IPL 2020 auction: 5 most expensive overseas signings in the T20 league’s history
One of the most important days in the cricketing calender is nearing. The auction for 2020 Indian Premier League is all set to be held on December 19, in Kolkata for the first time. The excitement level among fans and franchises is rising with each passing day, and preparations are underway for the mega event in full swing.
Each franchise will try to make maximum use of the amount available with them, and walk away with the best bargains. Over the years, the IPL auction has thrown up many surprises with some relatively unknown names from India and abroad walking away with hefty pay cheques. Some such choices have proved to be gold while few others have led franchises to regret their options. This year too a few players are likely to get big bids in the auction.
In this feature, we go back in IPL history and look at the five most expensive overseas players in the T20 league.
#5 AB de Villiers -- ₹11 crore
After initially turning out for Delhi Daredevils for the first few seasons, former South African captain AB de Villiers was purchased by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2011 auction. Since then, he has been the pillar of RCB’s batting attack along with captain Virat Kohli. Not surprisingly, RCB have retained him for a salary of Rs 11 crore ahead of the 2020 auction.
While RCB have struggled as a team overall in the IPL, individually de Villiers has rarely disappointed. In the 2015 edition, he smashed 513 runs in 16 games at a strike rate of 175.08 with a hundred against Mumbai. He did even better in 2016 notching up 687 runs at a strike rate of 168.79. This time, he hit an unbeaten 129 against Gujarat Lions.
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RCB finished last in 2019, but de Villiers tried his best scoring 442 runs in 13 games with five fifties. De Villiers’ ability to play outrageous knocks have made him a big hit in India, IPL or otherwise.