- Title: Cricket - Cummins becomes IPL's most expensive overseas buy
- Date: 19th December 2019
- Summary: MANCHESTER, ENGLAND, UK (FILE - SEPTEMBER 2, 2019) (REUTERS) AUSTRALIA BOWLER, PAT CUMMINS, BOWLING
- Embargoed: 2nd January 2020 15:30
- Keywords: Aaron Finch Australia Cricket Eoin Morgan India Indian Premier League Pat Cummins
- Location: KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL, INDIA/ MANCHESTER, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, UK
- City: KOLKATA, WEST BENGAL, INDIA/ MANCHESTER, BIRMINGHAM, ENGLAND, UK
- Country: India
- Topics: Cricket,Sport
- Reuters ID: LVA001BAN7N7Z
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: Australia's Pat Cummins became the most expensive overseas buy ever in the Indian Premier League when the Kolkata Knight Riders paid a staggering 155 million rupees ($2.18 million) for the fast bowler in Thursday's (December 19) auction in Kolkata.
The 26-year-old, ranked number one in tests, attracted an intense bidding war between the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and the Delhi Capital before Kolkata joined in to bag his services for the 2020 edition of the tournament.
England all-rounder Ben Stokes was the most expensive overseas buy before Cummins when Pune paid 145 million rupees in 2017 while Yuvraj Singh, the hero of India's 2011 World Cup triumph, got the highest bid for a home-based player of 160 million in 2015 from Delhi.
There was a hefty payday for more Australians on Thursday with all-rounder Glenn Maxwell going to Kings XI Punjab for 107.5 million rupees ($1.51 million) while reigning champions Mumbai paid 80 million rupees for paceman Nathan Coulter-Nile.
Australia's limited-over captain Aaron Finch joined Bangalore for 44 million while his English counterpart and World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan returned to his old side Kolkata for 52.5 million.
South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn and New Zealand opener Martin Guptill were notable names among the players who went unsold.
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