The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 auction gave a clarion call for what could be another exciting season of T20 cricket, as Chennai witnessed a lot of action on Thursday. As many as 57 players were bought and a total of Rs 145.3 crore was spent at the mini-auction. All-rounders remained the main focus during theauction in Chennai for the 14th season of the IPL. 8 teams of the League spent 67% amount i.e.Rs 97.7 crore only on 28 all-rounders.
South African All-rounder Chris Morris created history
Morris became the most expensive IPL auction player ever. Rajasthan Royals bought Morris for 16.25 crores. He broke Yuvraj’s record, who was bought by Delhi for Rs 16 crore in the 2015 season.
22 foreign and 35 Indian players sold
292 players were shortlisted before the auction. A total of 61 slots in 8 teams were vacant. Of the 57 players sold, 22 were foreigners and 35 were Indians. After the auction, 3 spots remained in Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and 1spotremained in Rajasthan Royals (RR).There is still Rs 51.3 left in the vault of 8 teams. Punjab Kings saved the most Rs 18.80 crore. All franchises can have a maximum of 25 and a minimum of 18 players in their team.
7 unexpected names at an unexpected price
- Bowling all-rounder Krishnappa Gautam had a base price of Rs 20 lakh. Whereas, he was bought by CSK for 9.25 crores at a price 46 times higher. He holds the record for the most expensive uncapped player in IPL history so far.
- South African player Chris Morris had a base price of Rs 75 lakh. Hesold for 21 times more than this for Rs 16.25 crore.
- New Zealand all-rounder Kyle Jameson was bought by Bengaluru for 20 times more than his base price at Rs 15 crore.
- Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell had a base price of Rs 2 crore.But RCB bought him for Rs 14.25 crores at 7 times the price.
- Australian bowler Jay Richardson was bought by Punjab Kings for Rs 14 crore. His base price was 1.50 crores. He was sold at 9 times the base price.
- Indian young all-rounder Shahrukh Khan had a base price of Rs 20 lakh. Preity Zinta’s team Punjab bought him for Rs 5.25 crore at 26 times the base price.
- Riley Meredith of Australia, who took 43 wickets after playing 34 matches in the league and domestic T20, had a base price of Rs 40 lakh. He was sold at 8 crores.
- No one bought Australian batsman Aaron Finch. His base price was 1 crore rupees.
- Similarly, Nobody bought English player Alex Hales with a base price of 1.50 crore.
- Hanuma Vihari is considered a slow batsman for T20 as a result he remains unsold.
- Australian batsman Sean Marsh also remain outside the list. His base price was Rs 1.50 crore.
- Surprisingly, New Zealand’s batsman Corey Anderson, with a base price of Rs 75 lakh, was also not sold.
- Notably, Australian batsman Marnus Labuschen also remained unsold. His base price was 1 crore rupees.