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IPL 2021: Auction Over, Fans Await Action-Packed 14th Edition
February 20, 2021 | By - Ajay Singh

IPL 2021: Auction Over, Fans Await Action-Packed 14th Edition

It’s that time of the year for cricket fans in India and around the world. As the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) inches closer, excitement among cricket fans has reached a feverish pitch. It remains unclear if IPL 2021 will take place in India or the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) will, once again, look for an alternate venue. Either way, the mini-auction held on 18 February was a clear indication for fans that the tournament is very much on.

IPL 2021 has already given us some big news as Kings XI Punjab recently changed their name to Punjab Kings and South African all-rounder Chris Morris fetched the highest-ever bid in IPL history. With that said, let’s talk about everything that is in place and all that’s yet to come concerning the premier T20 franchise cricket league.

Mini Auction – Eight Teams Grab 57 Players From A Pool Of 292

Eight IPL franchises entered the auction room on 18 February 2021 to fill 61 available slots from a pool of 292 players. The fairly small contingent of 292 players was shortlisted from a whopping 1097 cricketers (814 Indian and 283 overseas) who registered to go under the hammer. All-rounders stole the limelight as teams went gaga over players like Chris Morris, Krishnappa Gowtham, Moeen Ali, Tom Curran, Moises Henriques, Glenn Maxwell, and others.


IPL Trophy;;;Who will grab this?!

Uncapped Indian players like Shahrukh Khan and Chetan Sakariya also fetched decent bids at the auction. All in all, as many as 57 team players found their teams during the mini-auction, including 22 overseas and 35 Indian cricketers.

Top Riches

Several players saw themselves picked for a price much, much higher than their base price. South African all-rounder Chris Morris broke all records, fetching a final bid of USD2.2 million (INR16.25 crore) as inaugural champions Rajasthan Royals reserved his services. Following are the top money-makers from the mini-auction on 18 February:

Player

CountryTeamPrice
Chris MorrisSouth AfricaRajasthan RoyalsUSD2.2 million
Kyle JamiesonNew ZealandRoyal Challengers BangaloreUSD2.06 million
Glenn MaxwellAustraliaRoyal Challengers BangaloreUSD1.96 million
Jhye RichardsonAustraliaPunjab KingsUSD1.93 million

Moving ahead, it wasn’t just big names who fetched high bids as uncapped Indian and foreign players like Krishnappa Gowtham and Riley Meredith also went for big bucks at the auction. Following are the top uncapped players who secured high bids at the mini-auction for IPL 2021:

PlayerCountryTeamPrice
Krishnappa GowthamIndiaChennai Super KingsUSD1.2 million
Shahrukh KhanIndiaPunjab KingsUSD724k
Riley MeredithAustraliaPunjab KingsUSD1.1 million
Chetan SakariyaIndiaRajasthan RoyalsUSD165k

 

Surprise Unsold

While lesser-known cricketers like Shahrukh Khan saw their fortunes change at the IPL 2021 auction, big names such as Australia’s ODI and T20I captain Aaron Finch, New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson failed to attract any bid. Check out the top players who did not find any takers:


PlayerCountryBase Price
Aaron FinchAustraliaUSD207k
Jason RoyEnglandUSD276k
Hanuma VihariIndiaUSD69k
Alex HalesEnglandUSD207k
Adil RashidEnglandUSD207k
Marnus LabuschagneAustraliaUSD138k

 

Team News – Final Squads

A franchise from the Northern part of India created headlines even before the auction. Following the footsteps of Deccan Chargers and Delhi Daredevils, Kings XI Punjab rechristened itself as Punjab Kings. However, only time will tell if the change in name can change the team’s performance on the field.

Full squads of IPL franchises

Punjab Kings

KL Rahul (capt), Arshdeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Chris Jordan, Darshan Nalkande, Dawid Malan, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel, Jalaj Saxena, Jhye Richardson, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, Moises Henriques, Murugan Ashwin, Nicholas Pooran, Prabhsimran Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Riley Meredith, Sarfaraz Khan, Saurabh Kumar, Shahrukh Khan, Utkarsh Singh

Chennai Super Kings

MS Dhoni (capt), Ambati Rayudu, C Hari Nishanth, Cheteshwar Pujara, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Harisankar Reddy, Imran Tahir, Josh Hazlewood, K Bhagath Varma, K Gowtham, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Moeen Ali, Narayan Jagadeesan, R Sai Kishore, Ravindra Jadeja, Robin Uthappa, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Suresh Raina

Delhi Capitals

Shreyas Iyer (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Chris Woakes, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Lalit Yadav, Lukman Meriwala, Manimaran Siddharth, Marcus Stoinis, Praveen Dubey, Prithvi Shaw, R Ashwin, Ripal Patel, Rishabh Pant, Sam Billings, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Steven Smith, Tom Curran, Umesh Yadav, Vishnu Vinod

Kolkata Knight Riders

Eoin Morgan (capt), Andre Russell, Ben Cutting, Dinesh Karthik, Harbhajan Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Karun Nair, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Pat Cummins, Pawan Negi, Prasidh Krishna, Rahul Tripathi, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Tim Seifert, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakravathi, Venkatesh Iyer.

Mumbai Indians

Rohit Sharma (capt), Adam Milne, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Neesham, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Yudhvir Singh Charak

Rajasthan Royals

Sanju Samson (capt), Akash Singh, Andrew Tye, Anuj Rawat, Ben Stokes, Chetan Sakariya, Chris Morris, David Miller, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Kartik Tyagi, KC Cariappa, Kuldip Yadav, Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Mayank Markande, Mustafizur Rahman, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Shivam Dube, Shreyas Gopal, Yashasvi Jaiswal

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Virat Kohli (capt), AB de Villiers, Adam Zampa, Daniel Christian, Daniel Sams, Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell, Harshal Patel, Joshua Philippe, Kane Richardson, KS Bharat, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Rajat Patidar, Sachin Baby, Shahbaz Ahmed, Suyash Prabhudessai, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal

Sunrisers Hyderabad

David Warner (capt), Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jagadeesha Suchith, Jason Holder, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Kedar Jadhav, Khaleel Ahmed, Manish Pandey, Mitchell Marsh, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Priyam Garg, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, T Natarajan, Vijay Shankar, Virat Singh, Wriddhiman Saha

Uncertainty Looms Over IPL 2021 Venue

With all eight teams finalised, fans are eager to witness their favourite cricketers and teams lock horns on the field. The wait this year, however, is an intriguing one as it still remains unclear if IPL 2021 will be held in India or an alternate venue. BCCI conducted the premier franchise tournament in United Arab Emirates (UAE) last year.

IPL auction

The league was played at three different venues:  Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Dubai International Stadium, and Sharjah Cricket Stadium. While a final announcement on IPL 2021 venue is awaited, the BCCI is keen on holding the tournament in India.

Schedule

Since BCCI hasn’t yet decided upon the venue for IPL 2021, fans are now eagerly waiting for the schedule to come out. A successful mini-auction on 18 February made sure that both venue and schedule should be announced by BCCI shortly.

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