When India won the Under-19 World Cup in 2018 by defeating Australia, the demand for the players of the World Cup winning squad were in big demand. Prithvi Shaw, the captain of the India side that won the title, was taken by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 1.2 crore from his base price of Rs 20 lakh. Shubman Gill, who was one of the stars of the tournament, went for Rs 1.8 crore to Kolkata Knight Riders. Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti, the pacers who made a huge difference in the fortunes of the side, went to Kolkata Knight Riders for went for Rs 3 crore and Rs 3.2 crore respectively.
The trend for rewarding Under-19 players continued during the IPL 2020 player auction at the ITC Royal Bengal on Thursday. Yashasvi Jaiswal, who created history by becoming the youngest List A double centurion, was taken by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 2.4 crore. Priyam Garg, the Under-19 world cup skipper was taken for Rs 1.9 crore. Ravi Bishnoi, the legspinner who has been touted as the next big spinner in Indian domestic cricket, was taken for Rs 2 crore by Kings XI Punjab.
With 343 runs in ten innings at an average of 57.16 and strike rate of 142.32 at the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy last month, Virat Singh went to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 1.9 crore while Kartik Tyagi, who will lead the Indian pacer attack in South Africa was taken by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 1.3 crore.
Before the 2018 and 2020 Under-19 World Cup, Rishabh Pant, who was part of the Under-19 World Cup in 2016 was taken by Delhi Daredevils for Rs 1.9 crore. Pat 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.
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.
For the Indian players, it was a mixed day at the auction with many Indian domestic players not finding a franchise. R Sai Kishore, who was considered a worthy talent, was only taken in the accelerated auction by Chennai Super Kings for Rs 20 lakh. However, the one who stole the show was Piyush Chawla. Having played for a fair amount of time at Kolkata Knight Riders, Chawla was released and he headed into the auction with a base price of Rs 1.5 crore. Chawla was taken by Chennai Super Kings for Rs 6.75 crore.