Everyone knows that the Indian Premier League is the richest T20 franchise that manages to attract some of the world’s biggest players. Here are the top five most expensive players picked up at the auction for IPL 2020.
5. Nathan Coulter-Nile - 8 crore INR ($1.1 M - Approx.)
Franchise: Mumbai Indians
Source: Essentially Sports
The Australian quick was recently ignored for Australia’s tour of India. However, this didn’t affect his IPL value as he went for a surprising 8 crore INR ($1.1 million). He was valued more than his fellow countryman Chris Lynn, who is a hot property in the world of franchise T20 cricket.
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Coulter-Nile has previously represented Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and is returning to Mumbai Indians after playing for the franchise in 2013. He was on the radar of the top two supreme teams in the league, Chennai and Mumbai, but in the end, the defending champions managed to clinch him.
4. Sheldon Cottrell - 8.5 crore INR ($1.2 M – Approx.)
Franchise: Kings XI Punjab
The West Indian pacer has surely left a dent on the purse of the Kings XI Punjab as he was bought for 8.5 crore INR ($1.2 million). Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals and the eventual Kings XI Punjab all were in a bidding war to sign Cottrell, but in the end, the Punjabis managed to clinch him. His salute celebration is bound to excite the energetic Punjabi fans!
3. Chris Morris – 10 crore INR ($1.4 – Approx.)
Franchise: Royal Challengers Bangalore
Our writers placed him on number 10 in the list of international players to be excited for in this seasons IPL. However, the cheque writers at the IPL auction hold a completely different opinion. The Proteas T20 veteran was bought by RCB for a whopping 10 crore INR ($1.4 million). His recent average run in the Mzansi Super League and this huge price tag did not go down well with the general public. Many criticized the Royal Challengers Bangalore for overspending.
2. Glen Maxwell - 10.5 crore INR ($1.5 M – Approx.)
Franchise: Kings XI Punjab
Source: Cricket Addictor
Kings XI Punjab have shown they mean business by having 2 of the 5 most expensive players in their team. However, Glen Maxwell is a player anyone would pay big for in the world of T20. The Australian T20-specialist was wanted by both Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab. He did have a poor 2018 season, but after returning to Kings XI Punjab he would be hoping to replicate that memorable 2014 season with the Punjabis where he was the player of the tournament and helped them reach the final.
1. Pat Cummins - 15.50 crore INR ($2.2 M Approx.)
Franchise: Kolkata Knight Riders
Pat Cummins became the most expensive foreign buy ever after the KKR purchased his services for a staggering 15.50 crore INR! However, this is no surprise as he is the world’s number bowler in Tests, a great white ball player too, and just 26 so he is at the prime of his career. The Aussie quick has high expectations to live up to because of this price tag, but we are sure he will justify it and more by the end of the season!
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