There was a strong demand for overseas pacers this year as well and three of the top 4 purchases in this auction were fast bowlers.
The Indian Premier League (IPL) auction was held in Chennai where a total of 57 players were sold to 8 teams. This is the last mini-auction in the current cycle with the next Mega auction scheduled for 2022. Next year two more teams will be added which will add new momentum to the IPL 10 auction. teams.
There was a strong demand for overseas pacers this year as well and three of the top 4 purchases in this auction were fast bowlers. The IPL mini-auction has plenty of surprises in store due to the special demand from the teams and this year was no different.
All key figures from the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction for the 2021 season:
16.25 – Chris Morris became the biggest purchase ever in IPL auction history, with the Rajasthan Royals paying a whopping INR 16.25 cr on the all-rounder Proteas. He passed Yuvraj Singh in this regard which was bought by Delhi Daredevils in 2015 for 16 crore. Last year Chris Morris was bought by RCB for 10 cr INR and came out for this season. RCB also made a bid for it in this auction, but only up to 10 cr INR.
9.25 – Krishnappa Gowtham has become the most expensive uncapped Indian player in IPL history. It was bought by CSK for 9.25 crore. Previously, Krunal Pandya held this record for being sold 8.8 cr INR in 2018 to Indians in Mumbai.
8 – Riley Meredith became the largest ever capped overseas buy in IPL auction history. The Punjab Kings team included him in their squad for 8 crore. Meredith, a fast bowler, had impressed with her performance in the Big Bash League.
46.25 – K Gowtham was sold 46.25 times its base price of 20 lakhs. This is the highest ratio ever between the sale price and a base price for this auction.
3 – Three players were purchased for a price of over 14 crore. This is the first time in an IPL auction that more than one player has been sold for a price of over 14 crore.
4 – Glenn maxwell and Chris Morris got bids from most of the teams (4) in this auction. There were six other players who received offers from 3 different teams.
2.2 – Steve Smith, who got 12.5 crore until last year as captain of the Rajasthan Royals, could only net 2.2 crore this year. It was purchased by Delhi Capitals this year with only one other offer from RCB.
45.3 – A total of approximately 45.3 crore has been spent on Glenn Maxwell per franchise over the years. This is the second highest sum for all players in the IPL auction. Only Yuvraj Singh (48.1 cr INR) won more at IPL auction than Maxwell.
No less than 57 players were purchased by the 8 franchises with 61 slots available. Of the 57 players, 22 are foreign players. Overall, 29 of the 57 players purchased in this auction are uncapped players.