From Dube to Vihari: successes and failures of the 2021 IPL auction


Harbhajan Singh (Kolkata Knight Riders) Rs 2 crore: Harbhajan Singh, IPL’s fifth-highest wicket taker, went to Kolkata Knight Riders for its base price of Rs 2 crore. Harbhajan was part of the Chennai Super Kings during IPL 2020 but withdrew from the league for personal reasons. Singh started his IPL career with Mumbai Indians before joining CSK in 2018. Harbhajan has won the IPL title four times – 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2018.

Kedar Jadhav (Sunrisers Hyderabad) Rs 2 crore: Jadhav was released by the Chennai Super Kings after a poor run in IPL 2020. At the 2020-21 Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, Jadhav completed 193 runs in five innings at a hit rate of 132. An unbeaten 45-ball 84 against Chhattisgarh propelled Maharashtra to victory in a race of 192. Despite struggling last season, Sunrisers Hyderabad is hoping to benefit from Jadhav’s overall prowess.

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Shivam Dube (Rajasthan Royals) Rs 4.4 crore: Shivam Dube, which was signed for Rs 5 crore, was released by the Royal Challengers Bangalore this year. Dube was Mumbai’s top scorer in the 2020-21 Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy with 161 points in five innings at a strike rate of 138.79. Dube’s ability to use the long grip coupled with a knack for picking wickets at crucial times will keep Rajasthan Royals in good stead.

Piyush Chawla (Mumbai Indians) Rs 2.4 crore: Chawla was picked by Chennai Super Kings last year but was released ahead of this year’s auction after a rather forgettable spectacle at IPL 2020. MI’s cricket director Zaheer Khan believes that Chawla’s experience prompted the team to opt for the spinner. MI will be the fourth IPL team he will play for; after representing Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings before.

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Hanuma Vihari (Rs 1 crore): Vihari, who had placed under Rs 1 crore, was one of the most expensive Indian players offered in the IPL 2021 auction. Vihari previously played for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2013, 2015 and was also featured in the Delhi Capitals list in 2019. Out of 24 IPL matches, he has 284 races and a one stop shop to his name.

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