IPL 2019 squads Auction buys, Retention and transfers

IPL 2019 squads Auction buys, Retention and transfers

It seems like CSK and MI need to work a little more at the auction because the latter relied more this time on older players in shape of Yuvraj Singh and Lasith Malinga


Chennai Super Kings

Squad strength: 25

Players bought in auction: 2

Purse at the end of the auction: INR. 3.2 Crore

CSK doest seem to be much bothered as they are retaining most of their player. The have a little less role in the auction but they have added some value by bringing in Indian pace attacker,  Mohit Sharma who had been very handy during his national duties.

R Gaikwad*R JadejaMitchell SantnerMohit Sharma*
MS Dhoni (wk)David WilleyImran TahirLungi Ngidi
Suresh RainaDwayne BravoHarbhajan SinghDeepak Chahar
Faf du PlessisShane WatsonKarn SharmaKM Asif
M VijayKedar JadhavShardul Thakur
Sam Billings (wk)C BishnoiMonu Kumar
Ambati Rayudu
Dhruv Shorey
N Jagadeesan (wk)


Delhi Capitals

Squad strength: 25

Players bought in auction: 10

Purse at the end of the auction: INR. 7.7 Crore

They retained 14 players and acquired Shikhar Dhawan during transfer window, Delhi’s auction mainly featured filling the gaps. Delhi let go of overseas players like Glenn Maxwell, Jason Roy and Liam Plunkett, and to fill their roles, they brought in solid players like Keemo Paul, Sherfane Rutherford and Colin Ingram. It will be a good blend with the Indian youngsters.

Ishant Sharma’s will provide an experienced hand to the pace department, that already has domestic talent like Nathu Singh and Bandaru Ayyappa along with one of the great overseas player Kagiso Rabada along with Trent Boult. It looks like a balanced dugout overall that should hold Delhi in good stead to set their poor record in the IPL straight.

A Bains (wk)*Jalaj Saxena*Amit MishraB Ayyappa*
Hanuma Vihari*Keemo Paul*Rahul TewatiaNathu Singh*
Shreyas IyerS Rutherford*Jayant YadavIshant Sharma*
Shikhar DhawanColin Ingram*S LamichhaneAvesh Khan
Rishabh Pant (wk)Axar Patel*Kagiso Rabada
Prithvi ShawHarshal PatelTrent Boult
Colin MunroManjot Kalra
Chris Morris

Kings XI Punjab

Squad strength: 23

Players bought in the auction: 13

Purse at the end of the auction: INR. 3.7 Crore

Kings XI Punjab had always relied on their top order with KL Rahul but they got exposed because of their shortcomings in the middle order. This lead to their elimination from playoffs. Therefore, they have tried to address this issue by refurbishing their squad. They ended up retaining 10 players and leaving many players like Yuvraj Singh, Manoj Tiwary, Axar Patel and Mohit Sharma.

Having secured Mandeep Singh via a transfer, KXIP tried to get hold of finishing options – Moises Henriques and Sam Curran being a couple of them. In Nicholas Pooran, they have a pocket rocket that explodes bigtime, they also got a ‘keeping option and by getting Varun Chakaravarthy. Somehow they managed for an extra mystery option to complement Mujeeb. Hardus Vilojen and Mohammed Shami bring their experience to the pace department.



Simran Singh (wk)*Harpreet Brar*M Ashwin*Arshdeep Singh*
Sarfaraz Khan*Agnivesh Ayachi*MujeebHardus Vilojen*
N Pooran (wk)*D Nalkande*R AshwinMohammed Shami*
Lokesh Rahul (wk)Sam Curran*Andrew Tye
Chris GayleV Chakaravarthy*Ankit Rajpoot
Mayank AgarwalMoises Henriques*
Karun Nair
David Miller
Mandeep Singh


Kolkata Knight Riders

Squad strength: 21

Players bought in auction: 8

Purse at the end of the auction: INR. 6.05 Crore

Kolkata Knight Riders had some work to do going into auction. They had to fill in a lot of gaps as they had one disappointing outing in the last year’s auction. This time too they made som really surprising bargains like many earlier auctions. Their strategy team always come up with such surprises that pay off later. While Shrikant Mundhe and Nikhil Naik were absolute surprising picks, they somehow managed good foreign picks – a department that needed attention – in Lockie Ferguson, Anrich Nortje and Joe Denly. Going with outright quicks can also be an indication of how they are planning for the upcoming season.

They had their picks easy and cheap but when it came to Carlos Brathwaite, they had to make some hassle. Almost INR. 5 Crore was paid for the Windies all-rounder however it is yet to be discovered if he could find a place in final XI. KKR strengthened their pace and all-round department but they probably missed a batsman, going home with saving more than INR 6 Crore.

Joe Denly*S Mundhe*Piyush ChawlaPrithvi Raj Yarra*
Nikhil Naik (wk)*C Brathwaite*Kuldeep YadavHarry Gurney*
Dinesh Karthik (wk)Andre RussellAnrich Nortje*
Robin Uthappa (wk)Sunil NarineLockie Ferguson*
Chris LynnNitish RanaPrasidh Krishna
Shubman GillShivam Mavi
Rinku SinghKamlesh Nagarkoti


Mumbai Indians

Squad strength: 24

Players bought in auction: 6

Purse at the end of the auction: INR. 3.55 Crore

Retaining the core team, Mumbai Indians had little work to do at the auction. Making the biggest investments in the old warhorses – Lasith Malinga and Yuvraj Singh. While the Sri Lankan slinger slots in directly as the death bowling specialist for Mustafizur Rahman, who was released, Yuvraj may struggle finding a place in the starting XI.

Almost all buys, barring Barinder Sran, were young players – the resilient of them being Punjab’s Anmolpreet Singh. Same happened in the past too with MI, when majority of their newcomers couldn’t fit into the XI but Anmolpreet and Sran are good additions as backups. The squad didn’t need much, and as such there will be no reason for them to feel disappointed.


Yuvraj Singh*P Jaswal*M MarkandeRasikh Dar*
Anmolpreet Singh*Hardik PandyaRahul ChaharBarinder Sran*
Rohit SharmaKrunal PandyaLasith Malinga*
Ishan Kishan (wk)Anukul RoyJasprit Bumrah
Suryakumar YadavKieron PollardM McClenaghan
Siddhesh LadBen CuttingAdam Milne
Aditya Tare (wk)Jason Behrendorff
Evin Lewis
Q de Kock (wk)


Rajasthan Royals

Squad Strength: 25

Players bought in auction: 9

Purse at the end of the auction: INR. 7.15 Crore

This time again Jaydev Unadkat made it to the limelight with biggest buy in the auction for Rajasthan Royals to bag him for INR. 8.4 Crore which happens to be INR. 3.1 Crore lesser than last time. Their main agenda continues to be pace this time too as they got Oshane Thomas and Varun Aaron for a total of INR. 3.5 Crore.

This make a very good pace attack with a spin talent in the team but some other gaps were not filled this time too. Having Steve Smith, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes and maybe Jofra Archer available for only a part of the 2019 season, the lack of powerful back-up options might be hurtful for the Royals. They will mainly depend on Ashton Turner and Liam Livingstone to come good in the time of need.


Manan Vohra*Riyan Parag*Ish SodhiOshane Thomas*
Ajinkya RahaneAshton Turner*M LomrorVarun Aaron*
Sanju Samson (wk)S Ranjane*Jaydev Unadkat*
Aryaman BirlaL Livingstone*Dhawal Kulkarni
Prashant ChopraShashank Singh*S. Midhun
Rahul TripathiK Gowtham
Steven SmithShreyas Gopal
Jos Buttler (wk)Stuart Binny
Ben Stokes
Jofra Archer


Royal Challengers Bangalore

Squad Strength: 24

Players bought in the auction: 9

Purse at the end of the auction: INR. 1.8 Crore

RCB went for the flavor of the season the way they do every time by managing Shimron Hetmyer and big-hitting all-rounder Shivam Dube at a total cost of of INR. 9.2 crore. They have to make arrangements for the their team in future without Kholi and De Villiers so this is their answer to that.

With remaining INR. 9 Crore in their bag, RCB went back into the action to make some valuable bids. One of these moves gave them Heinrich Klaasen, the South African keeper-batsman at his price of INR. 50L – that is significantly down from the INR. 2.8 Crore they last time paid for Quinton de Kock.

RCB has spent much of the auction picking up for future – teenaged leggie Prayas Barman (INR. 1.5crore), Karnataka opener Devdutt Padikkal (20L), Delhi batsman Himmat Singh (65L) and Akshdeep Nath at a oddly high INR 3.6 crore. they have made no serious attempt to cater their death bowling issues. Nathan Coulter-Nile, missing last season with a stress injury,will only play a bit-part rule if he’s called up for national team duties for the Pakistan series. Therefore, leaving Tim Southee, Mohammed Siraj and Umesh Yadav to stand for the occasion this time too for the Chinnaswamy once.


Himmat Singh*A Nath*Y ChahalN Coulter-Nile
H Klaasen (wk)*P Barman*Mohammed Siraj
D Padikkal*Milind Kumar*Tim Southee
Shimron Hetmyer*Shivam Dube*Umesh Yadav
Virat KohliGurkeerat Singh*Navdeep Saini
AB de VilliersW SundarKulwant Khejroliya
Parthiv Patel (wk)Pawan Negi
Moeen Ali
C de Grandhomme
Marcus Stoinis



Sunrisers Hyderabad

Squad strength: 23

Players bought in auction: 3

Purse at the end of the auction: INR. 5.30 Crore

Sunrisers Hyderabad continued their prudent ways at the player auctions, picking up just three players to complete their squad. Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha, who fetched a winning bid of INR. 5 crore in last year’s auction, went for just INR 1.20 crore this time around. SRH also added a foreign wicketkeeping option in Jonny Bairstow. The two can share wicketkeeping and top-order duties over the season as Bairstow is expected to be unavailable for the second half. Shreevats Goswami is the other option.

Sunrisers Hyderabad continued to go with their practical approach this time too with the player auctions. They picked up only three players to for completion of their squad. Wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha, took a winning bid of INR. 5 crore in last year’s auction, went for just INR 1.20 crore. SRH also added a foreign wicketkeeping option in Jonny Bairstow. The two will be shariing wicketkeeping and top-order duties during this season. Bairstow won’t be available in the second half. Shreevats Goswami can be another option.

As David Warner and Bairstow have to leave midway so SRH had to come around with an able backup for the top order. They went aggressively for the likes of Shimron Hetmyer – their highest bid INR. 3.80 crore; winning bid INR. 4.20 crore – and Colin Ingram – their highest bid – INR. 6.20 crore; winning bid – INR. 6.40 crore. Once they couldn’t get hold of both they happily settled for Martin Guptill, they lunged for the New Zealand opener – getting him for his base price of INR. 1 crore.

They showed trust in the Indian Middle order through retention and didn’t have any other aspect to address during auctions. SRH brought back all-rounder Vijay Shankar in player swap deal. It also helped them as they have someone to complement their spin department, with Shahbaz Nadeem’s left-arm spin to complement leggie Rashid Khan, left-armer Shakib Al Hasan and offie Mohammad Nabi,

Martin Guptill*Yusuf PathanRashid KhanBhuvneshwar Kumar
W Saha (wk)*Shakib Al HasanS NadeemSandeep Sharma
J Bairstow (wk)*Mohammad NabiT Natarajan
Kane WilliamsonAbhishek SharmaSiddarth Kaul
David WarnerVijay ShankarKhaleel Ahmed
Manish PandeyBilly Stanlake
Deepak HoodaBasil Thampi
Ricky Bhui
S Goswami (wk)

(Note: * denotes players bought in auction)

Updated: March 10, 2019 — 2:16 pm