IPL Auction 2020 Preview

The IPL auction is something truly unique in terms of money being thrown about, the lack of any cricketing logic that seems to prevail at some moments, and the spectacle it offers. The IPL auction has evolved into a spectacle of its own and attracts a huge audience.

The auction for IPL 2020 season is just around the corner and will be held on the 19th of December. There has been a fair bit of player trading action that has happened during the trading window as well so the teams are making their moves early.

Let’s take a look at the eight teams and what they may be looking for ahead of the IPL 2020 auction.

Chennai Super Kings

Players released from the CSK squad: David Willey, Dhruv Shorey, Mohit Sharma, Chaitanya Bishnoi, Sam Billings, Scott Kuggeleijn.

The Chennai Super Kings have always kept a fairly stable squad and they don’t like to tinker around too much. None of the players that have been released look likely to make it back into the side. Sam Billings played a couple of notable match-winning innings for CSK in 2019 and Mohit Sharma has been with the franchise in the past as well but it looks like the team has moved on.

What is CSK looking for in IPL 2020?

They have five available slots (three domestic and two overseas). The CSK squad has started to age a little and a lot of the players are not playing international cricket anymore. Shane Watson, Ambati Rayadu, Suresh Raina, Harbhajan Singh, Imran Tahir, and Suresh Raina are all close to the end of their careers.
One their radar should be a backup opener, a couple of fast-bowlers to pair with Deepak Chahar, and some promising uncapped players to develop for their squad.

Purse available for IPL 2020 auction: 14.60 crore

Delhi Capitals

Players released from the Delhi Capitals squad: Chris Morris, Colin Ingram, Colin Munro, Hanuma Vihari, Ankush Bains, B Aiyappa, Jalaj Saxena, Manjot Kalra, Nathu Singh

The Delhi Capitals have been very active in the off-season and have added some big names to their already impressive squad. Joining the Delhi Capitals this season will be Ajinkya Rahane and Ravi Ashwin to give the Capitals a very strong Indian contingent.

They have Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Ravi Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, and Shreyas Iyer as current Indian internationals in their side. That is brilliant news for them and they have an excellent opportunity to fill up the gaps in their squad to make it truly title-worthy.

What are the Delhi Capitals looking for in IPL 2020?  

They have eleven empty slots (six domestic and five overseas). There is a strong core of Indian batsmen to lead the side so we don’t think they are going to go too heavily on established batsmen. The first area they target should be quality fast-bowlers to join Ishant Sharma and Kagiso Rabada.

Amit Mishra is a good wrist-spinner but he is getting on and a back-up wrist spinner would also be a good option. A wicket-keeper batsman would also help round out the squad even more.

Purse available for IPL 2020 auction: 27.85 crore

Kings XI Punjab

Players released from the KXIP squad: Sam Curran, Andrew Tye, David Miller, Moises Henriques, Prabhsimran Singh, Varun Chakravarthy, Agnivesh Ayachi

The Kings XI Punjab have let go of some of their highest-profile purchases from the previous auction and so are going to have a big purse available for this auction as well. There are a lot of big names in the pool looking for a new franchise and so they are not going to be short of options this time around either.

In KL Rahul, Mayank Aggarwal, Mohammad Shami, and Nicholas Pooran, Kings XI Punjab has the core of a strong side. We are surprised they decided to retain so many of their Indian uncapped players that have not lived up to expectations in the previous edition. Chris Gayle is also one of the retained players and that is a big risk to take too.

What is Kings XI Punjab looking for in IPL 2020?

The Kings XI franchise needs a number of good players. It needs a solid all-rounder, some quality fast-bowler, and some power in the lower middle-order. The big purse that the Kings XI franchise has needs to be put to good use otherwise they are going to struggle in IPL 2020 as well.

Purse available for IPL 2020: 42.70 crore

Kolkata Knight Riders

Players released from the KKR squad: Robin Uthappa, Piyush Chawla, Anrich Nortje, Chris Lynn, Joe Denly, KC Cariappa, Matt Kelly, Carlos Brathwaite, Nikhil Naik, Shrikant Munde, Prithvi Raj Yarra

KKR seems to be in the mood to revitalize its side and has let go of some big names Players like Piyush Chawla and Robin Uthappa have been central to its success but the franchise has decided to cut them loose. Perhaps the release of Chris Lynn is going to attract the most attention who has since put the IPL on notice with fireworks at the T10 League in Abu Dhabi.

A number of players released by KKR could find new gigs with other franchises.

What is KKR looking for in IPL 2020?

KKR has eleven slots to fill (seven domestic and four overseas) so there is a fair bit of work to be done. They need some experienced fast-bowlers in their side alongside Lockie Ferguson, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, and Prasidh Krishna. Dinesh Karthik and Nitish Rana are the two major Indian batsmen in the KKR squad so reinforcement in this area is also needed.  

Purse available for IPL 2020 auction: 35.65 crore

Mumbai Indians

Players released from Mumbai Indians squad: Yuvraj Singh, Adam Milne, Alzarri Joseph, Ben Cutting, Evin Lewis, Jason Behrendorff, Rasikh Dar, Barinder Sran, Pankaj Jaiswal, Beuran Hendricks

The Mumbai Indians have picked up Trent Boult and Sherfane Rutherford from the Delhi Capitals in the off-season, both excellent acquisitions in our opinion. Lower middle-order hitters that can strike from ball one are rare and the prospect of seeing Trent Boult open the bowling with Jasprit Bumrah is mouth-watering.

What are the Mumbai Indians looking for in IPL 2020?

There are not too many weaknesses in the Mumbai Indians squad. Their overseas contingent is very strong and they have some very promising youngsters like Ishan Kishan and Rahul Chahar in their side as well.

The only area where they seem to need some reinforcement is the Indian batting. Rohit Sharma has Aditya Tare, Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, and Ishan Kishan for company. Not too bad but definitely some room for improvement

Purse available for IPL 2020 auction: 13.05 crore

Rajasthan Royals

Players released by Rajasthan Royals: Ashton Turner, Ish Sodhi, Jaydev Unadkat, Rahul Tripathi, Aryaman Birla, Oshane Thomas, Stuart Binny, Shubham Ranjane, Liam Livingstone, Sudhesan Midhun, Prashant Chopra

The Rajasthan Royals have also cleared a lot of space ahead of the IPL 2020 auction. They have released eleven players including some big names like Ashton Turner, Liam Livingstone, Jayadev Unbadkat, and Ish Sodhi. We think Liam Livingstone could be a smart buy for a franchise looking to shore up it's batting while Rahul Tripathi may attract a lot of attention as well.

What are the Rajasthan Royals looking for in IPL 2020?

With eleven slots available to be filled (seven domestic and four overseas), the Rajasthan Royals are going to largely focus on getting some quality Indian players. They have traded away Ajinkya Rahane and look pretty short on Indian batsmen. Sanju Samson is the only real Indian batting star in the side.

Jos Buttler, Steve Smith, and Ben Stokes give the Rajasthan Royals a lot of depth but the bowling department is not very strong either with regard to the Indian players. A decent purse will allow the Rajasthan Royals to bid their way into some popular buys but they need to find some value picks to round out the squad as well.

Purse available for IPL 2020 auction: 28.90 crore

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Players released from the RCB squad: Colin de Grandhomme, Dale Steyn, Heinrich Klaasen, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Shimron Hetmyer, Tim Southee, Himmat Singh, Akshdeep Nath, Kulwant Khejroliya, Marcus Stoinis, Prayas Ray Burman, and Milind Kumar.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore side has become a meme on the internet after successive years floundering at the bottom of the table.  Mike Hesson has been brought in as the coach and he has cleared the decks. AB de Villiers and Moeen Ali are the only two overseas players in the squad right now. The Indian core of the side looks decent with Virat Kohli, Umesh Yadav, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Shivam Dube in the squad.

What is RCB looking for in IPL 2020?

A bit of everything really. RCB is on the lookout for some good fast-bowlers, an all-rounder or two, and maybe even an overseas batsman that can strike with power at the top. Mike Hesson has tremendous knowledge about the T20 game and is one of the smartest coaches going around. We think he should make some smart moves in this auction.

Purse available for IPL 2020 auction: 27.90 crore

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Players released from SRH squad: Martin Guptill, Shakib al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Rick Bhui, Deepak Hooda

The Sunrisers Hyderabad side has released the least amount of players and is looking to just fill in some gaps from the last edition of the IPL. It has decided to part ways with Martin Guptill, who seems to be a shadow of himself in Indian conditions, and the two perennially under-performing all-rounders Yusuf Pathan and Deepak Hooda.

The loss of Shakib al Hasan due to circumstances beyond their control is a big one.

What is SRH looking for in IPL 2020?

There are seven slots open in the SRH squad (five domestic and two overseas). The Sunrisers Hyderabad are looking to lengthen their batting. David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, and Kane Williamson are a tremendous top-3 but only Manish Pandey is an Indian batsman of note in the side. A good Indian all-rounder would be on the top of the SRH wishlist. We can see SRH take a few punts on the uncapped youngsters in this auction.

Purse available: 27.90 crore


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