Pat Cummins started a huge bidding war in the IPL auction on Thursday, with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) getting him for 15.5 Crore INR.
This is the record for the most expensive overseas player in the IPL.
So @patcummins30 is coming back home to KKR! 👋
— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) December 19, 2019
This is also the record for the most expensive bowler in the IPL. Cummins had registered in the IPL auction as an all-rounder, however.
This is the second most expensive buy in the history of the IPL auction, only behind the 16 CR bid Delhi Capitals made on Yuvraj Singh in 2015.
Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore were engaged in a fierce bidding war for Cummins on Thursday, before KKR swooped in and won the day. Cummins has taken 32 wickets in 25 IPL matches so far with an economy of little above 6.
Interestingly, in 2014, KKR had bought Pat Cummins for 1 crore INR. He had not got many opportunities to showcase his craft then, but has since become one of the foremost pace bowlers in world cricket.
“I thought he was the best player of the auction…as a cricketer he’s grown, his body has become robust. He is now the vice-captain of Australia cricket team team, which is a mark of his development. Wonderful to secure a world-class player,” said Brendon McCullum. KKR’s head coach.
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 19, 2019
In terms of most expensive players in the IPL, Cummins becomes the third most expensive – after Virat Kohli, who RCB had retained for 17 CR, and Yuvraj Singh.
Cummins joins Lockie Ferguson and Harry Gurney as overseas bowling options in the KKR squad for the IPL 2020 season. KKR also snapped up Eoin Morgan in Thursday’s auction.
KKR also bought England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan for Rs 5.25 crore. Like Cummins he has also played for KKR in the past. Other players bought during the action are Varun Chakravarthy (Rs. 4 crore), Tom Banton (Rs. 1 crore), Rahul Tripathi (Rs. 60 lakh), Chris Green (Rs. 20 lakh), M Siddharth (Rs. 20 lakh), and 48-year-old Praveen Tambe (Rs. 20 lakh).
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