IPL 2021 auction has been one of the best in the history of the tournament. Never before, we have seen franchises bid so aggressively on players that they were targeting. This has resulted in some of the most expensive buys in IPL auctions ever.
Chris Morris who was released by Royal Challengers Bangalore was at the top of the list. RCB decided to buy him for a lesser price than 10 crore rupees that they spent on the South African.
But the talented all rounder went for a whopping 16.25 crore rupees breaking IPL records in the process. Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings and Mumbai Indians have all toiled hard to get Morris.
Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore managed to get Glenn Maxwell after a fierce bidding war with Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings. All the teams were eager to add all rounders to their squads. So whenever a quality all rounder came into the foray, franchises went extravagant and pulled strings of their purses.
Despite a poor IPL 2020, Royal Challengers Bangalore signed Maxwell for a record 14.25 crore. Moeen Ali was drafted into Chennai Super Kings squad after they manage to outbid Punjab Kings for 7 crore.
New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson was perhaps the most unknown entity in the bidding war. The 6ft 8in bowler was eventually signed by RCB for 15 crore rupees making him their expensive signing in IPL history.
After beaten in most of the big player deals, Punjab Kings managed to sign Australian pacer Jhye Richardson for 14 crore after warding off interest from other franchises. Later they added BBL star Riley Meredith for a whopping 8 crore.
Indian all rounder Krishnappa Gowtham has broken the record for the highest bid for an uncapped domestic player. He broke the record of Krunal Pandya after attracting a bid worth INR 9.25 crore from Chennai Super Kings.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad were once again the smartest buyers in the auction. Mumbai released Nathan Coulter Nile for 8 crore and resigned him for just INR 5 crores and added pacer Adam Milne for another 3.2 crore. They also signed Arjun Tendulkar as he was the last player to go under the hammer.
Sunrisers Hyderabad signed Kedar Jadhav and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (third Afghan player in the squad) to address some strength to their middle order and spin department. Harbhajan Singh went to KKR for his base price 2 crore.
Perhaps the most surprising moment came when Chennai Super Kings bid for Cheteshwar Pujara. The 3 time champions managed to sign him for his base price of 50L and there was a moment of applause by almost all the teams as a tribute to Pujara.