One blunder made by each franchise in the IPL 2020 auction

One blunder made by each franchise in the IPL 2020 auction

Franchises might end up regretting the decisions going forward.

Robin Uthappa
Kolkata Knight Riders’ Robin Uthappa in action. (Photo by Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Auctions are one of the most integral parts in team strategy and planning. Champions teams know which exact players they want in their ranks. The Indian Premier League (IPL) auction for the year 2020 was conducted on 19th December, 2019.

140.30 Crores were spent by the franchises in pursuit of some of the best players in the world. There was an intense bid on Pat Cummins, before he was picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for a whopping INR 15.5 crore, the most ever for a foreign player in the history of the league.

Although every team tried their best to cover their weaknesses, some of the buys didn’t exactly help their cause.  Franchises might end up regretting the decisions going forward.

In the article, let’s look at the blunders made by each IPL team in the last auction: –

1. Royal Challengers Bangalore- Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn. (Photo: IANS)

We definitely cannot disregard the fact that age catches up with a fast bowler. Dale Steyn had match-winning performances in the two games he played last season, but he pulled out of the rest of the tournament due to injuries.

Another concern with getting Steyn back in the auction is that he has only played three T20is since the IPL, and not a single ODI. He already has retied from Test cricket. 

Steyn is most likely not going to start for the Challengers. Instead of going for him, RCB could have looked to use their purse in investing in a good middle-order batsman to fill up the void they have in that aspect.

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