IPL Mega Auction – A Brief Explanation | GamePlan Today Talks

Are you familiar with the words “Strong Indian Core, Mega Auction, Mini Auction,  A Player Retention, First 11, Back-up Players, Auction Rate for each player, DNA”?

Well! In this GamePlan Today’s blog, we will be revolving around these critical terms of cricket. Yes! These terms mentioned above are highly used in auctions. So today, we will give a brief explanation about the IPL Mega Auction.

GamePlan Today Talks – Sneek Peek

  1. What is Mega Auction & the idea behind it?
  2. What is Mini Auction?
  3. Back to Mega Auction
  4. What is RTM?

What is Mega Auction & the idea behind it?

It all started in 2008 IPL when the franchisees were allowed to pick the players. It is to increase the closeness of the contest.  The team will get upgraded every three years right from IPL 2008 to date.

For example, the consistently played teams in the last 13 years are CSK and MI since they have the highest titles. But have anyone ever thought about how the teams achieved this consistency? It’s because, during the Mega Auction, the players were chosen and retained their core effectively. But, unfortunately, the rest franchisees or teams couldn’t keep their core. Therefore, the franchisees in the last 5,6,7 and 8 positions will be given an option to rework their team players during the Mega Auction that happens three years once. 

So, What is Mini Auction?

Mini Auction happens every year. Pat Cummins has been chosen through this auction method for an excellent price. Also, Varun Chakkravathy was taken in a mini-auction for five crores after his release.

Mini Auctions work on supply and demand. Many teams would need the same player, and the supply will have a shortage.

Back to Mega Auction

The Mega Auction for 2022 is expected to happen during the end of 2021 or at the beginning of 2022.

The most important term for the Mega Auction is “Player Retention”. Yes! Any guesses of what is player retention and how does it work? It is a kind of tricky topic as well.

Most of the teams try holding their Indian core. Indian core means 11 players; seven players can be Indian, and four can be foreign.

Indian core denotes the players with a strong background in Indian teams or Indian nationals. They are expected to strengthen the teams. The teams structured with the Indian core players seem to be very successful.

For instance, the Indian core behind the CSK team between the years 2010 and 2012 was MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, R Ashwin, Murali Vijay, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Subramaniam Badrinath, Vriddhiman Saha, and Anirudha Srikanth. The players mentioned the scenarios have played for the Indian cricket team.

Another scenario is the MI took the IPL cup 5 times. The players behind this victory are Rohit Sharma, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandy, Surya Kumar Yadav, and Ishan Kishan. These players have the most substantial background in our Indian team.

Coming to the foreign players, the IPL teams usually have their standard fixtures for choosing their players. For instance, MI’s standard foreign player seems to be Kieron Pollard. Hence, the team usually retains this player. Also, Quinton de Kock is retained at the top of this order.

What is RTM?

Last year, they had a rule permitting up to 4 or 5 players to be retained, and Right To Match shall be used further. So three can be retained, and two players can be added to RTM.

The team CSK used RTM for Faf du Plessis & Dwayne Bravo. A player who has already played for a team is first bid and then taken under RTM.

We hope you all might have got some insights on the Mega Auction. Keep awaiting the following IPL auction updates from GamePlan Today Talks.