After a lull first set of players in the IPL 2021 auction, currently underway in Chennai, in which only one player, Steve Smith was sold, things picked up speed in the second set of players which was filled with all-rounders.
There were seven all-rounders up for sale, the only Indian all-rounder, Kedar Jadhav went unsold. He had set his base price at INR 2 Cr but failed to get a buyer.
However, the set started off quite hot with Australia’s Glenn Maxwell being the first name. There was a healthy bidding war between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challenger Bangalore, which reached dizzying heights. Finally, Royal Challengers Bangalore won the bid with an INR 14.25 Cr price.
Shakib-Al-Hasan from Bangladesh returned home to Kolkata Knight Riders who bought him for INR 3.20 Cr. India’s Shivam Dube also got a relatively high bid, as he was bought by Rajasthan Royals for INR 4.40 Cr.
After losing the bidding war for Glenn Maxwell, Chennai Super Kings were successful in buying England all-rounder Moeen Ali, who got a final bid from CSK of INR 7 Cr.
England’s Dawid Malan, the no.1 ranked ICC T20I batsman, was bought at his base price by Punjab Kings for INR 1.50 crore.
However, the man who created history in the IPL 2021 auction was South African all-rounder Chris Morris. Morris started a dizzying bidding way which broke all previous records for overseas players as Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore went all out to buy him.
Ultimately, Morris found his home at Rajasthan Royals for INR 16.25 Cr, becoming the most expensive foreign player in IPL history, beating Australia’s Pat Cummins’ record of INR 15.5 Cr.
Here is how the second set of the players went:
1. Glenn Maxwell (Base Price- INR 2 Cr) – Sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 14.25 Cr
2. Kedar Jadhav (Base Price- INR 2 Cr) - UNSOLD
3. Shakib-Al-Hasan (Base Price- INR 2 Cr) - Sold to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for INR 3.20 Cr
4. Moeen Ali (Base Price- INR 2 Cr) – Sold to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) for INR 7.00 Cr
5. Shivam Dube (Base Price- INR 50 L) - Sold to Rajasthan Royals (RR) for INR 4.40 Cr
6. Chris Morris- (Base Price- INR 75 L) – Sold to Rajasthan Royals (RR) for INR 16.25 Cr
7. Dawid Malan (Base Price- INR 1.50 Cr) - Sold to Punjab Kings (PBKS) for INR 1.50 Cr