IPL Moneyball 2020 countdown: ₹ 472.35 cr already spent on 127 players

With the onset, the Indian Premier League team owner will yet again be on active mode to give final shape to their…

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With the onset, the Indian Premier League team owner will yet again be on active mode to give final shape to their respective squads. The next two weeks are going to be really hectic for the franchisee think tanks as they will be busy with various combinations and permutations to finalise their strategy for the player auction, slated for December 19 in Kolkata.

Defending champions Mumbai and Chennai Super Kings, the other finalists from the previous season, will be the two most sorted out franchisees going to the auction table, having already got their core team in place, while Royal Challengers Bangalore will have their task cut even as the best and most precious IPL talent Virat Kohli is on their ranks.

With 17 days to go for the IPL 2020 auction, Insidesport.co brings to its readers how the eight teams are positioned.


The second most decorated IPL team, with three titles from 10 seasons, Chennai Super Kings have backed the experience over young legs for the shortest format of the game which otherwise demands youthful energy.

The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led squad will go into the next season with at least their 20 players from the previous season, including the veterans like Harbhajan Singh, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo, Ambati Rayudu, Imran Tahir and Shane Watson, who all are on the other side of their 30s.

Skipper Dhoni with ₹ 15 crore package is the most expensive player in the side.

Player Status Price (₹ cr)
Ambati Rayudu Retained 2.20
Asif K M Retained 0.40
Deepak Chahar Retained 0.80
Dwayne Bravo (o/s) Retained 6.40
Faf du Plessis (o/s) Retained 1.60
Harbhajan Singh Retained 2.00
Imran Tahir (o/s) Retained 1.00
Jagadeesan Narayan Retained 0.20
Karn Sharma Retained 5.00
Kedar Jadhav Retained 7.80
Lungisani Ngidi (o/s) Retained 0.50
Mitchell Santner (o/s) Retained 0.50
Monu Singh Retained 0.20
M S Dhoni Retained 15.00
Murali Vijay Retained 2.00
Ravindra Jadeja Retained 7.00
Ruturaj Gaikwad Retained 0.20
Shane Watson (o/s) Retained 4.00
Shardul Thakur Retained 2.60
Suresh Raina Retained 11.00



One of the most active franchisees during the IPL pre-auction trading window, the GMR-JSW co-owned IPL team still has a lot left for December 19. In Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane Delhi Capitals have got two additional options to lead the squad, which last year was captained by Shreyas Iyer.

Wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant with ₹ 15 crore is the most expensive player in the side. However, his form with the bat will be a concern for the side, that will have one of the three most active tables during the player auction.

Player Status Price (₹ cr)
Ajinkya Rahane Traded 5.25
Amit Mishra Retained 4.00
Avesh Khan Retained 0.70
Axar Patel Retained 5.00
Harshal Patel Retained 0.20
Ishant Sharma Retained 1.10
Kagiso Rabada(o/s) Retained 4.20
Keemo Paul(o/s) Retained 0.50
Prithvi Shaw Retained 1.20
Ravichandran Ashwin Traded 7.60
Rishabh Pant Retained 15.00
Sandeep Lamichhane(o/s) Retained 0.20
Shikhar Dhawan Retained 5.20
Shreyas Iyer Retained 7.00


After yet another year of struggle on the field, the Mohali-based IPL franchisee management is going to have yet another active auction day. The team, hoping to change its dwindling fortunes, has got Indian cricket’s one of the most astute brains in Anil Kumble.

The team at its disposal will have more than 50% of the allotted ₹ 85 crore player purse to spend at the auction, where the think tank will have a number of concerns to address.

Player Status Price (₹ cr)
Arshdeep Singh Retained 0.20
Chris Gayle(o/s) Retained 2.00
Darshan Nalkande Retained 0.30
Krishnappa Gowtham Traded 6.20
Hardus Viljoen(o/s) Retained 0.75
Harpreet Brar Retained 0.20
Jagadeesha Suchith Traded 0.20
Karun Nair Retained 5.60
KL Rahul Retained 11.00
Mandeep Singh Retained 1.40
Mayank Agarwal Retained 1.00
Mohammad Shami Retained 4.80
Mujeeb Zadran(o/s) Retained 4.00
Murugan Ashwin Retained 0.20
Nicholas Pooran(o/s) Retained 4.20
Sarfaraz Khan Retained 0.25



The Knights managements has exhibited no emotions in releasing and trading many of their seasoned pros. With over ₹ 35 crore in the kitty and a mere 14 names on its players’ roster, KKR will be one of the most active franchisees during the auction.

Presence of the likes Andre Russel, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill and Kuldeep Yadav addresses many concerns, but team will have to be wise in bidding.

Player Status Price (₹ cr)
Andre Russel(o/s) Retained 8.50
Dinesh Karthik Retained 7.40
Harry Gurney(o/s) Retained 0.75
Kamlesh Nagarkoti Retained 3.20
Kuldeep Yadav Retained 5.80
Lockie Ferguson(o/s) Retained 1.60
Nitish Rana Retained 3.40
Prasidh Krishna Retained 0.20
Rinku Singh Retained 0.80
Sandeep Warrier Retained 0.20
Shivam Mavi Retained 3.00
Shubman Gill Retained 1.80
Siddhesh Lad Traded 0.20
Sunil Narine (o/s) Retained 12.50



Mumbai Indians just like Chennai Super Kings almost have the talent on their roaster what they will be needing for the season ahead. With 18 players on the roaster and ₹ 13.05 in the purse, the Reliance Industries-owned will be aiming for several good opportunities rather than hard bargains or aggressive bids. 

Player Status Price (₹ cr)
Aditya Tare Retained 0.20
Anmolpreet Singh Retained 0.80
Anukul Roy Retained 0.20
Dhawal Kulkarni Traded 0.75
Hardik Pandya Retained 11.00
Ishan Kishan Retained 6.20
Jasprit Bumrah Retained 7.00
Jayant Yadav Retained 0.50
Kieron Pollard(o/s) Retained 5.40
Krunal Pandya Retained 8.80
Lasith Malinga(o/s) Retained 2.00
Mitchell McCleneghan(o/s) Retained 1.00
Quinton de Kock(o/s) Retained 2.80
Rahul Chahar Retained 1.90
Rohit Sharma Retained 15.00
Sherfane Rutherford(o/s) Traded 2.00
Surya Kumar Yadav Retained 3.20
Trent Boult(o/s) Traded 3.20



The team from the Pink City, which has played the 2019 IPL season in the pink flannels, will have been among the active buyers on December 19 in the auction hall. They will primarily be targeting the domestic talent. As far as overseas retentions are concerned, Rajasthan Royals have among the best IPL talent in their ranks with Steve Smith, Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes.

 On the domestic front, as of now Sanju Samson remains the biggest name in their current 14-player list.


Player Status Price (₹ cr)
Ankit Singh Rajpoot Traded 3.00
Ben Stokes(o/s) Retained 12.50
Jofra Archer(o/s) Retained 7.20
Jos Butler(o/s) Retained 4.40
Mahipal Lomror Retained 0.20
Manan Vohra Retained 0.20
Mayank Markande Traded 2.00
Rahul Tewatia Traded 3.00
Riyan Parag Retained 0.20
Sanju Samson Retained 8.00
Shashank Singh Retained 0.30
Shreyas Gopal Retained 0.20
Steve Smith(o/s) Retained 12.50
Varun Aaron Retained 2.40



The presence of skipper Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers,  Umesh Yadav, Shivam Dube, Yuzvendra Chahal, Moeen Ali makes RCB a formidable line-up on paper. The results on the field in spite of all this talent had left a lot to be desired last season.

The Bengaluru-based IPL team will be going to the auction with the minimum 13 players in its ranks. They will be looking to buy a lot for just ₹ 27.90 crore. Kohli, the most expensive player on the IPL Moneyball ever, and De Villiers account for almost 33% of the team’s player purse.


Player Status Price (₹ cr)
AB de Villiers (o/s) Retained 11.00
Devdutt Padikkal Retained 0.20
Gurkeerat Singh Retained 0.50
Moeen Ali (o/s) Retained 1.70
Mohammed Siraj Retained 2.60
Navdeep Saini Retained 3.00
Parthiv Patel Retained 1.70
Pawan Negi Retained 1.00
Shivam Dube Retained 5.00
Umesh Yadav Retained 4.20
Virat Kohli Retained 17.00
Washington Sundar Retained 3.20
Yuzvendra Chahal Retained 6.00



 With 17 players on the roaster and ₹ 17 crore in the purse, Sunrisers Hyderabad can afford aggressive bidding for the targeted few. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, David Warner and Jonny Bairstow give the Hyderabad IPL franchisee think tank some of the strongest overseas options. The team will be gunning for some of the best Indian talent left in the auction pool.

Player Status Price (₹ cr)
Abhishek Sharma Retained 0.55
Basil Thampi Retained 0.95
Bhuvneshwar Kumar Retained 8.50
Billy Stanlake o/s Retained 0.50
David Warner o/s Retained 12.50
Jonny Bairstow o/s Retained 2.20
Kane Williamson o/s Retained 3.00
Manish Pandey Retained 11.00
Mohammad Nabi o/s Retained 1.00
Rashid Khan o/s Retained 9.00
Sandeep Sharma Retained 3.00
Shahbaz Nadeem Retained 3.20
Shreevats Goswami Retained 1.00
Siddarth Kaul Retained 3.80
Syed Khaleel Ahmed Retained 3.00
T Natarajan Retained 0.40
Vijay Shankar Retained 3.20
Wriddhiman Saha Retained 1.20


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