The 2022 IPL auction, which took place last weekend, concluded after two days of intense bidding from the franchises, and the squads for the tournament have been finalized. As expected, the mega auction was full of surprises, with big names going unsold, and fans must have loved the demand for their favourite players.
The ten franchises spent a total of INR 551 crores to acquire the services of all of those players, and they did their best to assemble world-class squads for the tournament’s upcoming edition.
David Warner, who was picked up by the Delhi Capitals for just INR 6.25 crore from the marquee list, was one of the best buys in the IPL 2022 mega auction and was in great form at the T20 World Cup. He can be very explosive at the top. The left-hander could be the best option to pair with Prithvi Shaw at the top of the order, making for one of the most potent opening combinations.
The KKR franchise backed Alex Hales by purchasing him for 1.5 crore rupees. Hales competes in a number of T20 franchise tournaments around the world. Lately, he’s been in scintillating form. This year, he went unsold in the first round of bidding but was later purchased by KKR in the accelerated round for INR 1.5 crores.
Devon Conway landed his first IPL contract this time, with Chennai Super Kings paying him INR 2 crore as his base price. The left-hander has had a strong start to his international career, averaging over 50 in all three formats and proving to be a fantastic batsman for the Kiwis.
Quinton de Kock
During the IPL 2022 auction, the Lucknow Super Giants paid Rs. 6.25 crores for Quinton de Kock. De Kock was highly sought after by the Mumbai Indians, Lucknow Super Giants, and Gujarat Titans. The final battle for the player, however, was won by the Lucknow Super Giants.
On Day 2 of the ongoing IPL 2022 mega auction, Mumbai Indians (MI) bought England fast bowler Jofra Archer for INR 8 crores. The availability of Archer for this season was already in doubt, but that didn’t stop teams from pursuing the talented pacer. Archer’s base price of INR 2 crores was the starting point for bidding.
The Gujarat Titans acquired Jason Roy for his base price of 2 crores, which turned out to be a bargain considering his recent form. Despite having previously played for the Delhi Capitals, Roy does not have much IPL experience, but he is a hard hitter on the international circuit.
Ishan Kishan was the most expensive buy-in IPL 2021, with the Mumbai Indians paying INR 15.25 crore for him, and the franchise has stayed true to its roots. Kishan can bat at the top of the order alongside skipper Rohit Sharma, who has been one of the most destructive batsmen in the powerplay.
Punjab Kings (PBKS) selected Shahrukh Khan in the IPL 2022 auction. The all-rounder was purchased for Rs. 9 crores by the franchise. Before the auction, Khan set a starting price of Rs. 40 lakh. In the previous edition, he was a member of Punjab Kings.
Jason Holder has been in excellent form of late, scoring a hat-trick against England, and is currently one of the best all-rounders in the world. The right-hander can finish games with the bat in the death overs and is also a potent bowling option.
Sunrisers Hyderabad purchased Aiden Markram at the mega auction. He was purchased for Rs 2.6 crores. For the IPL 2022 auction, the South African player had set a base price of Rs. 1 crore for himself. Last season, Makram was a member of the Punjab Kings.