IPL 2020: 5 Steal deals in the auction

IPL 2020: 5 Steal deals in the auction

Morgan, who is set to lead England again at the 2020 T20 World Cup, fetched INR 5.25 crores.

Isuru Udana
Isuru Udana. (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

The Indian Premier League (IPL) auction for the upcoming edition of the IPL came to an end with Pat Cummins stealing the show as the Kolkata Knight Riders splashed out a record Rs. 15.5 crores for the Australia star in Kolkata on Thursday.

Cummins had been the subject of bids from both Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals before Knight Riders gazumped their rivals. The deal, worth roughly 2.2 million USD, makes Cummins the most expensive overseas buy in IPL history. The top-ranked Test bowler previously played in Kolkata in 2014 and 2015, along with Delhi Capitals in 2017. He missed the 2018 tournament with Mumbai Indians through injury.

Aussie pace spearhead Cummins has picked up 17 wickets, at an average of 29.35, in his 16 career IPL matches to date. He is joined at Knight Riders by England limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan, whose reward for 2019 Cricket World Cup success is a much-improved deal.

Morgan, who is set to lead England again at the 2020 T20 World Cup, fetched INR 5.25 crore – more than double his wage for Kings XI Punjab in his most recent appearance in 2017. Meanwhile, Cummins was not the only quick to welcome a big contract on Thursday, as debutant Sheldon Cottrell went to Kings XI Punjab(KXIP) for INR 8.5 crore.

On the flip side, there were quite a few prominent, world-class players in extremely good form who didn’t arouse as much interest from franchises as expected. Some rather obvious buys as many experts predicted prior to players auctions didn’t go exactly as predicted. Many franchises ended up getting some players who are worth a lot more on current form and talent for a very cheap price.

Here’s taking a look at 5 steal deals from the IPL Auctions 2020:

 Jimmy Neesham (KXIP)

Jimmy Neesham (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

 New Zealand all-rounder James Neesham was acquired by the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) Auction 2020. KXIP acquired Neesham for a meagre Rs. 50 lakhs. Neesham is Kings XI’s third major purchase after Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and West Indies pacer Sheldon Cottrell.

James ‘Jimmy’ Neesham has been establishing his name as a dependable batting all-rounder in the past year and his presence was vital in New Zealand’s World Cup campaign too. His form seems to have worked as the Kings XI Punjab showed faith in him when no one else did.

His base price was Rs. 50 lakhs and the Kings XI enthusiastically placed their bid in no time. What could be considered surprising was that no other team was interested in Neesham, who can be an asset for his versatility. Neesham has played the IPL for the Delhi Capitals and the Kolkata Knight Riders previously. He has played 4 matches in the IPL (2014) but has only taken a single wicket. This stint with the Kings XI may rejuvenate Neesham’s IPL career.

The major reason for franchises not showing interest in Neesham is his lukewarm returns in the IPL so far. But KXIP and their fans won’t be complaining as they have got the explosive all-rounder who will be playing alongside the likes of KL Rahul, Chris Gayle and Glen Maxwell now.

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