Fifty-seven players were sold at the Indian Premier League auction on Thursday in Chennai, with all-rounders in particularly high demand.
South Africa’s Chris Morris, New Zealand’s Kyle Jamieson and Australia’s Glenn Maxwell drew the three highest bids at a record-breaking auction, with the latter two each going to Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Morris went to the Rajasthan Royals for INR 16.25 crore*, becoming the most expensive player ever signed at an IPL auction, breaking the INR 16 crore record set by Delhi when they bought Yuvraj Singh at the 2015 auction.
Jamieson and Maxwell picked up INR 15 crore and INR 14.25 crore respectively.
Morris and Jamieson’s deals are each worth more than USD 2 million on current exchange rates, while Maxwell’s is just short of that mark.
It was a big day for several Australians, with Jhye Richardson (INR 14 crore, Punjab Kings), Riley Meredith (INR 8 crore, Punjab Kings) and Nathan Coulter-Nile (INR 5 crore, Mumbai Indians) all among the 10 most expensive buys for the day.
All-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham (INR 9.25 crore, Chennai Super Kings) drew the highest bid for an Indian player, and was joined in the top 10 buys by compatriot Shahrukh Khan (INR 5.25 crore, Punjab Kings).
In other notable auction news, Australia’s Steve Smith was reunited with former national captain Ricky Ponting at the Delhi Capitals, while Arjun Tendulkar was signed by the Mumbai Indians – the team his father, Sachin Tendulkar, played six seasons for.
The party really has started again - Steve Smith is snapped up by Delhi Capitals in the IPL auction and is reunited with his 2011 World Cup captain Ricky Ponting 🇦🇺#CWC11Rewind pic.twitter.com/KVhIO5Kb05— ICC (@ICC) February 18, 2021
*One crore = 1,00,00,000 INR = 100 lakh
One lakh = 1,00,000 INR
TOP 10 BUYS
Chris Morris – South Africa – Rajasthan Royals – INR 16.25 crore
Kyle Jamieson – New Zealand – Royal Challengers Bangalore – INR 15 crore
Glenn Maxwell – Australia – Royal Challengers Bangalore – INR 14.25 crore
Jhye Richardson – Australia – Punjab Kings – INR 14 crore
Krishnappa Gowtham – India – Chennai Super Kings – INR 9.25 crore
Riley Meredith – Australia – Punjab Kings – INR 8 crore
Moeen Ali – England – Chennai Super Kings – INR 7 crore
Shahrukh Khan – India – Punjab Kings – INR 5.25 crore
Tom Curran – England – Delhi Capitals – INR 5.25 crore
Nathan Coulter-Nile – Australia – Mumbai Indian – INR 5 crore
How's that for numbers 💥💥— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) February 18, 2021
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SQUADS AND PURCHASES
Chennai Super Kings
Auction buys: K Gowtham (INR 9.25 crore), Moeen Ali (INR 7 crore), Cheteshwar Pujara (INR 50 lakh), K.Bhagath Varma (INR 20 lakh), C.Hari Nishaanth (INR 20 lakh), M.Harisankar Reddy (INR 20 lakh)
Full squad: MS Dhoni (capt), Ambati Rayudu, C Hari Nishanth, Cheteshwar Pujara, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Harisankar Reddy, Imran Tahir, Josh Hazlewood, K Bhagath Varma, K Gowtham, Karn Sharma, KM Asif, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Moeen Ali, Narayan Jagadeesan, R Sai Kishore, Ravindra Jadeja, Robin Uthappa, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Suresh Raina
Auction buys: Tom Curran (INR 5.25 crore), Steven Smith (INR 2.2 crore), Sam Billings (INR 2 crore), Umesh Yadav (INR 1 crore), Ripal Patel (INR 20 lakh), Vishnu Vinod (INR 20 lakh), Lukman Hussain Meriwala (INR 20 lakh), M Siddharth (INR 20 lakh)
Full squad: Shreyas Iyer (capt), Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Chris Woakes, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Lalit Yadav, Lukman Meriwala, Manimaran Siddharth, Marcus Stoinis, Praveen Dubey, Prithvi Shaw, R Ashwin, Ripal Patel, Rishabh Pant, Sam Billings, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Steven Smith, Tom Curran, Umesh Yadav, Vishnu Vinod
Kolkata Knight Riders
Auction buys: Shakib Al Hasan (INR 3.2 crore), Harbhajan Singh (INR 2 crore), Ben Cutting (INR 75 lakh), Karun Nair (INR 50 lakh), Pawan Negi (INR 50 lakh), Venkatesh Iyer (INR 20 lakh), Sheldon Jackson (INR 20 lakh), Vaibhav Arora (INR 20 lakh)
Full squad: Eoin Morgan (capt), Andre Russell, Ben Cutting, Dinesh Karthik, Harbhajan Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Karun Nair, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Pat Cummins, Pawan Negi, Prasidh Krishna, Rahul Tripathi, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Tim Seifert, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakravathi, Venkatesh Iyer
Auction buys: Nathan Coulter Nile (INR 5 crore), Adam Milne (INR 3.2 crore), Piyush Chawla (INR 2.4 crore), James Neesham (INR 50 lakh), Yudhvir Charak (INR 20 lakh), Marco Jansen (INR 20 lakh), Arjun Tendulkar (INR 20 lakh)
Full squad: Rohit Sharma (capt), Adam Milne, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, James Neesham, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Tiwary, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Yudhvir Singh Charak
A 𝗠𝗜ghty combination for the Summer of 21! 😎— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) February 18, 2021
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Auction buys: Jhye Richardson (INR 14 crore), Riley Meredith (INR 8 crore), Shahrukh Khan (INR 5.25 crore), Moises Henriques (INR 4.2 crore), Dawid Malan (INR 1.5 crore), Fabian Allen (INR 75 lakh), Jalaj Saxena (INR 30 lakh), Saurabh Kumar (INR 20 lakh), Utkarsh Singh (INR 20 lakh)
Full squad: KL Rahul (capt), Arshdeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Chris Jordan, Darshan Nalkande, Dawid Malan, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel, Jalaj Saxena, Jhye Richardson, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami, Moises Henriques, Murugan Ashwin, Nicholas Pooran, Prabhsimran Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Riley Meredith, Sarfaraz Khan, Saurabh Kumar, Shahrukh Khan, Utkarsh Singh
Auction buys: Chris Morris (INR 16.25 crore), Shivam Dube (INR 4.4 crore), Chetan Sakariya (INR 1.2 crore), Mustafizur Rahman (INR 1 crore), Liam Livingstone (INR 75 lakh), K.C Cariappa (INR 20 lakh), Akash Singh (INR 20 lakh), Kuldip Yadav (INR 20 lakh)
Full squad: Sanju Samson (capt), Akash Singh, Andrew Tye, Anuj Rawat, Ben Stokes, Chetan Sakariya, Chris Morris, David Miller, Jaydev Unadkat, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Kartik Tyagi, KC Cariappa, Kuldip Yadav, Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Mayank Markande, Mustafizur Rahman, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Shivam Dube, Shreyas Gopal, Yashasvi Jaiswal
𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗥𝗼𝘆𝗮𝗹𝘀 💗#HallaBol | #RoyalsFamily | #IPLAuction2021 pic.twitter.com/y73QoQ8GWv— Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) February 18, 2021
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Auction buys: Kyle Jamieson (INR 15 crore), Glenn Maxwell (INR 14.25 crore), Daniel Christian (INR 4.8 crore), Sachin Baby (INR 20 lakh), Rajat Patidar (INR 20 lakh), Mohammed Azharudeen (INR 20 lakh), Suyash Prabhudesai (INR 20 lakh), Kona Srikar Bharat (INR 20 lakh)
Full squad: Virat Kohli (capt), AB de Villiers, Adam Zampa, Daniel Christian, Daniel Sams, Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell, Harshal Patel, Joshua Philippe, Kane Richardson, KS Bharat, Kyle Jamieson, Mohammed Azharudeen, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Pavan Deshpande, Rajat Patidar, Sachin Baby, Shahbaz Ahmed, Suyash Prabhudessai, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal
Auction buys: Kedar Jadhav (INR 2 crore), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (INR 1.5 crore), J Suchith (INR 30 lakh)
Full squad: David Warner (capt), Abdul Samad, Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jagadeesha Suchith, Jason Holder, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Kedar Jadhav, Khaleel Ahmed, Manish Pandey, Mitchell Marsh, Mohammad Nabi, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Priyam Garg, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, T Natarajan, Vijay Shankar, Virat Singh, Wriddhiman Saha