IPL 2019

Which teams are playing in IPL 2019?

IPL 2019 Auctions were held on 19 December 2018. A sum total of ₹106.80 crore was spent, with eight old-school franchises taking part in the 12th season of the long running Indian Premier League. Looking at the overall auctions we come to the following numbers:

  • Total Number of Players Auctioned – 351
  • Total Money Spent – Rs.106.80 Crore
  • Total Number of Players Sold – 60
  • Number of Foreign Players Sold – 20
  • Most & Least Number of Players bought by a team – 13 (KXIP) & 2 (CSK)
  • Youngest Player Sold at Auction – Prayas Ray Barman (16 Years) to RCB

Team by Team Analysis

1. Chennai Super Kings: CSK retained majority of its earlier squad, therefore reducing its own role in this year’s auction. CSK however made a value addition to the team by buying Mohit Sharma for 5 crores.

2. Delhi Capitals: Delhi Capitals retained 14 of its last year’s players, while successfully acquired Shikhar Dhawan. Therefore, for them this year’s auction was aimed at filling the inadequacies of the team. They roped in players like Sherfane Rutherford, Colin Ingram and let go of overseas players like Glenn Maxwell, Jason Roy etc. A balanced squad can help Delhi set forward their poor preceding IPL record where they stood at the 8th position in 2018.

3. Kings XI Punjab: Kings XI Punjab’s shortcoming in the middle order costed them the playoffs in 2018. The team is heavily dependant on players in the top order, like KL Rahul. This disbalance, led the decision makers to retain only 10 players prior to the auction by letting go of Indian players like Mohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh etc. KXIP has also focused this time on acquiring a greater number of finishing options.

4. Kolkata Knight Riders: KKR’s returns of last year’s auction proved to be disappointing, however some surprising picks like Shrikant Mundhe & Nikhil Naik compensated the losses. Therefore, this time KKR’s focus can be filling these deviations between the varying returns on several of their investments. KKR also has focused on strengthening their pace and all-rounder areas.

5. Mumbai Indians: Similar to CSK, Mumbai Indians also had their core team retained this year, thereby resulting in little action in the auctions. Malinga, the Sri Lankan slinger and the veteran Yuvraj Singh have been picked up by the team. Punjab’s Anmolpreet Singh is the most promising one out of the young lot, and it is possible that the majority of new comers may find it difficult to fit into the squad of backups.

6. Rajasthan Royals: Highest bid of the event went to Jaydev Unadkat by Rajasthan Royals (details given at the end). Pace continues to be a strong forte for Rajasthan, which justifies the purchase of Oshane Thomas & Varun Aaron (combined cost of 3.5 crore). Royals currently need to strengthen their backup options, else it can prove to be their weak point in the series.

7. Royal Challenger’s Bangalore: RCB spent the auction picking up the future prospects while also landing Shimron Hetmyer and all rounder Shivam Dube (combined cost of 9.2 crore), who’s potential can decide the line-up after Devillers & Kohli.

8. Sunrisers Hyderabad: Hyderabad continued on the wise paths at the auctions this year, selecting a mere total of three players for the completion of their 23-player squad. With their analytical mechanisms, SRH added an overseas wicketkeeper Jonny Bairstow in their team. SRH also went ahead with the idea to find a top-order backup in place of David Warner, and thereby went aggressively for players like Hetmyer, Ingram and finally after unsuccessful bids of the former 2 players, they settled for Guptill.

Auction Analysis:

S.No. Team Purse Spent Left Bought Retained Strength Indian Overseas
1. Chennai Super Kings 8.4 Crore 5.2 Crore 3.2 Crore 2 Players 23 Players 25 Players 17 Players 8 Players
2. Delhi Capitals 25.5 Crore 17.8 Crore 7.7 Crore 10 Players 15 Players 25 Players 17 Players 8 Players
3. Kings XI Punjab 36.2 Crore 35.2 Crore 3.7 Crore 13 Players 10 Players 23 Players 15 Players 8 Players
4. Kolkata Knight Riders 15.2 Crore 9.15 Crore 6.05 Crore 8 Players 13 Players 21 Players 12 Players 8 Players
5. Mumbai Indians 11.15 Crore 7.60 Crore 3.55 Crore 6 Players 18 Players 24 Players 16 Players 8 Players
6. Rajasthan Royals 20.95 Crore 13.80 Crore 7.15 Crore 9 Players 16 Players 25 Players 17 Players 8 Players
7. Royal Challengers 18.15 Crore 16.35 Crore 1.80 Crore 9 Players 15 Players 24 Players 16 Players 8 Players
8. Sunrisers Hyderabad 9.70 Crore 4.40 Crore 5.30 Crore 3 Players 20 Players 23 Players 15 Players 8 Players

Most Expensive Players in IPL 2019:

S.NO. Player Base Price (INR) Bought By Price (INR)
1. Varun Chakravarthy 20 Lakhs King XI Punjab 8.4 Crore
2. Jaydev Unadkat 1.5 Crore Rajasthan Royals 8.4 Crore
3. Sam Curran 2.0 Crore Kings XI Punjab 7.2 Crore
4. Colin Ingram 2.0 Crore Delhi Capitals 6.4 Crore
5. Axar Patel 1.0 Crore Delhi Capitals 5 Crore
6. Carlos Brathwaite 75 Lakh Kolkata Knight Rider 5 Crore
7. Mohit Sharma 50 Lakh Chennai Super Kings 5 Crore
8. Shivam Dubey 20 Lakh Royal Challenger Bangalore 5 Crore
9. Prabhimran Singh 20 Lakh King XI Punjab 4.8 Crore
10. Mohammed Shami 1.0 Crore King XI Punjab 4.8 Crore

The most expensive player sold this season was Varun Chakravarthy at a price of 8.4 Crore (starting at a base price of 20 lakh) was brought into the limelight when he helped his team Siechem Madurai Panthers win the title, by a nine-wicket streak at an impressive economy of 4.7 in the Tamil Nadu Premier League. Until last year, Varun was merely a fourth division player, and now he is the second highest wicket-taker of the Vijay Hazare Trophy that recently concluded. Varun himself didn’t expect his price to rise so high.

Along with Chakravarthy, Rajasthan Royals also placed the highest bid for Jaydev Unadkat, buying him back for 8.4 crores only after releasing him earlier for being overpriced. Jaydev also started at a base price of 20 lakh.
Sam Curran, an all rounder whose performance was highlighted in his game against India, resulted in a bidding war between Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals. He was finally bought by Kings XI for a price of 7.2 crore, making him the costliest overseas player in this year’s IPL auction.
In addition to some of the surprise signings, the well-established teams overlooked a few names that were supposedly expect to sell big this year, for instance Hazratullah Zazai and Reeza Hendricks went unsold.

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