5 most surprising picks of IPL 2020 auction
CSK bought Josh Hazelwood, who played his last T20 game three years again in 2016.
Updated - Dec 19, 2019 10:36 pm
Indian Premier League has certainly changed the dimensions of cricket and has given a new face to it. It has worked like a catalyst for the players financially as well as for the growth of their cricketing career. This cricketing bonanza is held every year and will now head towards its 13th successive season next year.
It has attracted humongous popularity since its commencement. IPL has played a major role in increasing the pace of the game and it is arguably one of the biggest T20 leagues held across the globe. Many big names in international cricket await for the cricket carnival where they can come and show their class in front of the fans.
The IPL has produced some astonishing talent not just for India but for several countries. However, it all depends on the franchises, who lavishly spend their money on the players that they want in their side. It also provides all the eight franchises to refuel and add some firepower for the upcoming season.
There is no set criteria or pattern that franchises follow while picking a player in the auction. And every year they come up with some surprising addition in their squad that proves the cricket pundits wrong. The same happened in the IPL 2020 auction held in Kolkata on December 19.
Here’s taking a closer look at 5 surprising picks of IPL 2020 auction that might have gone unsold:
1. Piyush Chawla ( Chennai Super Kings – 6.75 Crore)
The 30-year-old Indian spinner has been out of the limelight, who is currently finding it difficult to retain his spot in his state team. He is a great turner of the ball and on several occasions, Chawla has helped Team India in winning crucial games but at the moment he is ageing old and is struggling with his poor form.
The leg spinner has a vast experience of playing 237 T20s in which he successfully managed to grab 251 wickets. But, his inconsistency and fitness have always been the biggest roadblock throughout his cricket career. In IPL, he has been playing for Kolkata Knight Riders since 2014 but he was released by them earlier this year in the trade window.
There were some speculations that he might not get a buyer in IPL 2020 auction but that was not the case. The three-time IPL champions Chennai Super Kings bought him after paying a whopping amount of 6.75 Cr. However, they faced tough competition from their rival franchises like Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals. But in the end, CSK won the bidding war and successfully roped in the 30-year-old spinner in the team for the upcoming season.