Chennai: BCCI earlier announced that they would conduct a mini-auction in Chennai on the 18th of February. Teams were well prepared for auction on whom to buy and how much to spend on players wisely to strengthen their squads.
Punjab Kings, formerly known as Kings XI Punjab, had the highest amount left in their purse with Rs. 53.2 cr. And KKR, SRH had the little purse of Rs. 10.75 cr.
Steve Smith became the first player to get sold in the 2021 Auction. DC bought him for Rs. 2.2 cr. Two hundred ninety-two players were all set to go under the hammer for 8 franchises to buy them, and 54 players among those 292 finalized ones got into the teams.
Auction as it happened
RR made the expensive buy of the season(not only for this season but an all-time highest acquisition) by bidding 16.25 cr for SA all-rounder Chris Morris. They also bought Shivam Dube for 4.4 cr rupees. Their other buys included Mustafizur Rahman (Rs 1 crore), Chetan Sakariya (Rs 1.20 crore), KC Kariappa (Rs 20 lakh), Liam Livingstone (Rs 75 lakh), Kuldip Yadav (Rs 20 lakh), Aakash Singh (Rs 20 lakh).
Kohli-led RCB made the second and third highest buys of the season by roping in Jamieson and Maxwell for 15 and 14.25 crores, respectively. RCB spent 4.8 crores on Daniel Christian. RCB also bought Sachin Baby (Rs 20 lakh), Rajat Patidar (Rs 20 lakh), Mohammed Azharrudeen (Rs 20 lakh), KS Bharat (Rs 20 lakh), Suyash Prabhudesai (Rs 20 lakh).
CSK was keen on buying spin all-rounder K.Gowtham as they spent 9.25 cr. Their second-highest buy gave Moeen Ali CSK contract for Rs. 7 cr. CSK also roped in Cheteshwar Pujara (Rs 50 lakh), Harishankar Reddy (Rs 20 lakh), Bhagath Varma (Rs 20 lakh), Hari Nishanth (Rs 20 lakh).
MI bid 5 cr and 3.2 cr for their former players Coulter-Nile and Milne respectively. MI also bought Piyush Chawla for 2.4 cr and Arjun Tendulkar for 20L. Their other buys included Jimmy Neesham, Marco Jansen, and Yudhvir Charak.
SRH looked out of the league with its low purse as it is evident that they couldn’t bid for big players due to lack of funds. From available 10.25 cr, they spent 30L for Suchith, 2 and 1.5 cr for Jadhav and Mujeeb respectively.
Delhi Capital’s all buys included Steve Smith (Rs 2.2 crore), Umesh Yadav (Rs 1 crore), Ripal Patel (Rs 20 lakh), Vishnu Vinod (Rs 20 lakh), Lukman Meriwala (Rs 20 lakh), M Siddharth (Rs 20 lakh), Tom Curran (Rs 5.25 crore), Sam Billings (Rs 2 crore).
Punjab Kings spend a big part of their purse purchasing Richardson as they bought him for 14 cr. PK made 4 4cr+ buys which included Richardson, Shahrukh, Henriques, and Meredith. They also bought world No.1 T20I batsman David Malan for 1.5 cr. PK also bought Jalaj Saxena (Rs 30 lakhs), Utkarsh Singh (Rs 20 lakhs), Fabian Allen (Rs 75 lakh), Saurabh Kumar (Rs 20 lakh).
KKR looked to cover all their bases, as it was evident from their auction strategy. They bought Shakib and Bhajji to strengthen the spin department. Pawan Negi could be the perfect backup for the front-line spinners. Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Karun Nair, Cutting, and Venkatesh Iyer were the players bought by KKR in this auction.
This auction has allowed all teams to strengthen their teams and cover their weak links. All units are looking strong on paper, and there is no second thought in saying that 2021 IPL will go down to the wire to decide the Champions.
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