The IPL 2021 auction witnessed some world-class players go under the hammer. It was expected that these top quality players would go for big money. As expected there was a bidding war among different franchises.
But little did anyone know the kind of outrageous prices that these players will go for.
Let’s have a look at four of the costliest buys in the IPL 2021 auction.
Chris Morris (₹ 16.25 crores)
South African all-rounder Chris Morris was snapped up by RCB in the last auction for a whopping ₹ 10 crores. Although his season was marred with injuries, Morris still ended up playing 9 games.
He was underwhelming with the bat, scoring just 34 runs all season. However, he had a huge impact with the ball. Excellent both with the new ball and at the death, Morris picked up 11 wickets in 9 games. He was one of the main reasons why RCB qualified for the playoffs.
Hence, quite a few eyebrows were raised when the 33-year-old was released by RCB ahead of the auction. Knowing that Morris was available in the pool, many teams went after him. There was a bidding war among teams like MI, RCB and PBKS.
However, it was RR in the end who snapped up the all-rounder for a whopping ₹ 16.25 crores. Thus, Morris became the costliest player in the history of the IPL auction, breaking Yuvraj Singh’s record of ₹ 16 crores. He will surely form a lethal bowling combination with Jofra Archer. Thus contributing with the bat.
However, many experts feel he can be bogged down by the pressure of the heavy price tag. Thus it remains to be seen if Morris repays the faith shown in him by RR.
Kyle Jamieson ( ₹ 15 crores)
Kyle Jamieson has made his name in International cricket through sensational performances for New Zealand in Test cricket. In just six Tests, the 26-year-old picked up a stupendous 36 scalps. He was instrumental in New Zealand reaching the World Test Championship Final.
However, it hasn’t been proved yet whether he is capable of providing the same impact in limited-overs cricket. Thus, when RCB bought him for an unbelievable ₹ 15 crores, it seemed as if it was a huge risk taken by the franchise.
Nevertheless, Jamieson can end up being a sensational buy for them. Of course, that is if he is able to contribute consistently with both bat and ball. Only time will tell whether the New Zealand speedster will be successful in the IPL. Especially given the recent hammering that he is facing against the Australians in the ongoing T20 series.
Glenn Maxwell ( ₹ 14.25 crores)
Glenn Maxwell has always had that X-factor that enticed many big teams to take a gamble on him. He had a horrible last season with KXIP (now PBKS), scoring just 108 runs from 13 innings without hitting a single six. He was naturally released by the franchise.
However he was back to his best against India, scoring 167 runs in three games in the ODI series. He also scored 379 runs in 15 games of the BBL 10 season. Thus, it was certain that the Australian all-rounder could certainly go for a big sum.
His announcement started a bidding war between RCB and CSK. Both franchise didn’t look to slow down and eventually RCB got their man for a mammoth ₹ 14.25 crores. Given his current poor form against New Zealand, it could go against RCB’s chances of winning their maiden IPL title.
Jhye Richardson is easily one of the fastest bowlers in the world right now. He is in sizzling formand picked up 29 wickets in the BBL 10 campaign. This made him the highest wicket-taker in the tournament.
With a number of teams in need of overseas fast bowlers, it was natural that Richardson was going to attract a lot of bidding from several franchises. The 24-year-old was eventually sold to PBKS for a whopping ₹ 14 crores. Some believe it is too much for someone who has not proven himself yet in these conditions.
However, if he gets it right, Richardson can forma lethal combination with Mohammed Shami. Together they can strengthen their bowling attack, thereby making their bid for the maiden IPL title even stronger.