It has been less than six months when we were all just witnessing Mumbai Indians winning their fifth IPL title. The most by any team in the history of the IPL. And once again the buzz, the hype and the thrill is just around the corner. And everyone’s getting ready for the most expensive and the most celebrated tournament around the world. Last night was nothing like ever. The auction of IPL 2021 took place and it shocked everyone.
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This year’s auction turned out to be in favour of pace bowlers. And mostly in favour of foreigners.
Rajasthan Royals created history by spending a huge amount of 16.25 cr for South African all-rounder Chris Morris. He is by far the most expensive player in the history of the IPL. It came as a shock to many as Chris Morris has not been in his best performance these past years.
The second most expensive bowler to be picked up in this mini auction was New Zealand’s fast bowler Kyle Jamieson. He got picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore after a tough bid-fight with Punjab Kings. But he didn’t come easily. Bangalore shelled out 15 cr for an overseas who has never played in India and has only a little experience of playing in T20s.
Another fast bowler from Australia surprised everyone. Jhye Richardson was sold to Punjab Kings for a huge amount of 14 cr. One of the main reasons behind spending such a huge amount on a young player, is his recent performance in Big Bash League, 2021. He was the highest wicket-taker in the series.
Not only bowlers, even all-rounders like Glenn Maxwell and Krisnappa Gowtham were paid handsome amounts in the mini-auction. As always, most of the teams wanted Maxwell. So it was a tough fight but ultimately Bangalore bagged him at 14.25 cr. K. Gowtham, who performed very well last year with Rajasthan, got picked up by Chennai at 9.25 cr.
Even though many players got big bucks, the auction highlights two sides. Most of the foreign players got paid handsome amount but the country’s very own experienced players got very less than they deserved. Like, fast bowler Umesh Yadav was paid 1 cr and Mohit Sharma was paid only 2 cr. It’s ironic that Indian Premier League doesn’t value its own Indian players.