Over the years, we have seen players from across the world cause a bidding war in the IPL auction. With the addition of two new teams this year, the bidding process got longer and much more interesting. Let’s find out who were the 10 players who attracted the most bids in the 2022 IPL auction.
Sai Kishore – Six teams
Six teams – Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings, Punjab Kings, Gujarat Titans and Sunrisers Hyderabad bid for off-spinner Sai Kishore in the auction, before the Titans acquired his services for Rs 3 crore. The orthodox spinner, who was the leading wicket-taker in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2019-20, was with CSK last two seasons, but not in their playing XI.
Deepak Hooda – Six teams
Rajasthan Royals, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Lucknow Super Giants, Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore bid for all-rounder Deepak Hooda, who made his international debut last month. He was eventually bought by Lucknow for Rs 5.75 crore.
Tim David – Five teams
Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Mumbai Indians, Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals got into a bidding war for Singapore international cricketer Tim David, who has become quite a big name in T20 leagues around the world, especially in Australia’s Big Bash League. David was acquired by Mumbai for a whopping Rs 8.25 crore. This will be his first-ever IPL season.
Liam Livingstone – Five teams
Another player to have got bids from five different teams is England’s hard-hitting all-rounder Liam Livingstone. Kolkata Knight Riders, Punjab Kings, Chennai Super Kings Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Titans bid for Liam, before Punjab sealed the deal for Rs 11.5 crore. Livingstone, who loves hitting sixes, has played nine IPL matches since his debut in 2019.
Josh Hazlewood – Five teams
Aussie speedster Josh Hazlewood was another player to cause a bidding war in the auction. Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Lucknow Super Giants, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians showed interest in Hazlewood, before RCB secured his services for Rs 7.75 crore.
Avesh Khan – Five teams
Avesh Khan became the most expensive uncapped player in the auction after being sold to the Lucknow Super Giants for Rs 10 crore. The pacer, who was the second-highest wicket-taker in IPL 2021, was one of the most in-demand players in the auction. Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Capitals and eventual winners Lucknow Super Giants got into an intense bidding war for the 25-year-old.
Shivam Mavi – Five teams
Shivam Mavi, who has been with the Kolkata Knight Riders for the last few years, was re-signed by the two-time champions for Rs. 7.25 crore. The fast bowler has not played too many IPL games, but has impressed one and all with his consistent performances in the domestic circuit. Apart from the Knights, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Gujarat Titans, Lucknow Super Giants and Punjab Kings were the other teams to bid for Mavi.
Krunal Pandya – Five teams
The left-arm spinner who can also win matches with his batting was bought by Lucknow Super Giants for Rs 8.25 crore. The other teams that bid for him were Punjab Kings, Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Gujarat Titans. Krunal, who formerly played for Mumbai Indians, has 51 wickets in 84 IPL games along with a batting average and strike rate of 22.86 and 138.54.
Rahul Chahar – Five teams
Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings faced off against each other to acquire Rahul Chahar, who was eventually sold to the Kings for Rs 5.25 crore. The right-arm spinner, who previously played for Mumbai, has 43 wickets in 42 games on his IPL resume.
Romario Shepherd – Five teams
A big hitting batsman who also knows how to nail the yorkers, West Indies’ Romario Shepherd was signed by the Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 7.75 crore. Mumbai Indians, Lucknow Super Giants, Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings bid for the all-rounder before he was finally sold to the 2016 champions