The much awaited auction for IPL 2020 took place on December 19 in Kolkata. There was a lot of hype and build up to the auction despite the ongoing series between India and West Indies. It goes on to show how immensely popular IPL has been in the country. The auction changes fortunes of many cricketers. But generally, the auction is a very volatile process and getting the players of your choice at the right price is often a big challenge. But some franchises succeeded in making some steal deals. Let’s take a look at five biggest bargain buys of IPL Auction:
Chris Lynn- 2 Cr
Australia’s hard-hitting batsman, Chris Lynn was picked up at an economical price of INR 2 crores by Mumbai Indians, which is a big steal. Lynn has a big reputation in T20 cricket and his hitting prowess makes him one of the most lethal players in the world. Interestingly, no other franchise showed any interest in him and he was bought at his base price. Earlier, he was with Kolkata Knight Riders but they didn’t retain him despite his good performances. Given how flat the wicket plays in Mumbai, he will be an absolutely nightmare for opponents.
Tom Banton – 1 Cr
Tom Banton is one of the emerging stars from England. He is known for his brisk batting in the shortest format of the game. He was purchased at his base price of INR 1 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders. Much to everyone’s surprise, no other team bid for him. The right-hand opening batsman can take the team off to a flier in the opening overs. Banton recently debuted for England in T20Is after proving his mettle with the bat in this edition of the T20 Blast, where he was the second highest run-getter. To get his services at a price of 1 crore can turn out to be extremely smart move by the Dinesh Karthik-led franchise.
Chris Green- 20 Lakhs
It’s always great to have bowlers, who have a good control on their craft especially in a format like T20. Australian off-spinner, Chris Green is a shining star in Big Bash League. His economy rate of 6.72 after playing 75 T20s goes on to show how miser he is when it comes to giving away runs. Green is very versatile too with his ability to bowl well in the powerplay overs. In fact, his economy in powerplay overs is even better than his overall career economy. His economy is close to 6 runs per over in the powerplay overs. He is also quite handy with the bat. Green has signed a six-year deal with Sydney Thunder in BBL, which shows how reliable a bet he is as a cricketer. Kolkata Knight Riders got him at a meager price of 20 lakhs and he can make people take notice of him with his top-notch skills.
Rahul Tripathi- 60 Lakhs
Rahul Tripathi became a household name in India in 2017 after his exploits for Pune in Indian Premier League. Opening the batting, he impressed one and all with his audacious stroke-play. The right-hander made close to 400 runs with a strike-rate of 146.44 in 2017 IPL. But his stint with Rajasthan Royals didn’t quite go the right way as he didn’t get to open the innings. There is no denying to the talent that he has and given the fact that he is also as Indian, the explosive batsman can give excellent return on meager investment of INR 60 lakhs by Kolkata Knight Riders.
David Miller- 75 Lakhs
South African middle-order batsman, David Miller hasn’t performed well in last few editions of the IPL. No wonder why he was released by his previous franchise, Kings XI Punjab. But, Rajasthan Royals have got the hard-hitting Proteas batsman at a price of INR 75 lakhs, which was also his base price. We are all well aware of how destructive the southpaw can be in T20 cricket. Given, how cheap Rajasthan have got him, he can give a great return on investment. And even if he doesn’t, there isn’t big money on stake. But if he gets going, he can win matches on his own.