The Indian Premier League (IPL) auction for the 2020 season is currently underway in Kolkata and Australian paceman Pat Cummins has entered the record books after Kolkata Knight Riders decided to shell out a whopping 15.5 crore for him. Yuvraj Singh thus remains the biggest buy ever in an IPL auction, when he was bought for 16 crore by Delhi Daredevils in 2015.
Another Aussie went for big money as Glenn Maxwell was picked up for 10.75 crore by Kings XI Punjab, a franchise Maxwell has represented earlier. Maxwell has returned to competitive cricket recently after taking a break due to mental health issues. Maxwell had a base price of 2 crore.
South African fast bowling all-rounder Chris Morris, who was earlier an integral part of the Delhi franchise, also attracted big bucks. After an intense battle between four franchises, the Protea star was bought for 10 crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore. He had a base price of 1.5 crore.
West Indian left-handed paceman Sheldon Cottrell, who has impressed in the ongoing tour of India was bought for a whopping 8 crore by Kings XI Punjab.
Paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile was re-united Mumbai Indians, who bought the Aussie for 8 crore after an intense bidding war with Chennai Super Kings.
Former KKR opener Chris Lynn became the first player to be sold. Mumbai Indians bought the Australian for his base price of 2 crore. England's ICC World Cup winning captain Eoin Morgan attracted a lot of attention and was eventually snapped up by Kolkata Knight Riders for 5.25 crore. Delhi Capitals were in the race temporarily but KKR eventually managed to get the player who was earlier a part of their squad. Morgan had a base price of 1.5 crore.
Australia's limited overs captain and big hitting opening batsman Aaron Finch managed to put long time rivals Royals Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders in a big battle. RCB eventually bagged him for 4.4 crore, up from his base price of 1 crore.
Veteran Indian leg spinner Piyush Chawla, winner of two IPL titles with Kolkata Knight Riders, was bought for 6.75 crore by Chennai Super Kings after a keen tussle with Kings XI Punjab.
Delhi Capitals made a smart buy as they bought Australian wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey for 2.4 crore, up from a base price of 50 lakh. DC were locked in a three-way battle with Rajasthan Royals and RCB for the player.
Former India and KKR batsman Robin Uthappa, who was released by the Kolkata franchise earlier was bought for 3 crore by Rajasthan Royals. He had a base price of 1.5 crore. Delhi Capitals bought back big hitting England opener Jason Roy for his base price of 1.5 crore.
Rajasthan Royals shelled out the bucks for left arm paceman Jaydev Unadkat yet again. They though managed to bag him for a much lesser price of 3 crore. The other teams than that were in the fray were KXIP and Delhi Capitals.
Among the big players who went unsold include South African paceman Dale Steyn, Bangladesh wicket-keeper batsman Mushfiqur Rahim, Windies youngster Shai Hope and IPL veteran Yusuf Pathan.