The Political Edge Bureau
February 18, Chandigarh
The IPL 2021 auction is being held in Chennai. Chris Morris (RR) became the costliest player ever at an IPL auction while Krishnappa Gowtham (CSK) became the costliest Indian uncapped player at the IPL 2021 auction. Punjab Kings had the biggest purse coming into the auction and are looking for another rejig. Even Royal Challengers Bangalore is looking for a revamp while Chennai Super Kings look to create a new core.
A total of 292 players were enlisted for the shortened auctions — 164 of them Indian and 125 overseas. There will also be three associate players in the auction that began at 3 pm, on Thursday. With 61 slots across eight franchises up for grabs, Royal Challengers Bangalore has the maximum, 11 vacancies, to fill with a purse of
Rs 35.4 crore while Sunrisers Hyderabad has only three slots available with Rs 10.75 crore in its kitty.
The highest purse available is with Anil Kumble coached ‘Punjab Kings’, formerly Kings XI Punjab, which has Rs 53.20 crore available for spending on nine spots. The auction started with former Rajasthan Royals skipper Steve Smith being sold to Delhi Capitals for Rs 2.2 crore. Rajasthan Royals broke the bank and shelled out Rs 16.25 crore for Chris Morris. New Zealand’s Kyle Jamieson became the second most expensive buy of this edition. But the floor exploded the moment Glenn Maxwell’s name was announced. Chennai Super Kings were locked in an intense bidding war with Royal Challengers Bangalore for the Australian but eventually RCB bought Maxwell for 14.25 crore. This is the highest amount paid ever for any player in an IPL auction. Australian pace man Jhye Richardson was picked up for Rs 14 crore by Punjab Kings while Krishnappa Gowtham was sold for Rs 9.25 crore to Chennai Super Kings.
Cheteshwar Pujara was sold to Chennai Super Kings. The highest reserve price in this auction has been fixed at Rs 2 crore. Only two Indians are in that elite club. Kedar Jadhav and Harbhajan Singh have a base price of Rs 2 crore each. In the history of IPL tournament, last year Chennai Super Kings failed to make it to the playoffs in the UAE edition of the tournament which was held without the spectators due to Covid restrictions.