The IPL 2023 mini-auction was held in Kochi on December 23. A total of 80 players were sold with the franchises spending a total of Rs 164.5 crore at the Kochi mini-auction. Initially, a total of 991 players were registered for the auction. The BCCI trimmed down the list to 405 and from there 87 slots were to be filled.
Despite so much money being spent, many of the franchises had a hefty amount remaining as well. Punjab had 12.25 crores purse remaining while Rajasthan and SRH had 6.75 and 7.75 respectively.
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Punjab Kings bought Sam Curran for 18. 50 crores making him the most expensive player in the history of the IPL. Ben Stokes and Cameron Green fetched 16.25 and 17.50 respectively.
KKR had the lower purse of 7.05 crores heading into the auction while SRH had over 42 crores remaining purse amount. The different franchises went into with different ideologies and intentions. While PBKS and SRH managed to rebuild their squad, the likes of KKR, CSK, GT and LSG looked for backups. With whatever happened at the auction table, everyone went home happy after the fiesty bidding war.
The franchises were decisive and pinpoint in terms of their decision-making in the auction. In this article, however, we look at the mistakes they committed in the auction table that might cost them the season.
5 Biggest Blunders By IPL Franchises That Will Cost Them In IPL 2023
1) Not Buying Ideal Backups
This is in reference to Kolkata Knight Riders who did not buy ideal backups. With the least remaining purse, KKR had to fill key spots at the auction table. KKR needed an attacking overseas opener and they let go of Chris Lynn who performed consistently well for them in the seasons that he played. Kolkata ideally needed an Indian spin option and they did not buy one.
They bought Shakib Al Hasan for 1.5 crores. However, KKR still are an option short when it comes to backup for Indian players.