2020 IPL Auction
The IPL 2020 Auction gets underway in Kolkata on December 19th, 2019. The original list of 997 players has been cut down to 332 – these include 186 Indian players.
MI will have the lowest budget at the auctions to select a maximum of 7 players. They would look for a replacement for Evin Lewis at the top of the order – the West Indian has the fifth-highest strike rate in T20I cricket history and a great ability to hit sixes – the best sixes/innings ratio in T20I cricket.
CSK have the most settled squad amongst all the eight franchises. They have just 5 slots available and the second-lowest purse of Rs 14.6 crores at the auction. They would look to go for a specialist batsman – someone like a Shimron Hetmyer could be a good buy for them - and a left-arm quick as their overseas players. They could target Sam Curran.
Kings XI not only has the maximum purse of Rs 42.7 crore, they also have the maximum budget per player in the upcoming auction. Having released some of the big players like Varun Chakravarthy, David Miller, Sam Curran and Andrew Tye, Kings XI can target some star replacements as they only have a maximum of 9 slots to fill in the auction.
DC have been the smartest with their releases and retentions. They have added to their pool of experienced and talented Indian players (Dhawan, Pant, Shaw, Iyer, Ishant Sharma) by trading in the likes of R Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane.
Having released three all-rounders (Deepak Hooda, Shakib Al Hasan and Yusuf Pathan), that is where SRH would look to invest in the auctions in December – they need explosive batting all-rounders down the order in their line-up.
KKR have the second-biggest purse having released 11 players including some big names like Uthappa and Chris Lynn.
With the release of as many as 12 players, RCB would be looking to rebuild their squad and re-plan their strategy – not surprising as they haven’t yet won the IPL and did not do particularly well in the last edition too.
RR have released a number of Indian players and would be looking at the auctions to re-build the Indian nucleus of the side. They need a couple of batsmen in the middle order and could bet heavily on the likes of Uthappa and Vihari