The auction followed by the IPL, which is held every year, comprises the selling and buying of the various players that register themselves to be available for the different franchises. An auction is a place where all the participating teams judge the qualities of the different available players to buy them at a certain value generally more than the base price through the process of bidding. The Indian domestic cricket season started as the IPL Players Auction 2021 kicked off. It was a highly anticipated auction also named the super auction. This auction saw 292 players go into the bidding list with an all-time high number of 61 slots to fill. This auction took place in Chennai after the BCCI decided so a few months ago.
This year the IPL Players Auction 2021 was no different with a lot of exciting buys and it also saw a lot of new players. It was well appreciated by the management that the franchises helped the newbies set a ground for themselves and showcase the immense talent this country has through the IPL. Since it was deemed as a super auction, it had a record-high number of registrants out of which most of them were unsold. History was created at this year’s auction as South African all-rounder Chris Morris, who was previously a player of Royal Challengers Bangalore, was sold for a whopping INR 16.25 crores. The daring step of signing this 33-year-old all-rounder was taken by Rajasthan Royals who battled Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings. Chris Morris surpassed the record high amount of INR 16 crores for Yuvraj Singh (2015).
Australian Glenn Maxwell too entered the elite list of expensive players at this edition of the auction for the Indian Premier League. He was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 14.25 crores after a long tussle with Chennai Super Kings. He was a former all-rounder at Punjab Kings which was previously known as Kings XI Punjab. New Zealand pace prodigy Kyle Jamieson was also signed by the Royal Challengers Bangalore at a mammoth price of INR 15 crores. He was one of the most anticipated players at this IPL auction 2021 and also a revelation. Since Punjab Kings had a huge purse this time, they signed Australian pacer Jhye Richardson for an incredible INR 14 crores. They lost key all-rounders like Moeen Ali who filled in Chennai Super Kings’ overseas for INR 7 crores. Australian Steve Smith was taken by Delhi Capitals who paid him INR 2.20 crores. His national teammate and third-ranked T20I batsman in the world, Aaron Finch was unsold after Royal Challengers Bangalore released him.
Krishnappa Gowtham recorded himself as the highest-paid uncapped Indian player as Chennai Super Kings battled across other teams to secure him for INR 9.25 crores. Another notable signing made by Punjab Kings was this year’s Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy revelation Shahrukh Khan who pocketed a whopping INR 5.25 crores. Talented young opener Mohammad Azharuddin was picked by Royal Challengers Bangalore at the IPL auction 2021 for his base price of INR 20 lakhs. T20I’s number 1 batsman across the globe, the English opener Dawid Malan was sold to Punjab Kings for a price of INR 1.50 crores. Cheteshwar Pujara marked his return to the Indian Premier League as Chennai Super Kings signed him for INR 50 lakhs. Marnus Labuschagne, Hanuma Vihari, Alex Hales, and Jason Roy are some of the notable players who missed out on a team this year.
Fans hope that this year’s IPL will be as exciting and surprising as the auction in 2021.