IPL 2021 Auctions: 5 players for whom franchises broke the bank
All-rounder Chris Morris became the most expensive player not only in the IPL 2021 auctions but in the history of the league, overtaking Yuvraj Singh, after he received a bid of INR 16.25 crore from Rajasthan Royals.
Chris Morris (RR) 16.25 crore
Chris Morris had been quite expensive in the last edition of the IPL as well when he was bagged by Royal Challengers Bangalore. Morris started off on a good note but his returns tapered off as the season moved forward.
Released by RCB ahead of the IPL 2021 auctions, Chris Morris pocketed a record bid of INR 16.25 crore and went to Rajasthan Royals. Before Morris, Yuvraj Singh was the costliest buy in the IPL at 16 crore.
Morris had set his base price at just INR 75 lakhs but was finally picked up for several times of that. He has featured in 70 IPL matches and has scored 51 runs, striking at 157.87. The South African all-rounder has also picked up 80 wickets in the tournament at an economy of 7.81.
Kyle Jamieson (RCB) 15 crore
It was expected that New Zealand pace bowling all rounder Kyle Jamieson would attract buyers in IPL 2021 auctions but that he would become the second most expensive player, being bought for INR 15 crore by Royal Challengers Bangalore, was hardly expected.
The 26-year-old has played just four T20Is and is yet to score a run in T20 Internationals. Moreover, he has not played a single international match outside the familiar conditions of New Zealand. This is why it came as a massive surprise when RCB went that far for him.
Jamieson has played 38 domestic T20 matches, scoring runs at an average of 27.14 and a strike rate of 138.68. He also has 54 scalps at 25.59 and an economy rate just under 8.
Jamieson made his International debut in the test series against India in February 2020 and put on a good show. He was impressive in the T20Is against Pakistan and West Indies as well but to shell out 15 crore for a player of unproven credentials seems a bit too much.
Glenn Maxwell (RCB) 14.25 crore
It is not a surprise anymore that Glenn Maxwell keeps failing in the IPL and continues to bag big bucks from the franchises. Maxwell could manage just 108 runs in the last edition of the IPL at an average of 15.42 and failed to hit a single six in the tournament. As expected, he was released by Kings XI Punjab ahead of the IPL 2021 auctions.
His performances did not seem to matter though as he caused another bidding war and was finally purchased just 75 lakhs short of the 15 crore mark. Maxwell has a lot of promise and has shown that time and again in T20 International cricket. If only he can convert that promise into performances, the 14.25 crore will be worth it.
Jhye Richardson (PK) 14 crore
After finishing as the highest wicket taker in the recently concluded Big Bash League, Australia's medium pacer Jhye Richardson went to Punjab Kings (previously Kings XI Punjab) for 14 crore. Richardson is fundamentally a swing bowler but is fast learning the tricks of the T20 trade.
Richardson has picked up 78 wickets from 62 T20s in his career till now with the best of 4/19. He has an average of 22.85 and an economy of 7.87 and can also hit the long ball. He averages over 25 with the bat while striking at 137.71.
Krishnappa Gowtham (CSK) 9.25 crore
Krishnappa Gowtham featured in just 2 matches for Kings XI Punjab in the last edition. That though did not dictate his IPL auction price of 9.25 crore as he went to Chennai Super Kings.
The MS Dhoni-led side had released Harbhajan Singh and Karn Sharma and were in need of spinners who could also handle themselves with the bat. This led to CSK going after Moeen Ali.
As an Indian alternative, the team roped in Krishnappa Gowtham, who can really strike it big and can also bowl in the power play. Given the price tag, the all-rounder will have added responsibility on his shoulders.
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