Pat Cummins has created an Indian Premier League history worth leaving behind the likes of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Rohit Sharma in the insidesport.co Moneyball Salary Calculator table for the highest-paid players in cricket’s richest tournament.
The Australian all-rounder had joined the IPL 2020 Auction pool as one of the seven players with the highest base price of ₹ 2 crore.
Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore were engaged in intense battle to get the Australian pace spearhead who also chips in with the willow in the lower middle order. As RCB appeared to throw the towel, Kolkata Knight Riders jumped in to seal the deal with a winning bid of ₹ 15.5 crore.
In the process, Cummins became the highest-salaried overseas player in the history of the Indian Premier League. Among all the IPL professionals till date, he stands only behind numero uno Virat Kohli, who has a ₹ 17 crore per annum salary deal with RCB, and Yuvraj Singh’s ₹ 16 crore deal with the Delhi Daredevils in 2014.
Interestingly, the IPL Moneyball bazar in Kolkata was looted by the overseas players with none of the Indian talent figuring in the top five buys for the day. Glenn Maxwell and Chris Morris both reached the psychological ₹ 10 crore barrier.
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Cummins in the process also became the player to get the second best deal in any IPL auction across the 13 seasons of the league. The highest-paid Virat Kohli has never ever been part of the auction pool after having been picked by the RCB as an uncapped players. There was no bidding for the uncapped players before 2014.
The record for the highest ever IPL bid is held by Yuvraj Singh for his 2014 Delhi Capitals contract. The former India left-hander in fact figures twice in the table of the top five IPL bids, with Cummins barging into the No. 2 position.
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Among the Indians, Piyush Chawla got the best deal worth ₹ 6.75 crore from Chennai Super Kings from his base price of ₹ 1.00 crore base price. His former franchisee KXIP showed keen interest in the right-arm leg-spinner. But they failed to sustain the consistent challenge from the Yellow Lions.