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Australian cricketers Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Moises Henriques and Steve Smith have featured in the latest Indian Premier League auction held in Chennai on Thursday 18 Feb.
Eight IPL franchises spent Rs.145.30 crore to buy 57 players, including 22 from overseas.
As expected, the auction turned out to be a bowler-friendly one, with five of the top eight buys being either bowlers or bowling all-rounders.
The Aussies in the IPL
In news regarding Australian players, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) made big moves, shelling out Rs 14.25 crore on Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, just over seven times his base price of Rs.2 crore. Maxwell, 32, was earlier released by Punjab Kings – formerly Kings XI Punjab – who had bought him for Rs. 10.75 crore for the 2020 edition.
Australia pace bowler Jhye Richardson, 24, also hit the jackpot, fetching Rs 14 crore from Punjab Kings after attracting interest from Mumbai Indians (MI) and RCB. His base price was Rs.1.5 crore.
Australia’s uncapped pace bowler Riley Meredith (base price: Rs 40 lakh) went to Punjab Kings for Rs 8 crore in what was a 20-time jump from his base price. Punjab Kings also bought Aussie all-rounder Moises Henriques for Rs 4.2 crore.
Australian Nathan Coulter-Nile, who was released by MI, was picked by them again for Rs 5 crore.
Australian batsman Steve Smith (base price: Rs.2 crore) was picked for Rs 2.2 crore by Delhi Capitals (DC).
“It was just incredible to get Steve Smith,” DC co-owner Parth Jindal said. “We are shocked he went only for Rs 2.2 crore, but to get a player of the calibre of Smith, it’s going to add a lot to our squad, a lot to our balance – his leadership, his batting, his experience, everything. Everyone associated with Delhi is just thrilled.”
DC is yet to win an IPL title in 13 attempts. It reached the final last year but lost to Mumbai Indians.
Smith, 31, led Rajasthan Royals in the 2019 and 2020 IPL, and was released before the auction that took place in Chennai.
South African fast bowling all-rounder Chris Morris, picked up by the Rajasthan Royals, set an all-time record of Rs.16.25 crore in the IPL, beating Yuvraj Singh’s Rs.16 crore, a price that Delhi Daredevils had paid to buy him in 2015. Morris, 33, thus, automatically became the highest earning foreign player in the IPL. (He pushed Australian fast bowler Pat Cummins, bought for Rs.15.5 crore by Kolkata Knight Riders last year, to the second place.)
Morris, 33, bagged 11 wickets in nine matches for RCB in 2020 IPL.
Indian domestic players also hit gold, with Tamil Nadu youngster Shahrukh Khan, who impressed with his hard-hitting in the T20 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, being bought by Punjab Kings for Rs.5.25 crore – over 26 times his base price of Rs.20 lakh.
Krishnappa Gowtham, Karnataka’s off-spinner and lower-order batsman, was bought for Rs 9.25 crore by Chennai Super Kings. His reserve price was Rs.20 lakh as he went over 45 times his base price.
India all-rounder Shivam Dube, who was released by RCB, was bought by RR for 4.4 crore. His base price was Rs.50 lakh. RR also bought 22-year-old Saurashtra bowler Chetan Sakariya for Rs 1.2 crore.
RCB turned out to be the most profligate in their spend, forking out as much as 99 per cent of their kitty. (They began with Rs. 35.4 crore, and are the most drained-out franchise with just Rs 35 lakh left over).
The IPL’s next season is likely to be played in India and is scheduled to begin in April, after the ongoing home series against England.
LIST OF PLAYERS SOLD AND UNSOLD
Sold players (with buying price):
Chennai Super Kings
- Krishnappa Gowtham (all-rounder) Rs 9.25 crore
- Moeen Ali (all-rounder) Rs 7 crore
- Cheteshwar Pujara (batsman) Rs 50 lakh
- K. Bhagath Varma (all-rounder) Rs 20 lakh
- C. Hari Nishaanth (batsman) Rs 20 lakh
- M. Harisankar Reddy (Bowler) Rs 20 lakh
- Tom Curran (all-rounder) Rs. 5.25 crore
- Steven Smith (batsman) Rs 2.2 crore
- Sam Billings (wicketkeeper-batsman) Rs 2 crore
- Umesh Yadav (bowler) Rs 1 crore
- Ripal Patel (all-rounder) Rs 20 lakh
- Vishnu Vinod (wicketkeeper-batsman) Rs 20 lakh
- Lukman Meriwala (bowler) Rs 20 lakh
- M Siddharth (bowler) Rs 20 lakh
Kolkata Knight Riders
- Shakib Al Hasan (all-rounder) Rs 3.2 crore
- Harbhajan Singh (bowler) Rs 2 crore
- Ben Cutting (all-rounder) Rs 75 lakh
- Karun Nair (batsman) Rs 50 lakh
- Pawan Negi (all-rounder) Rs 50 lakh
- Venkatesh Iyer (all-rounder) Rs 20 lakh
- Sheldon Jackson (wicketkeeper-batsman) Rs 20 lakh
- Vaibhav Arora (bowler) Rs 20 lakh
- Nathan Coulter-Nile (bowler) Rs 5 crore
- Adam Milne (bowler) Rs 3.2 crore
- Piyush Chawla (bowler) Rs 2.4 crore
- James Neesham (all-rounder) Rs 50 lakh
- Yudhvir Charak (all-rounder) Rs 20 lakh
- Marco Jansen (all-rounder) Rs 20 lakh
- Arjun Tendulkar (all-rounder) Rs 20 lakh
Kings XI Punjab
- Jhye Richardson (bowler) Rs.14 crore
- Riley Meredith (bowler) Rs 8 crore
- Shahrukh Khan (all-rounder) Rs 5.25 crore
- Moises Henriques (all-rounder) Rs 4.2 crore
- Dawid Malan (all-rounder) Rs 1.5 crore
- Fabian Allen (all-rounder) Rs 75 lakh
- Jalaj Saxena (all-rounder) Rs 30 lakh
- Saurabh Kumar (all-rounder) Rs 20 lakh
- Utkarsh Singh (all-rounder) Rs 20 lakh
- Chris Morris (all-rounder) Rs 16.25 crore
- Shivam Dube (all-rounder) Rs 4.4 crore
- Chetan Sakariya (bowler) Rs 1.2 crore
- Mustafizur Rahman (bowler) Rs 1 crore
- Liam Livingstone (all-rounder) Rs 75 lakh
- K.C. Cariappa (bowler) Rs 20 lakh
- Akash Singh (bowler) Rs 20 lakh
- Kuldip Yadav (bowler) Rs 20 lakh
Royal Challengers Bangalore
- Kyle Jamieson (all-rounder) Rs.15 crore
- Glenn Maxwell (all-rounder) Rs.14.25 crore
- Dan Christian (all-rounder) Rs 4.8 crore
- Sachin Baby (batsman) Rs 20 lakh
- Rajat Patidar (batsman) Rs 20 lakh
- Mohammed Azharuddeen (wicketkeeper-batsman) Rs 20 lakh
- Suyash Prabhudesai (all-rounder) Rs 20 lakh
- KS Bharat (wicketkeeper-batsman) Rs 20 lakh
- Kedar Jadhav (all-rounder) Rs 2 crore
- Mujeeb Zadran (bowler) Rs 1.5 crore
- J Suchith (bowler) Rs 30 lakh
Unsold players (cut off Rs 1 crore base price)
- Jason Roy (batsman) Rs 2 crore
- Morne Morkel (bowler) Rs 1.5 crore
- Alex Hales (batsman) Rs 1.5 crore
- Alex Carey (wicketkeeper-batsman) Rs 1.5 crore
- Adil Rashid (bowler) Rs 1.5 crore
- Shaun Marsh (batsman) Rs 1.5 crore
- David Willey (all-rounder) Rs 1.5 crore
- Lewis Gregory (all-rounder) Rs 1.5 crore
- Aaron Finch (batsman) Rs 1 crore
- Evin Lewis (batsman) Rs 1 crore
- Hanuma Vihari (batsman) Rs 1 crore
- Sheldon Cottrell (bowler) Rs 1 crore
- Mushfiqur Rahim (wicketkeeper-batsman) Rs 1 crore
- Marnus Labuschagne (all-rounder) Rs.1 crore
- Jason Behrendorff (bowler) Rs.1 crore
- Billy Stanlake (bowler) Rs 1 crore
- Matthew Wade (wicketkeeper-batsman) Rs 1 crore
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