Chennai: The bidding has been started for one of the popular Cricket matches, Indian Premier League (2021) in Chennai today, with a total of 292 players enlisted for the shortened auctions — 164 of them Indian and 125 overseas. There will also be three associate players in the auction.
Last year IPL which was to be played in Dubai, was called off due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With 61 slots across eight franchises up for auctions, Royal Challengers Bangalore has the maximum, 11 vacancies for Rs 35.4 crore while Sunrisers Hyderabad has only three slots available for the grab with Rs 10.75 crore in its kitty.
Whereas, the highest purse available is with ‘Punjab Kings’, who recently changed their name from Kings XI Punjab, which has Rs 53.20 crore available for spending on nine spots including five overseas signings. SunRisers Hyderabad have three slots to fill, least among all eight teams.
IPL 2021 highest auctions:
SA all rounder Chris Morris enters the club with base rate of 75 lakh but crosses bid offer over 15 crore. To get him on board, MI and RCB go hammer and tongs at each other. Soon the war started for him as MI regain the lead at 10 crore but RR beat him at 11.75. Crossing 15 crore mark, Chris Morris has become the most expensive player of today’s auction so far. Where RR was seen regaining the lead at 15.5. Punjab take it to 16 crore but RR wins the race by taking it to 16.25 crores.
-After Glen Maxwell, RCB went for another Aussie, and ends up spending massive Rs 15 crore to buy Kyle Jamieson. For the IPL 14 auction, Jamieson had a base price of Rs 75 lakh.
-In this year’s fierce bidding Royal Challenger Bangalore has been flamboyant for Aussies. The team spent bumper Rs 14.25 crore for Maxwell. Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell gets the opening bid of Rs 2 crore from KKR and is joined in by RCB. The bid is moving rapidly between the two sides and has gone beyond Rs 4.4 crore. As KKR pull out, CSK enter the bid and gets into an intense bidding war with RCB. Though CSk was seen going all out for Maxwell with the bid of Rs 14 crore but RCB gets him for Rs 14.25 crore.
-The young 24-year-old Aussie has caused some keen interest among the IPL teams after his mind blowing bowling where he had bowled Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli three times in three games in 2019. Richardson went was sold for Rs 14 crore to Punjab Kings.
-With base price of Rs 20 lakh, Gowtham changed the dynamics pf todays auction. From SRH to KKR nearly every team was fighting for him but CSK ruined their plans and bought Gowtham for Rs 9.25 crore.
-The auction craziness has doubled this time so is the price of players. The 24-year-old Riley Meredith is sold four times than Steve Smith.
-With base price of Rs 2 crore, Moeen Ali gets the bidding war going between Punjab Kings and Chennai Super Kings. In no time the bid for England’s all rounder Moeen reached Rs 4 crore from Punjab Kings to beyond Rs 6 crore, with both Punjab Kings and CSK going all out for him. Beating all in the bidding game with highest call, CSK pays Rs 7 crore to get him in their team.
The auction table saw RCB, Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings fighting each other for Khan but Punajb Kings outbid the opponents and gets uncapped Indian player for Rs 5.25 crore.
-It seemed like Delhi Capitals REALLY wanted this Kiwi but it didn’t happen. The ‘paltan’ strike back and after some heavy exchange of bids, Mumbai Indians finally bought Coulter-Nile for Rs 5 crore.
-Nathan Coulter Nile also gets some big bids. Delhi in the lead to 3.6 crore. Mumbai back in the lead at 4.2 crore. MI win this battle.
-All rounder Indian cricketer Shivam Dube gets the opening bid of Rs 50 lakh. Where Rajasthan Royals and SunRisers Hyderabad were seen locking horns to get the bid, Rajasthan Royals offers a whooping Rs 4 crore and finally gets him for Rs 4.40 crore.
-So after some interesting bidding war between Delhi and Mumbai, the Paltan get the third-highest wicket-taker in IPL history! Piyush Chawla is sold for Rs 2.4 crore
-Piyush Chawla gets the opening bid of Rs 50 lakh from Mumbai Indians. The bidding has swiftly moved to Rs 2 crore with Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians both bidding for his services. He finally goes to Mumbai for Rs 2.40 crore.
-Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan gets the opening bid of Rs 2 crore from Punjab Kings and KKR join the fray now. He goes to Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs 3.20 crore.
-Former captain of the Australian national team, Steve Smith goes to Delhi Capitals for Rs 2.20 crore. His base price was pegged at 2 crore.
-Karun Nair first player to out for this auction remains unsold.
IPL 2021 Auction gets underway!
The IPL 2021 Auction was finally kick started with the formal speech of Brijesh Patel. He announces that VIVO is back as title sponsors and the upcoming edition will be known as VIVO IPL.
Players expected to go for big money!
With big players like Steve Smith, Aaron Finch, Alex Hales, all the eight franchises will look to grab them to strengthen their game. Meanwhile, India’s veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara have also registered themselves for the auction.