Chris Lynn was the first pick of the IPL 2020 player auction and he was taken by Mumbai Indians for his base price of Rs 2 crore. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
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Chris Lynn was the first name that was announced in the IPL 2020 player auction. With a base price of Rs 2 crore and after being released by Kolkata Knight Riders, it was felt that Lynn might not get a big deal. However, Mumbai Indians managed to get him for his base price. After his acquisition, Lynn tweeted that he was relieved at one particular thing. "@mipaltan, Great City, Quality Franchise, Flat wicket, Don’t have to play against @Jaspritbumrah93," Lynn tweeted. However, Jasprit Bumrah came up with an epic response when he tweeted, "Haha, welcome to the team! @lynny50 You’re still going to have to face me in the nets." Lynn, along with other Australian players, had a field day in the IPL 2020 player auction.
The Australian contingent had a field day in the IPL 2020 player auction. Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell, in particular, broke the bank and set new benchmarks as records tumbled. Cummins was snapped for Rs 15.5 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders and it set a new record as the most expensive foreign buy in the history of the IPL auction. The Australian pacer's mark broke the previous record of Rs 14.5 crore by England's Ben Stokes when he was bought by Rising Pune Supergiant in the 2017 IPL.
Haha, welcome to the team! @lynny50 You’re still going to have to face me in the nets. ðŸ˜‹— Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) December 19, 2019
Cummins' tally is the second-most by any player in the history of the IPL officially behind Yuvraj Singh's 16 crore by Delhi Daredevils. The stage was set for the Australian dominance right at the onset when Chris Lynn was purchased by Mumbai Indians for his base price of Rs 2 crore. The next major step was Glenn Maxwell and an intense bidding war ensued. In the end, Maxwell created history as he became the first player in the 2020 player auction to cross the mark of Rs 10 crore.
Nathan Coulter-Nile was involved in an intense bidding war between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians but in the end, Mumbai Indians managed to get him for Rs 8 crore. Aaron Finch, the Australia T20 skipper, was also taken by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 4.4 crore. As the auction progressed into the final stages, Australia dominated even there as well. Josh Hazlewood was the newest entrant in the Chennai Super Kings club as he was purchased at his base price of Rs 2 crore. Mitchell Marsh, who is currently nursing a wrist injury, also found a home in IPL 2020 with Sunrisers Hyderabad taking him for his base price of Rs 2 crore.