Kolkata: England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan, Australia’s limited-overs captain Aaron Finch and Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins appear in the first major auction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as star players from Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore Were outside (RCB).
Pat Cummins, who was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 15.5 crore, became the most expensive foreign buyer ever in the IPL players auction.
Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell went for a price of Rs 10.75 crore at the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) auction in Kings XI Punjab.
Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals were knocked out to make Maxwell a part of their team, but Punjab eventually won the player.
Morgan, who has previously played for KKR, had a base price of Rs 1.50 crore. Purple-coloured men had to compete fiercely with the Delhi capitals, who were also interested in the swashbuckling of the southwest.
Morgan was the second player to enter the first set of players at the 13th auction, where Chris Lynn, released by KKR, was sent by Mumbai Indians at a base price of Rs 2 crore without a bid.
Another KKR player who did not want to put Robin Uthappa in the Rajasthan Royals for 3 crores, while England opener Jason Roy was captained by the Delhi team for 1.5 crores.
Then there was Finch, who did not play in the 2019 IPL, and RCB were locked in a bidding war with KKR. The Virat Kohli-led franchise eventually struck a deal for Rs 4.40 crore.
India’s Test specialists Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari remained unsold.