The much-awaited IPL auction kicked into action today at 3 PM in Chennai. Amidst the Covid-19 pandemic, the return of the IPL will be a breath of fresh air for cricketing fans all across the world. And like always, the auction promised to be an exciting affair, and truth to be told, it did not disappoint.
A total of 292 players went under the hammer today as the bidding war saw price margins skyrocketing in a five-hour-long auction hosted by Hugh Edmeades. The 14th season of this nerve-racking league looks promising as some of the big hitters with the ball and bat have found themselves in a new outfit this season.
Players Bought By The IPL Franchisees
Chennai Super Kings
Cheteshwar Pujara (50L) (Batsman), K. Bhagath Varma (20L) (All-Rounder), C.Hari Nishaanth (20L) (Batsman), Moeen Ali (7.00cr) (All-rounder), K.Gowtham (9.25Cr ) (All-Rounder), Harishankar Reddy (20L) (Bowler).
Kolkata Knight Riders
Shakib al-Hasan (3.20Cr) (All-rounder), Sheldon Jackson (20L) (Wicket Keeper), Karun Nair (50L) (Batsman), Ben Cutting (75L) (All-rounder), Venkatesh Iyer(20L) (All-rounder), Pawan Negi(50L) (Bowler), Vaibhav Arora (20L) (Bowler), Harbhajan Singh(2.00 Cr) (Bowler).
Adam Milne (3.20 Cr) (Batsman), Nathan Coulter-Nile (5.00 Cr) (Bowler), Piyush Chawla (2.40 Cr) (Bowler), James Neesham (50L) (Bowler), Yudhvir Charak (20L) (Bowler), Marco Jansen(20L) (Bowler), Arjun Tendulkar (20L) (Bowler).
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Glenn Maxwell (14.25 Cr) (Batsman), Sachin Baby (20 L) (Batsman),Rajat Patidar(20L) (Batsman) Mohammad Azharruddeen (20L) (Wicket Keeper), Daniel Christian (4.80 Cr) (All-rounder), K.S Bharat (20L) (Wicket-Keeper), Kyle Jamieson (15.00 Cr) (Bowler), Suyash Prabhudessai (20L) (Bowler).
Kedar Jadav (2.00 Cr) (Batsman), Jagadeesha Suchit (30L) (Bowler), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (1.50 Cr) (Bowler).
Dawid Malan (1.50 Cr) (Batsman), Shahrukh Khan (5.25 Cr) (Batsman), Utkarsh Singh (20L) (Batsman) Moises Henriques(4.20 Cr) (All-rounder), Fabian Allen (75L) (All-Rounder), Saurabh Kumar (20L) (All-Rounder), Jhye Richardson (14.00 Cr) (Bowler), Riley Meredith (8.00 Cr) (Bowler), Jalaj Saxena (30L) (Bowler).
Steve Smith (2.20 Cr) (Batsman), Ripal Patel(20L) (Batsman), Tom Curran(5.25 Cr) (Batsman), Sam Billings (2.00 Cr) (Batsman), Vishnu Vinod (20L) (Wicket-Keeper), Umesh Yadav (1.00 Cr) (Bowler), Lukman Meriwala (20L) (Bowler), M Siddharth (20L) (Bowler).
Liam Livingstone (75L) (Batsman), Akash Singh (20L) (Bowler), Chetan Sakariya (1.20 Cr) (Bowler), Kuldip Yadav (20L) (Bowler), Shivam Dube (4.40 Cr) (All-rounder), Chris Morris (16.25 Cr) (All-Rounder), Mustafizur Rahman (1.00 Cr) (Bowler), K.C Cariappa (20L) (Bowler).
IPL 2021 Auction
The IPL 2021 Auction wrapped up with some exciting and indifferent acquisitions made by the teams and just as every other year, this year seems to be promising as well. The auction saw teams such as Punjab Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Rajasthan Royals fight hard and slow on their relentless bidding to buy new players. Both Punjab and Bangalore who had their purses stashed with money were able to cash in players of their choice, eventually outbidding every other team in the race. Chris Morris made headway beating Yuvraj Singh’s record of being the costliest player in an IPL auction as he will be seen in a completely new outfit for Rajasthan Royals this season. The bidding war for the South African all-rounder kept increasing higher and higher until it crossed the 16 crore bracket.
Young guns namely, Arjun Tendulkar, Shahrukh Khan, K. Gowtham, only to name a few, bagged contracts in this year’s IPL. The major focus was mostly on the bowlers as every team looked desperate to reinforce their bowling side. Jhye Richardson attracted a lot of attention as his price rose from Rs 1.4 crore to a whopping 14 crore. It was Priety Zinta’s Punjab Kings who won the bidding war on him. The Australian fast bowler will have everyone’s eyes on him considering his valuation.
A decent number of major players have failed to bag IPL contracts, namely, Shaun Marsh, Hanuma Vihari, Mathew Wade, Chris Green, Sean Abbott. None of the 8 franchisees looked interested in investing in these players.
All in all, the auction did not fail to grab people’s attention, just as one can be for certain that this year’s IPL would not. The biggest league in the world will commence soon with all its glamour and glitz that it has to offer and we simply cannot wait for the action to resume.