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Bidding wars at the IPL: Which team bid the most/least successfully? Which player attracted the most attention?

Also, which Indian domestic team produced the biggest earners? An analysis of all the bids made at the IPL 2022 auction

Auction paraphernalia: all set for IPL 2022 auction day in Bengaluru, February 12, 2022

Auction paraphernalia set up for the IPL 2022 auction in Bengaluru  •  BCCI

The most frequent paddle-raisers
Chennai Super Kings were the most active team at the auction - bidding for 50 players - although they bought only 21. Delhi Capitals are second on this list, with at least one bid for 49 players. Royal Challengers Bangalore bid for the least number of players: 35 - and they bought 19 of them. Kolkata Knight Riders were the most effective franchise at the auction table, with a success rate of 55.26% - having bought 21 players of the 37 for whom they made bids.
Sunrisers often fall just short
Sunrisers Hyderabad entered the auction with the second-highest purse of INR 68 crore. Their moves at the auction table reflected this as they came close to buying most of the players who earned high bids. But they couldn't clinch many of these deals, ending up as the losing bidder for 17 players - the most for any team - out of 30.
In terms of success percentage as one of the final two bidders, only Rajasthan Royals had lower success than Sunrisers - 10 winning bids versus 14 runners-up bids. Royal Challengers had the best success rate, buying 11 out of 18 players for whom they were one of the last two bidders.
The most popular players
Fast bowler Avesh Khan, the first uncapped player to touch the INR 10-crore mark in the history of IPL auctions, received the most number of bids this time around. Five teams were in contention to buy him. He started with a base price of INR 20 lakh, and, many minutes later, it was Lucknow Super Giants who made the 62nd and final bid to secure his services.
The most expensive player of the auction, Ishan Kishan, had 55 bids from four different franchises.
The most franchises involved in bidding for one player was six. This happened on three occasions, for Deepak Hooda, R Sai Kishore and Tim David. Nine players attracted bids from five different franchises at this auction.
Striking at base price
Ninety-one players were snapped up at their base price. The team that secured the most players at base price was Knight Riders - they made 13 such buys. The fewest such buys was seven each by Sunrisers, Capitals and Gujarat Titans.
The mean multiplier of base price of the players (that is, the average number of times over base price a team went to secure their players) bought by Knight Riders at this auction was 2.78, only more than Super Kings' 2.33. The highest was Sunrisers' 6.27 - they bought three players at least 20 times their base price.
Domestic T20 champions earn the most
Tamil Nadu won the previous two editions of India's domestic T20 tournament, the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, and fell a run short of the title the year before that. Their consistency in the T20 format translated into their players earning hefty prices at the IPL auction. INR 39.55 crore was spent on 13 players from Tamil Nadu, the biggest amount spent on players from any Indian domestic team.
Eight of these players - including three uncapped ones - touched bids of INR 1 crore. Big-hitting, middle-order batter, Shahrukh Khan, got 55 bids, while left-arm spinner Sai Kishore got bids from six different teams.
Thirteen players each were also picked from Karnataka and Delhi, the joint-most among the state teams.

Sampath Bandarupalli is a statistician at ESPNcricinfo