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IPL Auction 2021: Examining The Top 5 Expensive Buys

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The IPL 2021 Auction was held in Chennai on 18th February. The auction saw some surprising buys which included the familiar likes of Christopher Morris, Glenn Maxwell, K Gowtham, Jhye Richardson, and newbie Kyle Jamieson fetching big bucks. Let’s have a look at the top 5 expensive buys of the IPL 2021 auction

Chris Morris was signed by RCB for a whopping 16.25 crores (Image Source: TOI Twitter)

Top 5 Buys of the Auction

1. Chris Morris – Rs. 16.25 Crore (RR)

2. Kyle Jameison – Rs. 15 Crore (RCB)

3. Glenn Maxwell – Rs. 14.25 Crore (RCB)

4. Jhye Richardson – Rs. 14 Crore (Punjab Kings)

5. K. Gowtham – Rs. 9.25 Crore (CSK)

#1. Chris Morris (RR- 16.25 crores):

The South African international was a hot property in the 2021 auctions and is the most expensive buy in the IPL history ever. He was snapped up by Rajasthan Royals for a whopping 16.25 crore which is 25 Lakhs more than the price of Yuvraj Singh who was sold at the 2015 Auction for 16 Crore. Chris Morris had a good outing in the IPL 2020 season with Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The South African international has an aggregate of 550 runs and has scalped 80 wickets in 70 matches. He was picked up by RCB in the previous auction where he had impressed everyone with his yorkers at death bowling having scalped out 11 wickets with an impressive economy rate of 6.6. But he was released subsequently due to injury concerns. Rajasthan Royals showed faith and went on to spend big bucks to secure his services for the 2021 season. Thanks to his abilities to bowl yorkers in the death overs, and being able to hit sixes as a finisher. Thus it will be entertaining to watch how this all-rounder fits in the Rajasthan’s bill, who are desperate for their second IPL title.

 

#2. Kyle Jamieson (RCB- 15 Crores):

Like the hype that preceded this auction, the 26-year-old lad from New Zealand took the IPL 2021 by storm. Kyle Jamieson, a towering fast bowler has played 6 Tests, 2 ODIs, and 4 T20Is for New Zealand. It was still very surprising when Royal Challengers Bangalore forked out a hefty price of 15 Crores to acquire the services of this Kiwi all-rounder.

Jamieson made his international debut against India in February 2020 in the ODI series, and overall the kiwi has bagged 54 wickets in his 28 T20s and scored 190 runs at an average of 25. Royal Challengers Bangalore had an important task to sort out their middle-order concern, which forced them to go for lucrative options. At long last, the Royal Challengers looks consolidated after this addition. Hope this latest acquisition fetches good results for the Bengaluru-based franchise.

 

#3. Glenn Maxwell (RCB- 14.25 crores):

Glenn Maxwell and his bromance with the auction battle once again continued at the IPL Auction 2021. Like every year, the experienced Aussie all-rounder instigated bidding wars among teams. But the Aussie had been enduring a tough time with the IPL franchises, besides being one of the best all-rounders in International Feature. It was a matter of desperation for the Aussie who was picked up by KXIP previously for 10 Crores but just scored 108 runs off 106 balls, failing to hit even one six in the tournament.

But teams have kept a strong faith in him and went on to buy him this time as well. Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals began the bidding war for Maxwell before Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings made it a four-way race. Finally, Royal Challengers Bangalore had their last laugh after acquiring this power-hitting all-rounder for a whopping 14.25 Crores. This signing might assist the Royal Challengers to address their concerns, and hopefully, Maxwell will be looking forward to playing with Virat & co.

 

#4. Jhye Richardson (PBKS- 14 crores):

The Australian fast Bowler was one of another expensive buys in the 2021 IPL auction. Punjab Kings who had the highest purse of 53 crores, came into the Auction with new dreams after changing their team name and logo. The Punjab-based Franchise paid 14 crores for someone who’s a newbie to the Indian playing conditions. But the Punjab franchise who had a sloppy 2020 season, will be now aiming to compete for the top-spots this time.

The 24-year-old had a fantabulous BBL season with Perth Scorchers. He was the leading wicket-taker who scalped 29 wickets from 17 games at an economy rate of 7.69. It will be interesting to watch him on screens and hope Punjab reaps out their fortunes with their latest acquisition.

 

#5. Krishnappa Gowtham (CSK- 9.25 Crores):

The uncapped prospect from Karnataka has turned out to be one of the most expensive buys of the IPL 2021 Auction. Chennai Super Kings emerged to become the top contender to bag the services of the Karnataka lad. Gowtham became the highest-earning uncapped player in IPL auction history after CSK scrapped out a whopping amount of 9.25 crores.

Gowtham played only two games for Punjab in the 2020 season and picked up just one wicket. He featured in four Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy games for Karnataka, just picking up four wickets. But CSK has put all faith in him, and we will just have to wait and watch how this young all-rounder fits the bill at Chennai Super Kings.

 

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