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IPL auction 2023: How the 10 teams stack up

Who got what they wanted? Who missed out? A look at how the franchises fared at a historic IPL auction

Sunrisers Hyderabad

By Alagappan Muthu
Squad strength: 25 players (overseas 8)
Players bought: Harry Brook (US$ 1.6 million), Mayank Agarwal (US$ 1 million), Heinrich Klaasen (US$ 640,000), Vivrant Sharma (US$ 317,000), Adil Rashid (US$ 243,000), Mayank Dagar (US$ 219,000), Akeal Hosein (US$ 121,000), Mayank Markande (US$ 60,000), Upendra Yadav (US$ 30,000), Sanvir Singh (US$ 24,000), Samarth Vyas (US$ 24,000), Nitish Kumar Reddy (US$ 24,000), Anmolpreet Singh (US$ 24,000)
The wins: Needed a wristspinner. Got a T20 World Cup winner for just INR 2 crore. Adil Rashid's performance in the last three matches of that tournament - including the semi-final and final - read 12-1-58-4. He may not be Rashid Khan but he's close.
Middle-order muscle. It's often been lacking in Sunrisers and that's what Harry Brook brings. This will be his first IPL, but he plays spin well, he bats 360 degrees and can whack it from ball one. Ben Stokes is already comparing him to Virat Kohli.
Mayank Agarwal, if he can play to potential, can be a point of difference at the top to complement Abhishek Sharma.
Sunrisers bid for 13 players in all, got 12. Stokes was the only one they missed out. Had the money. Knew the players they wanted. Went all in for them
The losses: Who is the captain? Agarwal? Or maybe Bhuvneshwar Kumar? Right-hander heavy batting line-up. Their first-choice wicketkeeper - Glenn Phillips - rarely keeps. And INR 5.25 crore was possibly a bit much for South Africa keeper-batter Heinrich Klaasen.
Full squad
  • Openers: Abhishek Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Rahul Tripathi
  • Middle order: Aiden Markram, Harry Brook, Abdul Samad, Anmolpreet Singh
  • Wicketkeepers: Glenn Phillips, Heinrich Klaasen, Upendra Yadav, Nitish Kumar Reddy
  • Allrounders: Washington Sundar, Vivrant Sharma, Sanvir Singh, Samarth Vyas, Mayank Dagar
  • Spinners: Adil Rashid, Mayank Markande, Akeal Hosein
  • Fast bowlers: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Marco Jansen, Kartik Tyagi, Umran Malik, T Natarajan, Fazalhaq Farooqi

Punjab Kings

By Abhimanyu Bose
Squad strength: 22 (overseas 7)
Players bought : Sam Curran (US$ 2.25 million), Sikandar Raza (US$ 60,000), Harpreet Bhatia (US$ 48,000), Vidwath Kaverappa (US$ 24,000), Mohit Rathee (USD 24,000), Shivam Singh (US$ 24,000)
The wins: Punjab Kings were touted to break the bank for an allrounder, and they did so, making Sam Curran the most expensive player in IPL history. Getting Sikandar Raza at his base price is a steal; as a spinning allrounder, Raza is back-up for Liam Livingstone, who is nursing an injury at present.
The losses: Punjab had let go of Mayank Agarwal and could not buy a proven Indian top-order batter. They also didn't strengthen their spin attack with a renowned specialist. At the end of everything, Punjab had INR 12.2 crore left unused.
Full squad
  • Openers: Shikhar Dhawan, Harpreet Bhatia
  • Middle-order: Shahrukh Khan, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Atharva Taide
  • Wicketkeepers: Jonny Bairstow, Prabhsimran Singh, Jitesh Sharma
  • Allrounders: Sam Curran, Sikandar Raza, Raj Bawa, Rishi Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Shivam Singh
  • Spinners: Rahul Chahar, Harpreet Brar, Mohit Rathee
  • Fast bowlers: Arshdeep Singh, Baltej Singh, Nathan Ellis, Kagiso Rabada, Vidwath Kaverappa

Mumbai Indians

By Alagappan Muthu
Squad strength: 24 (Overseas 8)
Players bought: Cameron Green (US$ 2.1 million), Jhye Richardson (US$ 180,000), Piyush Chawla (US$ 60,000), Shams Mulani (US$ 24,000), Nehal Wadhera (US$ 24,000), Raghav Goyal (US$ 24,000), Duan Jansen (US$ 24,000), Vishnu Vinod (US$ 24,000)
The wins: Mumbai came in with INR 20.55 crore. They spent 17.5 of it on Cameron Green as a replacement allrounder for Kieron Pollard. Can bat anywhere, but best used at the top of the order. Bowls decent medium pace. "Fits the age profile too," said owner Akash Ambani as Mumbai begin building a young core of players they can count on for the coming years.
The losses: If Bumrah and Archer are fit, this bowling attack looks absolutely awesome. If not, there's trouble, because Mumbai were unable to buy back-ups beyond Jhye Richardson.
Full squad:
  • Openers: Rohit Sharma
  • Middle order: Suryakumar Yadav, Tim David, Dewald Brevis, Tilak Varma
  • Wicketkeepers: Ishan Kishan, Tristan Stubbs, Vishnu Vinod
  • Allrounders: Cameron Green, Arjun Tendulkar, Ramandeep Singh, Shams Mulani, Nehal Wadhera, Hritik Shokeen, Arshad Khan, Duan Jansen
  • Spinners: Piyush Chawla, Kumar Kartikeya, Raghav Goyal
  • Fast bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Jofra Archer, Jhye Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Akash Madhwal

Chennai Super Kings

By S Sudarshanan
Squad strength 25 players (Overseas 8)
Players bought: Ajinkya Rahane (US$ 60,000), Ben Stokes (US$ 1.98 million), Shaik Rasheed (US$ 24,000), Nishant Sindhu (US$ 73,000), Kyle Jamieson (US$ 121,000), Ajay Mandal (US$ 24,000), Bhagath Varma (US$ 24,000)
The wins: Ben Stokes. Super Kings tried to use Shivam Dube in a multi-faceted role last season but couldn't get the desired results. In Stokes, they have a reliable big-hitter and also a two-to-three overs bowler, if not a full-quota one. In many ways, he fills the void left by Dwayne Bravo's retirement. Kyle Jamieson is also a good purchase but he's coming off a long injury layoff.
The losses
They do not have an Indian back-up wicketkeeper to MS Dhoni, after failing to buy back N Jagadeesan. Devon Conway and Ambati Rayudu are their other options with the gloves. CSK were also unable to buy any proven Indian batters, apart from Ajinkya Rahane.
Full squad
  • Openers: Devon Conway, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ajinkya Rahane, Shaik Rasheed
  • Middle order: Ambati Rayudu, Subhranshu Senapati
  • Wicketkeepers: MS Dhoni
  • Allrounders: Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Rajvardhan Hangargekar, Dwaine Pretorius, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ajay Mandal, Nishant Sindhu, Bhagath Varma
  • Spinners: Prashant Solanki, Maheesh Theekshana
  • Fast bowlers: Tushar Deshpande, Mukesh Choudhary, Matheesha Pathirana, Simarjeet Singh, Deepak Chahar, Kyle Jamieson

Royal Challengers Bangalore

By Abhimanyu Bose
Squad strength: 25 players (overseas 8)
Players bought: Reece Topley (US$ 231,000), Himanshu Sharma (US$ 24,000), Will Jacks (US$ 390,000), Manoj Bhandage (US$ 24,000), Rajan Kumar (US$ 85,000), Avinash Singh (US$ 73,000), Sonu Yadav (US$ 24,000)
The wins: RCB needed an overseas pacer as back-up for Josh Hazlewood, and got Reece Topley. They also bought offspinning allrounder Will Jacks as back-up for Glenn Maxwell, who is recovering from a serious leg injury.
The losses: RCB bid for Harry Brook, Mayank Agarwal, Sam Curran, Cameron Green, Ben Stokes and Manish Pandey, but all of them were eventually bought by other teams.
Full squad
  • Openers: Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli, Finn Allen
  • Middle-order: Rajat Patidar, Suyash Prabhudessai
  • Wicketkeepers: Dinesh Karthik, Anuj Rawat
  • Allrounders: Glenn Maxwell, Shahbaz Ahmed , Mahipal Lomror, Wanindu Hasaranga, Will Jacks, Manoj Bhandage, Sonu Yadav
  • Spinners: Karn Sharma, Himanshu Sharma
  • Fast bowlers: Harshal Patel, David Willey, Mohammed Siraj, Josh Hazlewood, Siddarth Kaul, Akash Deep, Reece Topley, Rajan Kumar, Avinash Singh

Gujarat Titans

By S Sudarshanan
Squad strength 25 players (Overseas 8)
Players bought: Kane Williamson (US$ 243,000), Odean Smith (US$ 60,000), KS Bharat (US$ 146,000), Shivam Mavi (US$ 731,000), Joshua Little (US$ 536,000), Urvil Patel (US$ 24,000), Mohit Sharma (US$ 60,000)
The wins: They needed an overseas quick to replace Lockie Ferguson; they bought Josh Little, the first Ireland player ever sold at the IPL auction. They needed an Indian quick as back-up for Yash Dayal; they bought Shivam Mavi. Gujarat's top-order batting was shaky last season, and they bought Kane Williamson's experience at base price. With their core already intact, the Titans ticked off a lot of back-up players.
The losses: Gujarat did not bid for a marquee allrounder, because they had only 19.25 crore in the purse, and they already have Hardik Pandya. They managed to buy Odean Smith as back-up.
Full squad
  • Openers: Shubman Gill, Kane Williamson
  • Middle order: Abhinav Manohar, David Miller, B Sai Sudharsan
  • Wicketkeepers: Matthew Wade, Wriddhiman Saha, KS Bharat, Urvil Patel
  • Allrounders: Hardik Pandya, Darshan Nalkande, Rahul Tewatia, Vijay Shankar, Rashid Khan, Odean Smith
  • Spinners: Jayant Yadav, Noor Ahmed, R Sai Kishore
  • Fast bowlers: Pradeep Sangwan, Alzarri Joseph, Mohammed Shami, Yash Dayal, Shivam Mavi, Joshua Little, Mohit Sharma

Rajasthan Royals

By Alagappan Muthu
Squad strength: 25 (overseas 8)
Players bought: Jason Holder (US$ 700,000), Adam Zampa (US$ 182,000), Joe Root (US$ 121,000), Donovan Ferreira (US$ 60,000), KM Asif (US$ 36,000), Abdul Basith (US$ 24,000), Kunal Singh Rathore (US$ 24,000), M Ashwin (US$ 24,000), Akash Vashisht US$ 24,000)
The wins: Royals looked like the best team in the last IPL. They didn't win it because a lot of the time they played with four No. 11s. So the one thing they absolutely had to get was an allrounder. Enter Jason Holder. Picking up Adam Zampa at base price was a steal too.
The losses: Went hard for Brook and Nicholas Pooran to get a No. 4 batter. Didn't get either. May have to settle for playing Devdutt Padikkal out of his favoured opening position again.
Full squad:
  • Openers: Jos Buttler, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Devdutt Padikkal
  • Middle order: Sanju Samson, Shimron Hetmyer, Riyan Parag, Joe Root
  • Wicketkeepers: Dhruv Jurel, Donovan Ferreira, Kunal Singh Rathore
  • Allrounders: Jason Holder, Akash Vasisht, Abdul Basith,
  • Spinners: Yuzvendra Chahal, R Ashwin, Adam Zampa, KC Cariappa, M Ashwin
  • Fast bowlers: Prasidh Krishna, Trent Boult, Navdeep Saini, Obed McCoy, Kuldeep Sen, Kuldip Yadav, KM Asif

Kolkata Knight Riders

By S Sudarshanan
Squad strength 22 players (Overseas 8)
Players bought: N Jagadeesan (US$ 109,000), Vaibhav Arora (US$ 73,000), Suyash Sharma (US$ 24, 000), David Wiese (US$ 121,000), Kulwant Khejroliya (US$ 24,000), Mandeep Singh (US$ 60,000), Litton Das (US$ 60,000), Shakib Al Hasan (US$ 182,000)
The wins: By procuring David Wiese at a bargain price, KKR now have a back-up for Andre Russell. In N Jagadeesan and Litton Das, they have two wicketkeepers who can also open the batting. Mandeep Singh's experience in the middle order also should serve them well.
The losses: KKR didn't have much money to spend, and the one gap they haven't filled is an Indian fast bowling replacement for Shivam Mavi, whom they had let go and could not buy back.
Full squad
  • Openers: Venkatesh Iyer, Rahmanullah Gurbaz
  • Middle order: Shreyas Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Mandeep Singh
  • Wicketkeepers: N Jagadeesan, Litton Das
  • Allrounders: Andre Russell, Anukul Roy, David Wiese, Shakib Al Hasan
  • Spinners: Sunil Narine, Varun Chakravarthy, Suyash Sharma
  • Fast bowlers: Shardul Thakur, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Harshit Rana, Umesh Yadav, Vaibhav Arora, Kulwant Khejroliya

Delhi Capitals

By S Sudarshanan
Squad strength 25 players (Overseas 8)
Players bought: Phil Salt (US$ 243,000), Ishant Sharma (US$ 60,000), Mukesh Kumar (US$ 670,000), Manish Pandey (US$ 292,000), Rilee Rossouw (US$ 560,000)
The wins: Phil Salt and Rilee Rossouw add firepower to an already explosive batting order. In Salt, they also have a back-up wicketkeeper for Rishabh Pant.
The losses: They couldn't get an allrounder back-up for Mitchell Marsh, who can be prone to injury. They bid up to INR 17.25 crore for Cameron Green but lost out to Mumbai, and dropped out of the bidding for Nicholas Pooran at INR 15.75 crore.
Full squad
  • Openers: David Warner, Prithvi Shaw, Yash Dhull, Phil Salt
  • Middle order: Sarfaraz Khan, Manish Pandey, Rilee Rossouw
  • Wicketkeepers: Rishabh Pant
  • Allrounders: Ripal Patel, Rovman Powell, Mitchell Marsh, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Aman Khan, Vicky Ostwal
  • Spinners: Kuldeep Yadav, Praveen Dubey
  • Fast bowlers: Anrich Nortje, Chetan Sakariya, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Khaleel Ahmed, Lungi Ngidi, Mustafizur Rahman, Ishant Sharma, Mukesh Kumar

Lucknow Super Giants

By Abhimanyu Bose
Squad strength: 25 players (8 overseas)
Players bought: Nicholas Pooran (US$ 1.95 million), Jaydev Unadkat (US$ 60,000), Yash Thakur (US$ 54,000), Daniel Sams (US$ 91,000), Romario Shepherd (US$ 60,000), Amit Mishra (US$ 60,000), Prerak Mankad (US$ 24,000), Swapnil Singh (US$ 24,000), Naveen-ul-Haq (US$ 60,000), Yudhvir Charak (US$ 24,000)
The wins: Having let go of Dushmantha Chameera, Lucknow Super Giants needed to get cover for Mark Wood. While they did not get an elite overseas quick, they did add depth with the signings of Daniel Sams and Romario Shepherd. Mohsin Khan, their frontline left-arm seamer last season, has not played any cricket since the last IPL and Super Giants bought Jaydev Unadkat as back up. The No. 3 spot became an issue for them last season, and they spent INR 16 crore on Nicholas Pooran to try and fill that hole.
The losses: Having released Jason Holder, they needed a top-tier allrounder, but missed out on all the big guns in the auction. They tried for Curran and Stokes but were unsuccessful. They also lost Ireland seamer Josh Little to Titans.
Full squad
  • Openers: Manan Vohra, KL Rahul
  • Middle-order: Ayush Badoni
  • Wicketkeepers: Quinton de Kock, Nicholas Pooran
  • Allrounders: Karan Sharma, Marcus Stoinis, K Gowtham, Deepak Hooda, Kyle Mayers, Krunal Pandya, Daniel Sams, Romario Shepherd, Prerak Mankad, Swapnil Singh
  • Spinners: Ravi Bishnoi, Amit Mishra
  • Fast bowlers: Avesh Khan, Mohsin Khan, Mark Wood, Mayank Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat, Yash Thakur, Naveen-ul-Haq, Yudhvir Charak