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As all eight teams reinforced their rosters in Kolkata on Thursday, the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction 2020 saw Australian players picking up big bids. Pat Cummins, who sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 15.50 crore, became the second most expensive acquisition in IPL history. When three-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings purchased the leg spinner for a whopping Rs 6.75 crore, Piyush Chawla turned out to be the surprise buy at the auction. On the auction day, a total of 62 players were sold.
Here's how the IPL 2020 auction treated all eight franchises.
Chennai Super Kings
CSK added four bowling options to their team, having already retained their core player group. In addition to bidding high for Piyush Chawla, England's all-rounder Sam Curran, Australia's Josh Hazlewood and Indian uncapped R Sai Kishore were picked up by the Chennai-based franchise.
Existing squad: MS Dhoni (c), Imran Tahir, Lungi Ngidi, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shane Watson, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Faf du Plessis, Suresh Raina, N Jagadeesan, M Vijay, Dwayne Bravo, Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Monu Singh, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, KM Asif.
New additions: Piyush Chawla, Josh Hazlewood, R Sai Kishore, Sam Curran.
Delhi managed to reach last season's play-offs and DC invested heavily in big-hitters in the bid to do one better in the upcoming season. Delhi bought Rs 7.75 crore from Shimron Hetmyer when spending Rs 4.80 on Marcus Stoinis.
Existing squad: Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, R Ashwin, Amit Mishra, Sandeep Lamichhane, Kagiso Rabada, Ishant Sharma, Keemo Paul, Avesh Khan.
New additions: Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Jason Roy, Chris Woakes, Mohit Sharma, Tushar Deshpande, Lalit Yadav.
Kings XI Punjab
Kings XI Punjab bought Glenn Maxwell for Rs 10.75 crore as they added some all-rounders to their squad. Punjab also got the West Indies fast-bowler Sheldon Cottrell in their squad by picking him for Rs 8.50 crore.
Existing squad: KL Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Sarfaraz Khan, Murugan Ashwin, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, K. Gowtham, J. Suchith, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Hardus Viljoen, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande.
New additions: Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Prabhsimran Singh, Deepak Hooda, Jimmy Neesham, Tajinder Dhillon, Ishan Porel.
Kolkata Knight Riders
KKR was in a bidding war, but for a whopping Rs 15.50 crore they managed to get Pat Cummins in their team. Cummins also became the most expensive overseas contract in IPL's history with the signing. Also in their squad, Knight Riders had England-captain Eoin Morgan.
Existing squad: Shubman Gill, Siddesh Lad, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rinku Singh, Nitish Rana, Sunil Narine, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier.
New additions: Pat Cummins, Eoin Morgan, Varun Chakaravarthy, Tom Banton, Rahul Tripathi, Chris Green, Nikhil Naik, Pravin Tambe, M Siddharth.
Heavily invested the defending champions getting Australia's all-rounder Nathan Coulter-Nile's services. For Rs 8 crore, MI purchased Coulter-Nile. Mumbai also managed to get Chris Lynn for his base price of Rs 2 crore, who scored heavily in the T10 League.
Existing squad: Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Quinton de Kock (wk), Aditya Tare (wk), Anmolpreet Singh, Kieron Pollard, Ishan Kishan (wk), Sherfane Rutherford, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Trent Boult, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mitchell McClenaghan.
New additions: Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Digvijay Deshmukh, Prince Balwant Rai Singh, Mohsin Khan.
in the upcoming Indian Premier League season, Robin Uthappa and Jaydev Unadkat will be seen playing for the Royals. Like every season, Rajasthan went to Indain youth and picked up Yashasvi Jaiswal for Rs 2.40 crore from Mumbai.
Existing squad: Jos Buttler (wk), Steve Smith, Sanju Samson (wk), Manan Vohra, Riyan Parag, Ben Stokes, Mahipal Lomror, Shashank Singh, Shreyas Gopal, Rahul Tewatia, Mayank Markande, Jofra Archer, Ankit Rajpoot, Varun Aaron.
New additions: Robin Uthappa, Jaydev Unadkat, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Kartik Tyagi, Tom Curran, Andrew Tye, Anuj Rawat, David Miller, Oshane Thomas, Anirudha Joshi, Akash Singh.
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Bangalore invested Rs 10 crore in their squad for Chris Morris. RCB also spent on Rs 8 crore for Aaron Finch and Kane Richardson's Australian pair. Dale Steyn, who played for them last season, was picked up by the Bangalore-based franchise in the last stages of the auction for his Rs 2 crore base price.
Existing squad: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Parthiv Patel (wk), Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Yuzvendra Chahal, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj.
New additions: Chris Morris, Aaron Finch, Kane Richardson, Dale Steyn, Isuru Udana, Shahbaz Ahamad, Joshua Philippe, Pavan Deshpande.
Hyderabad did not go to the auction for big names but ticked all the boxes as they purchased five all-rounders from the seven players they picked up in Kolkata.
Existing squad: Kane Williamson, David Warner, Manish Pandey, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth Kaul, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Abhishek Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Basil Thampi.
New additions: Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Mitchell Marsh, Abdul Samad, Fabian Allen, Sanjay Yadav, Bavanaka Sandeep.