPL 2020 is all set to get underway on September 19 with the final scheduled on November 10. The entire competition will be played in the UAE.

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IPL 2020 Image Credits: BCCI

Watch: Former IPL COO Narrates How The Idea Of Auctioning Players In The IPL Came Into Consideration

Former IPL COO Sunder Raman has recently revealed as to how did the idea of auctioning the players in the Indian Premier League was adopted and brought into consideration. Sunder Raman has a very interesting anecdote to narrate as he also revealed as to how many people were actually involved behind the scenes when the cash-rich league began.

The Indian Premier League began in the year 2008 becoming the first T20 franchise league tournament across the world. What followed was records, runs, trophies, splendid amount of money, and a hub of world-class superstars, Today, it stands as the most followed, the most successful and the most wealthy T20 tournament in the world.

Virat Kohli, coronavirus, COVID-19, IPL
Virat Kohli. Photo Credit: BCCI

However, even before IPL began, a lot of things had to be planned out and one of them was how to allocate players to different franchises. Now, Sunder Raman has revealed as to how it was done.

Sunder Raman Reveals How IPL Auctions Came Into Force

“The player auction almost came as a part of an evening tea conversation while we were doing a thousand other things. We had sold the franchises, we had the venues confirmed, now it was left to on how do we get the players rostered into different teams,” Raman said during the show 22 Yarns with Gaurav Kapur on Oaktree Sports’ YouTube channel.

MS Dhoni, CSK, IPL 2020, Training Camp
MS Dhoni. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

“The only thing sure was the marquee players, who were assigned to a set of franchises. There was Sachin Tendulkar for Mumbai, Virender Sehwag for Delhi, Yuvraj Singh for Punjab, Sourav Ganguly for Kolkata. But MS Dhoni was without a home,” Raman said.

“The challenge was one of those conversations where the question was how do we make the franchises take on the players? One of the franchises, I don’t remember who it was, said ‘why don’t we auction them?’ After two minutes of deliberation I said ‘good idea, it will generate a lot of consumer interest’. And that decided that” he explained.

Speculations Intensify Over IPL 2020 Future

IPL 2020 was scheduled to start from March 29, but due to the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, the BCCI postponed it until April 15. As the nationwide lockdown extended in India, BCCI suspended IPL 2020 Indefinitely. Now, with the situation worsening, it seems a huge possibility that IPL stands nothing but cancelled this year.

IPL Trophy. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

On April 10, latest reports suggested that the BCCI is probing into the July window to conduct the IPL and it could take place behind closed doors. However, all hopes once again vanished as the BCCI suspended the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 indefinitely in the light of the coronavirus pandemic. With COVID-19 victims toll rising in India, cricket returning to India seems a possibility far from reality.

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Dinesh Karthik Reveals His Feeling When MS Dhoni Was Preferred Over Him By CSK

Indian cricketer Dinesh Karthik, who plays for Tamil Nadu in domestic cricket, is still waiting to get the call from the home franchise, Chennai Super Kings. In the recent interview, Dinesh reminisced the day of auction for the inaugural edition when Dhoni was picked ahead of him by his home franchise.

Indian Premier League (IPL) is a star-studded league. Franchises try to bag the service of the player who is famous in their home state. For instance, Mumbai Indians bagged Sachin Tendulkar, and Kolkata Knight Riders picked Sourav Ganguly in the inauguration edition, and their respective state-franchise bagged many more famous names. But the wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh, who is an outstanding Tamil Nadu player and also captains the side, is still waiting to be bought by CSK.

Dinesh Karthik was surprised by MS Dhoni’s selection:

CSk, MS Dhoni, Dinesh Karthik
KKR vs CSK. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Speaking to Crizbuzz, the veteran admitted that he was waiting for CSK to call his name in the auction of inauguration edition, but he was surprised to see that Dhoni was picked for his home team.

“In 2008, I was in Australia and the auction was happening. In the lead up to that, I was convinced that the biggest name from Tamil Nadu who is also playing for the country…I’m sure they (Chennai Super Kings) are going to pick me. The question is whether they are going to make me the captain or not…that was going on in my head. And the first name they picked as Dhoni, for 1.5 million and he was sitting right around the corner with me. And he didn’t even tell me that they are going to pick him,” he said.

“Probably he didn’t know. But that was the biggest dagger to my heart. So I thought that they would pick me later. It’s been 13 years and I am still waiting for that elusive call from CSK,” he asserted.

Dinesh Karthik
Credit: Twitter/ IPL

The wicketkeeper-batsman started his journey in IPL with Delhi Daredevils (now known as Delhi Capitals) playing for them from 2008 to 2010. He then shifted his base to Mohali and represented Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) for only one season. From 2012 to 2013, he played for Mumbai Indians (MI) after which, he again featured in the Delhi-based franchise in 2014.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bought him in 2015. He then played for Gujrat Lions from 2016 to 2017. In 2018, he was bought by KKR and had been retained for IPL 2020. He also captains KKR. Thus, the 34-year-old has a lot of experience playing for different franchises and players.


BCCI Ready to Cancel IPL 2020: Report

The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) or IPL 2020 has already been postponed in the wake of COVID-19 or coronavirus outbreak. But while the situation hasn’t been controlled yet in the country, the IPL 2020 is unlikely to be held this year.

Due to the coronavirus outbreak worldwide, many top sporting events have already been cancelled or postponed. The cricket world has also been affected in this situation.

The IPL 2020 was initially scheduled to run from 29th March to 24th May 2020. But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to postpone the IPL 2020 till 15th April 2020 due to the coronavirus outbreak.

Well, during that initial period, the government suspended most of the visas till 15th April 2020, which affected the availability of the overseas cricketers in the IPL 2020. Also, the government only permitted to organise the unavoidable events behind closed doors.

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IPL trophy (Image Credit: Google)

But the present situation of the country is more troublesome as the country is now going through the lockdown period till 14th April 2020. While more than 11,00 coronavirus cases have been reported in the country, more than 25 deaths have also been reported. Like many other countries, the coronavirus cases are also increasing in India daily basis.

Observing the present situation, the BCCI is now reportedly thinking to cancel the IPL 2020. According to a recent report of The Indian Express, the IPL tournament is now likely to be held in the next year. The report has also added that the BCCI is now just waiting for the next announcement from the Indian government and sports ministry.

A source claimed, “IPL will not happen this year. It will now happen next year. We all know how the situation is at the moment in the country and no one will take any risk. One can’t have social distancing in the stadium. It is better to play IPL next year.”

No mega auction will take place for the next season due to the cancellation of IPL 2020

According to the initial planning, 2021 IPL Auction would be bigger due to the three-year contract period between the regular players and their respective franchise would end this year. But due to the absence of IPL 2020, the mega auction will unlikely happen before the IPL 2021.

BCCI Ready to Cancel IPL 2020: Report 1
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The source added, “Also, no mega auction will take place. We will inform the franchises once we get final confirmation from the Indian government, the same season can continue next season.”

The BCCI will suffer a massive loss if the IPL 2020 gets cancelled.

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Chennai Super Kings Complete Squad For IPL 2020

The most consistent franchise in the history of IPL, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) did not have much work to do in IPL 2020 auction. They only bid for certain players and got most of them. In total, the franchise bought four players – Piyush Chawla, Sam Curran, Josh Hazlewood and R Sai Kishore.

Chawla was the costliest India buy of the day as he was sold for Rs 6.75 Crore. The leg-spinner will join Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Santner, Karn Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Imran Tahir at CSK. He will play every game in Chennai but MS Dhoni will have to bench few spinners when CSK play away from home.

Chennai Super Kings Complete Squad For IPL 2020 2
Chawla. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Chawla, an IPL veteran, sits third on the list of most wickets in IPL with 150 scalps. He was with Kolkata Knight Riders right since 2014.

CSK also went behind Sam Curran right since the first bid and were involved in rounds of bidding with Delhi Capitals before making a final bid of Rs 5.50 Crore. Curran had joined Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2019 for Rs 7.2 Crore but was released.

The three-time Champions roped in Hazlewood and R Sai Kishore as backups at their base price. Hazlewood, despite not an automatic selection, could be one of the players to watch out for as pacers have dominated CSK’s camp right since the start of the league.

Sai Kishore went unsold in the first round but the franchise bid for him in the second round. He has been a net bowler for CSK.

MS Dhoni, who hasn’t played any form of cricket since World Cup 2019, will be leading the franchise in the next season. His form will determine whether Dhoni makes it to the T20 World Cup squad or not. Suresh Raina will also hope to do well and make a comeback in the national squad after more than two years.

Squad: MS Dhoni (Captain), Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu, M Vijay, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, KM Asif, Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur, Piyush Chawla, Josh Hazlewood, R Sai Kishore, Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo, Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Monu Kumar, Karn Sharma, Sam Curran, N Jagadeesan

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