Indian Premier League season 2021 [IPL] is less than two months away but before that a mini auction will be held in Chennai on February 18th.
All eight franchises have already announced their respective retention rosters and in the process have released a plethora of high-profile players.
So at the next auction there will be a lot of superstars vying for a new franchise that includes three former captains.
Here’s a look at three past IPL auctions that will go under the hammer on February 18.
Glenn Maxwell, who led Kings XI Punjab at IPL 2017, returned to the KL Rahul-led franchise last year after being selected for a whopping Rs 10.75 crore in the 2019 auction.
However, the Australian swashbuckler turned out to be a colossal failure as he managed just 108 points in 13 games at an average of 15.42 and a strike rate of 101.88.
As a result, Maxwell was released from the franchise ahead of the auction and he will be looking for a new team on February 18.
Harbhajan Singh said goodbye to the Chennai Super Kings, led by MS Dhoni, after his contract expired.
Harbhajan, who ruled the Indians of Mumbai during the 2011 and 2012 seasons, was chosen by CSK in the 2018 auction.
He played for the “ yellow army ” during the 2018 and 2019 seasons, but withdrew from the last edition citing personal reasons.
Even though he has canceled his association with CSK, Harbhajan has made himself available for the 2021 season and he will be back on the auction table on February 18.
One of the main talking points after the release of the retention list was that the Rajasthan Royals let go of their skipper Steve Smith.
Steve Smith endured an unforgettable season with both a bat and a leader last year, ultimately leading the Rajasthan Royals to finish with a wooden spoon. Smith has only managed 311 games in 14 outings with an average of 25.91 and a strike rate of 131.22.
As a result, Smith, who previously helmed Rising Pune Supergiant and Rajasthan Royals, will be back on the auction table this year.
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