IPL 2020: Team-wise best pick and worst pick in the auction
A total of 62 players received contracts on Thursday from the auction table in Kolkata.
Published - Dec 20, 2019 11:31 am | Updated - Dec 20, 2019 11:31 am
Another edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction came to an end on Thursday, which witnessed a lot of shocking moves from the franchises. The obvious targets of most clubs are very immediate and are not looking much into the future, which explains why they did not invest very heavily in youngsters like Rohan Kadam.
Pat Cummins ended up being the biggest winner of the day, bagging a contract worth INR 15.5 Crore. Some other fast bowlers like Sheldon Cottrell, Chris Morris and Nathan Coulter-Nile too received humongous paychecks, making up for very interesting squad permutations and combinations. We cannot say all franchises will be happy with the eventual outcome but definitely, most teams look strong on paper.
Here are the best and worst picks of each team for this edition:
1. Mumbai Indians
The four-time champions let go of 12 players and still didn’t have a lot of money with them going into this auction. They were going to be very cautious and selective, which was exactly the case. They signed six cricketers, two overseas in this edition and have a wallet of INR 1.95 Crore remaining. They’re once again a tough force to deal with.
Best pick – Chris Lynn
The first pick of the auction day, it came in as a huge surprise to the Ambanis as well that Chris Lynn came in unchallenged. They picked him up for his base price of INR 2 Crore, which sets up the tournament beautifully in their favour. They have a muscular top order capable of demolishing any bowling unit with this man’s addition and the MI fans are just waiting for their title defence to begin.
Worst pick – Nathan Coulter-Nile
After having as many as three fast bowling options among overseas cricketers, out of whom only one will be in the XI, Nathan Coulter-Nile was not a cricketer the Mumbai Indians needed. Yet, they snapped him in the auction for a whopping INR 8 Crore after getting into a bidding war with the Chennai Super Kings. Coulter-Nile might not get a single game in this edition.