The much-anticipated mega-auction for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 concluded on Sunday, as ten franchises competed for two days to assemble the greatest team possible. A total of 204 cricketers, including 67 foreign players, were sold out of 600 players during the process.
While some well-known individuals failed to attract any interested parties, a few players sparked a bidding battle between several franchises. Notably, in the cash-rich competition, teams have traditionally flocked to foreign stars rather than Indian cricketers.
The teams, on the other hand, were hunting for homegrown potential rather than international superstars this time around. The list of players who were the top buyers in the two-day bidding event was provided by the IPL’s official Twitter handle. Only four of the 11 players who broke the INR 10 crore barrier were from outside India, with the other seven being Indian superstars.
Ishan Kishan, India’s wicketkeeper-batter, was the most expensive purchase at the IPL 2022 mega auction, with the Mumbai Indians (MI) paying INR 15.25 crore to secure him. After legendary Yuvraj Singh, who was bought for INR 16 crore by Delhi Capitals in 2015, Ishan became the second most expensive Indian player at an auction.
Here are the top buys in IPL 2022 auction:
- Ishan Kishan (Mumbai Indians) – INR 15.25 crore
- Deepak Chahar (Chennai Super Kings) – INR 14 crore
- Shreyas Iyer (Kolkata Knight Riders) – INR 12.25 crore
- Liam Livingstone (Punjab Kings) – INR 11.50 crore
- Shardul Thakur (Delhi Capitals) – INR 10.75 crore
- Wanindu Hasaranga (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – INR 10.75 crore
- Harshal Patel (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – INR 10.75 crore
- Nicholas Pooran (Sunrisers Hyderabad) – INR 10.75 crore
- Lockie Ferguson (Gujarat Titans) – INR 10 crore
- Prasidh Krishna (Rajasthan Royals) – INR 10 crore
- Avesh Khan (Lucknow Super Giants) – INR 10 crore
The Lucknow Super Giants were incredibly well-balanced, bidding on multi-utility players early in the auction and getting several from the top drawer. Lucknow, in addition to its three draft, picks – KL Rahul, Ravi Bishnoi, and Marcus Stoinis – had a number of concerns resolved out from the start, which helped them stay calm as the auction progressed.
Late bids for Dushmantha Chameera and Evin Lewis provided them with two strong overseas backup players. They pushed the boundaries to beat Mumbai Indians at securing Avesh Khan, a huge win considering their pace attack. The pace attack will still rely on Mark Wood remaining fit or Chameera filling in for him, but it was a good auction for Lucknow ahead of their inaugural season.
Much was expected of Gujarat Titans given their draft picks – a top-tier trio of Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill, and Rashid Khan – but they lacked clear planning, as evidenced by the fact that they had no wicketkeepers until the final hour of the auction and then frantically bid on two of the first names that came up in the accelerated auction.
The middle-order is thin on firepower, with a lot depending on David Miller and Hardik Pandya, who haven’t been at their best recently. Mohammed Shami, Lockie Ferguson, and Alzarri Joseph, in particular, stand out in the bowling attack, with Mohammed Shami, Lockie Ferguson, and Alzarri Joseph possibly forming a fearsome trio.