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Australia's Pat Cummins commands IPL record fee for an overseas player

Pat Cummins’ status as the No.1-ranked bowler in Test cricket has helped him pick up the biggest IPL cheque ever handed out to an overseas player.

Thursday’s IPL auction saw the Australia quick signed by Kolkata Knight Riders for $3.17m, eclipsing the $3 million fee Rajasthan Royals forked out for England star Ben Stokes in 2017.

Cummins, who last played in the IPL in 2017 with Delhi Capitals, will enjoy his second stint with KKR, whom he represented in 2015.

All-rounder Glenn Maxwell also cashed in, with Kings XI Punjab picking up the mercurial Victorian for almost $2.2m despite his axing from the ODI tour of India next month.

Australia white-ball captain Aaron Finch was signed by Royal Challengers Bangalore for $900,000 - the eighth different franchise he has represented.

Big-hitting Queenslander Chris Lynn was signed by Mumbai Indians for just under $410,000.