During the two-day IPL mega auction in 2022, ten franchises spent a total of Rs 551.7 crore. At the auction, a total of 204 players were sold, including 67 overseas cricketers, with Mumbai Indians’ Ishan Kishan being the most expensive purchase at Rs 15.25 crore.
Liam Livingstone became the most expensive overseas player at the 2022 auction after Punjab Kings paid Rs 11.5 crore. At Rs 10 crore, Avesh Khan became the most expensive uncapped player of all time. He was bought by Lucknow Super Giants.
1. Lucknow Super Giants – Rs 90 crore
The Lucknow Super Giants arrived at the auction looking like one of the best-prepared teams, and they were the only ones to spend all their money. Overall, they appear to have covered all bases, with six international all-rounders.
2. Delhi Capitals – Rs 89.9 crore
The Delhi Capitals were extremely busy throughout the auction, as they were eager to reclaim their core. Even without Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer, the Capitals have one of the best top fours in the tournament. With three left-arm quicks in Chetan Sakariya, Khaleel Ahmed, and Mustafizur Rahman, they have plenty of bowling options.
3. Mumbai Indians – Rs 89.9 crore
Mumbai entered the auction with a purse of INR 48 crores and left with the second-largest remaining purse of INR 28 crores. As they first landed Jofra Archer and then Tim David, rivals lost the courage to compete against Mumbai’s strong purse. They then brought in Daniel Sams and Tymal Mills, a fast-bowling duo, and Mumbai’s first XI, which had appeared distant at one point, was instantly ready.
4. Sunrisers Hyderabad – Rs 89.9 crore
Sunrisers Hyderabad’s focus on bowlers at auctions may have resulted in a recurrence of an old weakness: a dearth of big names in the batting order. Fortunately, their bowling core has returned: Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umran Malik, and T Natarajan, with the additions of Kartik Tyagi and Sean Abbott, as well as all-rounders Marco Jansen and Romario Shepherd.
5. Gujarat Titans – Rs 89.85 crore
Given the list of players assembled, Gujarat Titans’ starting XI was the most difficult to predict of the ten teams. The bowling core of Rashid Khan, Ferguson, and Shami, along with some decent other additions, is the team’s strength. Hardik, Miller, Tewatia, and Vijay Shankar are all proven pace bowlers in the middle order. They also got a great deal on Jason Roy, who cost them INR 2 crore at his base price.
6. Kolkata Knight Riders – Rs 89.55 crore
KKR have kept their core from last season’s run to the finals, but without Rahul Tripathi in the top order, the top order lacks the dynamism of last year. If they play Alex Hales, they’ll have to replace Sam Billings in the middle order with one of their uncapped domestic wicketkeepers.
7. Rajasthan Royals – Rs 89.05 crore
RR followed up their excellent first day with a mediocre second day. At the top of the order, Buttler and Jaiswal are a dynamic duo, while Samson and Hetmyer are a punishing duo in the death overs. In the Powerplay and middle overs, Boult and Chahal provide solid wicket-taking options, which are complemented by Ashwin’s defensive skills and the pace and bounce of Prasidh.
8. Royal Challengers Bangalore – Rs 88.45crore
Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and Mohammed Siraj form a strong core for Royal Challengers Bangalore. During the auction, they added some strong options, particularly in the bowling department. Harshal Patel, Josh Hazlewood, and Wanindu Hasaranga are the likely starters, with Jason Behrendorff and David Willey serving as backups. They also purchased Faf du Plessis.
9. Chennai Super Kings – Rs 87.05 crore
CSK has stuck to the same formula that won them the title last year, keeping or re-signing eight of the 11 players who appeared in the IPL 2021 final. Their starting XI has more batting depth than any other team, as well as a wide range of bowling options to choose from.
10. Punjab Kings – Rs 86.55 crore
Punjab Kings, who had previously been mocked for failing at auctions or overspending on the wrong players, were among the top performers this time around. Few teams can match their batting depth or abundance of power hitters. The presence of Shikhar Dhawan in the top order compensates for the absence of KL Rahul, Punjab’s captain and most prolific batsmen in recent seasons.