The IPL 2023 Auctions were an interesting affair, with most teams splurging massive cash on all-rounders. Multiple records broke at the event. Auction dynamics do not always allow teams to attain all their targets. Hence, they must build with what they have. On that note, here, we rate the performance of each franchise at the IPL 2023 Auctions, which ended on December 23rd in Kochi.
Chennai Super Kings – 6.5/10
Chennai Super Kings surprised all by spending the majority of their purse on Ben Stokes. In him, the team got a match-winner. But, they do not have a bowler on whom they can rely at the death. This will be their main concern.
Recruits at the auctions: Ajinkya Rahane (INR 50 lakh), Ben Stokes (INR 16.25 crore), Shaik Rasheed (INR 20 lakh), Nishant Sindhu (INR 60 lakh), Kyle Jamieson (INR 1 crore), Ajay Mandal (INR 20 lakh), Bhagath Varma (INR 20 lakh)
Delhi Capitals – 4/10
Delhi Capitals overspent on Mukesh Kumar and hired names such as Manish Pandey who may not fit the squad. Only Rilee Rossouw was the acquisition that made sense for the franchise.
Recruits at the auctions: Ishant Sharma (INR 50 lakh), Phil Salt (INR 2 crore), Mukesh Kumar (INR 5.5 crore), Manish Pandey (INR 2.4 crore), Rilee Rossouw (INR 4.60 crore).
Kolkata Knight Riders – 6/10
KKR did not have much money and hence, could not do much. Nevertheless, with the signings of N Jagadeesan and David Wiese, they were actually pretty decent.
Recruits at the auctions: N. Jagadeesan (INR 90 lakh), Vaibhav Arora (INR 60 lakh), Suyash Sharma (INR 20 lakh), David Wiese (INR 1 crore), Kulwant Khejroliya (INR 20 lakh), Litton Das (INR 50 lakh), Mandeep Singh (INR 50 lakh), Shakib Al Hasan (INR 1.50 crore)
Punjab Kings – 5/10
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Yes, they broke the bank for Sam Curran but after Curran, PBKS’ next big hiring was that of Sikandar Raza at INR 50 Lakh. The team needed a top-order Indian batter to operate at No.3 and someone like KS Bharat or Manish Pandey would have been apt.
Recruits at the auctions: Sam Curran (INR 18.50 crore), Sikandar Raza (INR 50 lakh), Harpreet Bhatia (INR 40 lakh), Vidwath Kaverappa (INR 20 lakh), Mohit Rathee (INR 20 lakh), Shivam Singh (INR 20 lakh)
Gujarat Titans – 8/10
The Titans made some solid acquisitions at base price. They also purchased Joshua Little, who could turn out to be a top player at the event next year.
Recruits at the auctions: Kane Williamson (INR 2 crore), Odean Smith (INR 50 lakh), KS Bharat (INR 1.2 crore), Shivam Mavi (INR 6 crore), Urvil Patel (INR 20 lakh), Joshua Little (INR 4.4 crore), Mohit Sharma (INR 50 lakh)
Lucknow Super Giants – 5.5/10
LSG might have overspent on Pooran but the West Indian fits the squad. The team also hired a lot of backups, most of them at their base price.
Recruits at the auctions: Nicholas Pooran (INR 16 crore), Jaydev Unadkat (INR 50 lakh) Yash Thakur (INR 45 lakh), Romario Shepherd (INR 50 lakh), Daniel Sams (INR 75 lakh), Amit Mishra (INR 50 lakh), Prerak Mankad (INR 20 lakh), Swapnil Singh (INR 20 lakh), Naveen-ul-Haq (INR 50 lakh), Yudhvir Charak (INR 20 lakh)
Mumbai Indians – 5.5/10
MI needed some quality Indian pacers but they were not able to find them. However, in Cameron Green, they have got a fine investment for the future. We can expect them to use the ‘Impact Player’ rule to the fullest.
Recruits at the auctions: Cameron Green (INR 17.5 crore), Jhye Richardson (INR 1.5 crore), Piyush Chawla (INR 50 lakh), Duan Jansen (INR 20 lakh), Vishnu Vinod (INR 20 lakh), Shams Mulani (INR 20 lakh), Mehal Wadhera (INR 20 lakh), Raghav Goyal (INR 20 lakh)
Royal Challengers Bangalore – 6.5/10
RCB did not have much to do at the auctions. They largely went after unknown names at the auction. They could have kept an eye on the future but it did not happen at the event.
Recruits at the auctions: Reece Topley (INR 1.9 crore), Himanshu Sharma (INR 20 lakh), Will Jacks (INR 3.2 crore), Manoj Bhandage (INR 20 lakh), Rajan Kumar (INR 70 lakh), Avinash Singh (INR 60 lakh)
Rajasthan Royals – 7/10
RR majorly needed an all-rounder to render balance to the squad. They have now got that with Jason Holder. They have further strengthened their spin attack but a few more Indian batters might have been more useful for the franchise.
Recruits at the auctions: Jason Holder (INR 5.75 crore), Donovan Ferreira (INR 50 lakh), Kunal Rathore (INR 20 lakh), Adam Zampa (INR 1.5 crore), KM Asif (INR 30 lakh), Murugan Ashwin (INR 20 lakh), Abdul PA (INR 20 lakh), Akash Vashisht (INR 20 lakh), Joe Root (INR 2 crore)
Sunrisers Hyderabad – 7.5/10
Although SRH overspent on Harry Brook, they made amends by making some smart signings like Akeal Hosein and Sanvir Singh. If the overseas middle order can step up, the franchise shall have a good outing next season in IPL 2023.
Recruits at the auctions: Harry Brook (INR 13.25 crore), Mayank Agarwal (INR 8.25 crore), Heinrich Klaasen (INR 5.25 crore), Adil Rashid (INR 2 crore), Mayank Markande (INR 50 lakh), Vivrant Sharma (INR 2.6 crore), Samarth Vyas (INR 20 lakh), Sanvir Singh (INR 20 lakh), Upendra Yadav (INR 25 lakh), Mayank Dagar (INR 1.8 crore), Nitish Kumar Reddy (INR 20 lakh), Akeal Hosein (INR 1 crore), Anmolpreet Singh (INR 20 lakh)