The IPL 2020 Auction at the ITC Royal in Kolkata saw some furious bidding for players between the eight franchises. Kolkata Knight Riders made the big purchase of Pat Cummins by purchasing him for Rs 15.5 crore, making him the highest foreign player in the history of the tournament. While Kolkata Knight Riders stole the show with their big purchases, there was one individual who was quietly stealing the show at the Sunrisers Hyderabad auction table. She was a young girl but was seated along with Brad Haddin, Trevor Bayliss, VVS Laxman and Muttiah Muralitharan. Soon, social media were abuzz with who was that girl. Lots of people on Twitter and Facebook kept asking the identity of the girl.
However, it was revealed that she is a powerful force in the media circles and plays a major role in the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise. The girl who was present at the auction table for Sunrisers Hyderabad is none other than Kaviya Maran, the daughter of Kalanithi Maran who is an Indian media baron and the chairman and founder of the Sun Group. She is the granddaughter of Murasoli Maran, a former union minister who belonged to the Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam party (DMK).
Born in 1992, Kaviya is a B.Com graduate from Stella Maris College, Chennai. After a couple of years working with the Sun Group, she joined for MBA in Leonard N Stern School of Business, New York University. After completing the course, she returned to India and took responsibility to run the operations of Sun TV Group's Indian Premier League (IPL) team Sun Risers Hyderabad. In March 2019, the Board of Directors of the Sun Group approved the appointment of Kaviya as an additional director and executive director of the company.
Sunrisers Hyderabad made very limited purchases but they capitalised on Under-19 talent. Virat Singh and Priyam Garg were the major buys with Rs 1.9 crore while the biggest buy was Mitchell Marsh for Rs 2 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.