IPL Auction Summary & Squad Update

IPL Auction Summary & Squad Update
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IPL Auction Summary & Squad Update

Two days of high intensity, action packed drama of IPL 2022 Mega Auction has come to an end in Bengaluru with 204 players finding a spot in 10 teams. Out of which 137 were Indian players and 67 were overseas. The franchise owners were on a spending spree and splurged crores while fiercely competing with their counterparts in a quest to build their best sides. A mind boggling amount of 551.7 crores was spent by the 10 franchises.

Ishan Kishan was the most expensive player in the auctions with 15.25 crores after Mumbai Indians' successful bid for him in an intense battle with Sunrisers Hyderabad. Liam Livingstone became the most expensive overseas player of this auction and found a new home in Punjab Kings for 11.5 crores. Uncapped players Rahul Tewatia and Shahrukh Khan were sold for 9 crores each whereas pacer Avesh Khan was the most expensive uncapped player in IPL history with 10 crores. The league also saw a record 11 players bagging deals for more than 10 crores. MI and CSK spent more than 10 crores for the first time. 

Here is a teamwise list of top buys

MI - Ishan Kishan (15.25 cr)
CSK - Deepak Chahar ( 14 cr)
KKR - Shreyas Iyer ( 12.25 cr)
PBKS - Liam Livingstone ( 11.5 cr)
SRH - Nicholas Pooran (10.75 cr)
RCB - Harshal/Hasaranga (10.75 cr)
DC - Shardul Thakur (10.75 cr)
RR - Prasidh Krishna (10 cr)
GT - Lockie Ferguson ( 10 cr)
LSG - Avesh Khan ( 10 cr)

Here is a summary of all the 10 sides at the end of Day 2.


Punjab Kings

Total players bought: 23 ( Most among the 10 teams)

Purse remaining: 3.45 crores

Squad combination (18 Indians, 7 overseas)

Batsmen: Mayank Agarwal, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa
WKs: Jonny Bairstow, Prabhsimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma
Spin All-Rounders: Liam Livingstone, Shahrukh Khan, Harpreet Brar, Atharva Taide, Writtick Chatterjee, Ansh Patel
Pace All-Rounders: Odean Smith, Benny Howell, Rishi Dhawan, Raj Angad Bawa, Prerak Mankad

Pacers: Kagiso Rabada, Sandeep Sharma, Nathan Ellis, Ishan Porel, Arshdeep Singh, Vaibhav Arora, Baltej Dhanda
Spinners: Rahul Chahar

Punjab started Day 1 with a bang when they bought the prolific southpaw Shikhar Dhawan and the Proteas quick Kagiso Rabada. Thus their opening combination of Dhawan-Mayank in batting and Arshdeep-Rabada in bowling were instantly sorted. 
That was almost 1/3rd of the job done. They continued their good run with bagging one of the best explosive wicketkeeper-batsman in Jonny Bairstow. With Shahrukh Khan and Liam Livingstone adding firepower in the middle order, Punjab have covered almost every base. A leggie in Chahar, SLA in Brar and an exciting all-rounder in Odean Smith makes it one of the most complete sides.


Mumbai Indians

Total players bought: 21

Purse remaining: 10 lacs

Squad combination (17 Indians, 8 overseas)

Batsmen: Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Dewald Brevis, Anmolpreet Singh, Rahul Buddhi
WKs: Ishan Kishan, Aryan Juyal
Spin All-Rounders: Fabian Allen, Tim David, Hrithik Shokeen, Tilak Varma, Sanjay Yadav
Pace All-Rounders: Kieron Pollard, Jofra Archer, Daniel Sams, Arjun Tendulkar, Ramandeep Singh, Mohd. Arshad Khan

Pacers: Jasprit Bumrah, Tymal Mills, Jaydev Unadkat, Riley Meredith, Basil Thampi
Spinners: Mayank Markande, Murugan Ashwin

MI had plenty of spots to fill with their limited purse after the end of Day 1 in the auctions. Apart from Ishan Kishan, they had a pretty off first day. But champion sides are known to make a comeback, both on and off field. They got hold of the exciting Tim David and went onto strengthen their pace battery with Tymal Mills, Riley Meredith, Jaydev Unadkat and the biggest prize in Jofra Archer. Though Archer will not play in this edition but the duo of Bumrah and Archer will be close to unplayable in the seasons to come.


Chennai Super Kings

Total players bought: 21

Purse remaining: 2.95 crores

Squad combination (17 Indians, 8 overseas)

Batsmen: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, Devon Conway, Subhranshu Senapati, Hari Nishaanth
WKs: MS Dhoni, Ambati Rayudu, N Jagadeesan
Spin All-Rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, Mitchell Santner, Bhagat Varma
Pace All-Rounders: Dwyane Bravo, Shivam Dube, Chris Jordan, Dwaine Pretorius, Rajvardhan Hangargekar 

Pacers: Deepak Chahar, Adam Milne, Tushar Deshpande, KM Asif, Simarjeet Singh, Mukesh Choudhary
Spinners: Maheesh Theekshana, Prashant Solanki

CSK did what they do in every mega auctions, that is, try and maintain their core players as much as they can. Except for Raina they did bid for almost every CSK player that played in 2021 but had to let go off their biggest overseas performers Faf du Plessis and Hazelwood from the champion 2021 squad to their neighbours RCB. CSK focussed on investing seam bowling all-rounders yet again. U-19 sensation Rajvardhan Hangrekar, Shivam Dube and Proteas all-rounder Dwaine Pretorius were their notable picks in this category. 


Sunrisers Hyderabad

Total players bought: 20

Purse remaining: 10 lacs

Squad combination (16 Indians, 7 overseas)

Batsmen: Kane Williamson, Aiden Markram, Rahul Tripathi, Priyam Garg, R Samarth
WKs: Nicholas Pooran, Glenn Phillips, Vishnu Vinod
Spin All-Rounders: Washington Sundar, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad
Pace All-Rounders: Romario Shepherd, Marco Jansen, Shashank Singh

Pacers: Umran Malik, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kartik Tyagi, Sean Abbott, Fazalhaq Farooqi, Saurabh Dubey 
Spinners: Shreyas Gopal, J Suchith

SRH once again showed a lot of faith in the young uncapped Indian players as evident from their signings with Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Kartik Tyagi, Suchith and Rahul Tripathi on Day 1. They also managed to buy back Bhuvi and Natarajan who are currently struggling with form and fitness but have done exceedingly well for them in the past. Pooran, Markram and Abdul Samad in middle order will give much needed fire power, an area where they were struggling in the last season. Addition of Romario Shepard and Marco Jansen to the all rounder list further strengthens their side. 


Gujarat Titans
Total players bought: 20

Purse remaining: 15 lakhs

Squad combination (15 Indians, 8 overseas)

Batsmen: Shubman Gill, Jason Roy, David Miller, Abhinav Sadarangani
WKs: Matthew Wade, Wriddhiman Saha
Spin All-Rounders: Rashid Khan, Rahul Tewatia, Jayant Yadav, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Sai Sudharshan
Pace All-Rounders: Hardik Pandya, Dominic Drakes, Vijay Shankar, Pradeep Sangwan, Darshan Nalkande

Pacers: Lockie Ferguson, Alzarri Joseph, Mohammed Shami, Varun Aaron, Yash Dayal
Spinners: Noor Ahmad, Sai Kishore

The debutants already had done a pretty decent job by signing the world's best leg-spinner Rashid Khan and the hard hitting all-rounder Hardik Pandya during retentions. 
Perhaps, they bagged the biggest deal in Jason Roy at his base price of just 2 crores. One area where GT heavily erred was not investing in a wicketkeeper. Until the dying hours, the squad was without any keeper before they bought Saha & Wade in back-to-back bids. Kiwi pacer Lockie Ferguson was their best buy who will be well complimented by Mohammad Shami.


Delhi Capitals

Total players bought: 20

Purse remaining: 10 laks

Squad combination (17 Indians, 7 overseas)

Batsmen: David Warner, Prithvi Shaw, Rovman Powell, Mandeep Singh, Ashwin Hebbar
WKs: Rishabh Pant, Tim Seifert, KS Bharat
Spin All-Rounders: Axar Patel, Yash Dhull, Sarfaraz Khan, Pravin Dubey, Vicky Ostwal, Lalit Yadav
Pace All-Rounders: Mitchell Marsh, Ripal Patel, Kamlesh Nagarkoti

Pacers: Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Shardul Thakur, Chetan Sakariya, Khaleel Ahmed, Mustafizur Rahman
Spinners: Kuldeep Yadav 

"I don't know who you are, but I will definitely bid for you" this is what Mr Grandhi had in his mind before coming to the auctions. Several videos went viral on social media where he can be seen mouthing something that can attest to the fact that he made several bids just to empty rival pockets. The one table where the paddle was consistently up was DC's.
David Warner returned where it all started for him. One area where DC were too smart was the fast bowlers category. With Avesh and Rabada gone, DC acquired Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Lungi Ngidi and left arm trio of Khaleel, Mustafizur and Sakariya. Batting department was slotted with KS Bharat, Sarfaraz Khan and Mandeep Singh. Kuldeep Yadav and Vicky Ostwal will constitute the spin department. All these buys including Yash Dhull came cheap without shelling a lot of money and DC had no difficulty in acquiring them.


Kolkata Knight Riders

Total players bought:  21

Purse remaining: 45 lakhs

Squad combination (17 Indians, 8 overseas)

Batsmen: Shreyas Iyer, Alex Hales, Ajinkya Rahane, Rinku Singh, Ramesh Kumar, Pratham Singh, Abhijeet Tomar
WKs: Sam Billings, Sheldon Jackson, Baba Indrajith
Spin All-Rounders: Sunil Narine, Mohammad Nabi, Nitish Rana, Anukul Roy
Pace All-Rounders: Venkatesh Iyer, Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Chamika Karunaratne, Aman Khan

Pacers: Tim Southee, Shivam Mavi, Umesh Yadav, Rasikh Dar, Ashok Sharma
Spinners: Varun Chakravarthy

Day 1 started with KKR aggressively pushing for Pat Cummins and Shreyas Iyer from the marquee list. They were successful in acquiring both of them with Iyer touted as potential captain of KKR. The franchise was again involved in an aggressive bid, this time for Nitish Rana with same success. But that left them with very little in the purse (12 cr) and plenty of spots to fill. KKR's performance on Day 2 was even better, especially when teams had to submit a list of 'interested' players where they got hold of Nabi, Umesh, Hales and Lankan all-rounder Chamika Karunaratne.


Rajasthan Royals

Total players bought: 21

Purse remaining: 95 lakhs

Squad combination (16 Indians, 8 overseas)

Batsmen: Yashavi Jaiswal, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Rassie van der Dussen, Karun Nair
WKs: Sanju Samson, Jos Buttler, Dhruv Jurel
Spin All-Rounders: R Ashwin, Riyan Parag, Shubham Garhwal
Pace All-Rounders: Daryl Mitchell, James Neesham, Anunay Singh

Pacers: Trent Boult, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Obed McCoy, Navdeep Saini, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldip Yadav, Kuldeep Sen
Spinners: Yuzi Chahal, KC Cariappa, Tejas Baroka

Getting Ashwin and Chahal for a combined 11.5 crores was the best hand played by RR in the auctions. Having picked only 3 overseas players till the last hour, RR had no second thoughts about filling their remaining spots with Rassie, Neesham, Daryl Mitchell and Coulter-Nile. They might look to push Buttler in the middle with Hetmyer considering the lack of power-hitters for the middle and death overs. That opens up an opportunity for Jaiswal and Devdutt to open. 


Royal Challengers Bangalore

Total players bought: 19

Purse remaining: 1.55 cr

Squad combination (14 Indians, 8 overseas)

Batsmen: Virat Kohli, Faf du Plessis, Finn Allen
WKs: Dinesh Karthik, Anuj Rawat, Luvnith Sisodia
Spin All-Rounders: Glenn Maxwell, Wanindu Hasaranga, Shahbaz Ahmad, Mahipal Lomror, Aneeshwar Gautam 
Pace All-Rounders: Shefane Rutherford, Suyash Prabhudessai 

Pacers: Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, David Willey, Josh Hazlewood, Jason Behrendorff, Siddharth Kaul, Akash Deep, Chama Milind
Spinners: Karn Sharma 

RCB have a balanced looking bowling attack with Siraj and Hazlewood in powerplay and Harshal at death. Spin department will be taken care of by their biggest buy Hasaranga, Shabaz and Glenn Maxwell. RCB lack a trusted off-spinner and a left-handed batsman in top 6. 
They have gotten hold of many talented uncapped Indians like Luvnith Sisodia, Suyash Prabhudesai, Anuj Rawat, Mahipal Lomror and Akash deep though. Letting go of Chahal might just prove too costly for them.


Lucknow Super Giants

Total players bought: 18

Purse remaining: 0

Squad combination (14 Indians, 7 overseas)

Batsmen: Evin Lewis, Manish Pandey, Manan Vohra
WKs: KL Rahul, Quinton de Kock
Spin All-Rounders: Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda, K Gowtham, Ayush Badoni, Karan Sharma
Pace All-Rounders: Marcus Stoinis, Jason Holder, Kyle Mayers

Pacers: Avesh Khan, Mark Wood, Dushmantha Chameera, Ankit Rajpoot, Mohsin Khan, Mayank Yadav
Spinners: Ravi Bishnoi, Shahbaz Nadeem

The new entrants were probably the best perfomers along with Punjab on Day 1. The duo of Gambhir and Andy Flower did not disappoint in their first assignment. Captain of Lucknow will be spoilt for choices with so many good picks and the combination of playing XI will majorly depend on the choice of strategy he wants to deploy.

Already has 2 left-handed openers to partner with Rahul in QDK and Lewis. Both types of all-rounders in Jason Holder, Krunal Pandya, Deepak Hooda along with Stoinis are available at his disposal while pace battery is evenly sorted with Mark Wood, Avesh Khan, Ankit Rajput and Chameera. It is fair to say Lucknow don't have any chinks in thier armour as of now and probably have aced the auction in their very first attempt.

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