Cricketers from around the world who had thrown their name into the 2021 IPL auction were glued to their television sets and phones to see how the auction would turn out. While COVID-19 has damaged multiple businesses across the world, they was no shortage of cash for IPL franchises who were willing to spend huge sums to pick up the players they wanted.
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Highest Paid Players At 2021 IPL Auction
It’s hard to predict how the IPL auction would turn out accurately as previous auctions have shown that some of the players who are expected to generate a lot of bidding action, get very little interest and players who are not big stars end up becoming big stars by getting a huge IPL paycheck.
Chris Morris: The player who literally broke the bank at the IPL auction was South African all-rounder who was picked up by the Rajasthan Royals after a fierce bidding war. There were four IPL franchises who were interested in Morris and it enabled his base price to increase by as much as 20x which saw him finally picked up for a whopping 16.5 crore rupees. This was the highest ever IPL bid in IPL history the previous being Yuvraj Singh for 16 crore in 2015.
Morris has previously paid for the Rajasthan Royals in 2015 and had a good season finishing as the joint highest wicket taker.
Glenn Maxwell: Virender Sehwag’s criticism of ‘The Big Show’ did not deter IPL franchises from going after the Australia T20 star. Maxwell had a base price of 2 crores and IPL pundits thought that given his poor showing in IPL tournaments, he would likely go for his base price or a little more.
However, there was a lot of interest in Glenn Maxwell as Chennai Super Kings looked very interested in adding them to their side. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) also went after Maxwell and in the end it was RCB who signed him after sealing the deal with a 14.25 crore buy.
Kyle Jamieson: was probably the biggest surprise for most IPL fans as the young Kiwi bowler generated massive interest in the auction. Indian fans will not know much about the young 26 year old who is 7 feet tall and bowls at a good pace. RCB ended up paying 15 crores to get Jamieson.
Other Players: Some of the other players who had a big payday at the 2021 IPL auction include K Gowtham who was picked up by CSK for 9.25 crores, Aussie pacer Riley Meredith who was signed by Punjab Kings for 8 crores. K Gowtham was the highest paid uncapped domestic player and Riley Meredith was the highest paid uncapped overseas player.
Punjab Kings also shelled out 14.25 crores to pick up Aussie fast bowler Jhye Richardson while CSK strengthened their overseas squad by paying out 7 crores for England all-rouner Mooen Ali.
Players Who Went Unsold
While it was a big payday for all of the above players, a number of big names did not find any takers at the auction. Hard hitting English openers Jason Roy and Alex Hales were surprisingly not picked up. Aussie T20 captain Aaron Finch who hasn’t been in the best of form was also not sold.
Alex Carey who is tipped to be the next Australian captain and is a great T20 player also went unsold. Shaun Marsh, Martin Guptill, Marnus Labuschagne, Mitchell McClenaghan and Matthew Wade were also unsold.
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