Shreyas Iyer was expected to be one of the big draws at the IPL 2022 mega auction, and he was, becoming the first player to break the INR 10 crore barrier after a heated bidding war between a number of teams, with the middle-order batter and potential captaincy candidate going to Kolkata Knight Riders for INR 12.25 crore (USD 1.6 million).

Holder, whose price tag starts at INR 1.5 crore, caught the eye of the Mumbai Indians and later the Chennai Super Kings. After Mumbai City FC opted out, Rajasthan Royals and Lucknow Super Giants joined in, with Lucknow Super Giants securing their man for INR 8.75 crore (USD 1.16 million). It’s also the biggest offer for a West Indian player ever in an IPL auction. Harshal, one of the biggest performers of the last IPL, returned to Royal Challengers Bangalore, who beat off Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad for INR 10.75 crore (USD 1.43 million).

The Knight Riders’ CEO, Venky Mysore, said that the club had anticipated having to “go higher” in order to get Cummins, and although he described Iyer as “very long term in terms of our thinking,” the leadership issue was left unanswered. During a pause in the proceedings, he added on the official broadcast, “That’s a choice the coach and the think tank will decide.” “I believe we should just absorb today’s and tomorrow’s activities and take stock. We have excellent choices with Cummins and Shreyas. The choice, however, will be made by the think tank.”