The five most expensive players bought at the IPL Auction 2021 cost their franchises the equivalent of around R138-million.
We saw two new entries into the top five all-time auction fees thanks to the enormous sums splashed out on Chris Morris and Kyle Jamieson.
Uncapped 32-year-old allrounder Krishnappa Gowtham commanded the biggest fee for an Indian player at the auction.
The five most expensive players bought at the IPL Auction 2021
Rajasthan Royals – Chris Morris – All-Rounder – ₹16,25,00,000
In two Previous auctions, Morris has commanded combined fees close to $2-million but the bidding war on the Proteas veteran caught a few people off-guard.
There have even been suggestions that franchises intentionally drove up Morris’ price to ensure their rivals had less to spend later in the auction.
Morris is clearly a sought-after talent though despite not playing for South Africa since the 2019 World Cup. He was impressive in both the 2020 IPL and the 2020/21 Big Bash League.
He will often deliver four overs at the cost of less than 20 runs an ability that is worth some serious bank
Royal Challengers Bangalore – Kyle Jamieson – All-Rounder – ₹15,00,00,000
RCB tried and failed to land Morris and instead went for Black Caps allrounder Kyle Jamieson, a player in a similar mould.
Clearly trying to address their infamously unbalanced side with allround talents, RCB splashed the cash and have two entrants into the top five.
Jamieson enjoyed a breakout year with the Black Caps in 2020 including stellar performances against India in his debut ODI series. He has been in good form in New Zealand’s Super Smash with Auckland and claimed ten-fer in his most recent international outing, a Test match against Pakistan.
Royal Challengers Bangalore – Glenn Maxwell – All-Rounder- ₹14,25,00,000
For a few hours Glenn Maxwell was the fifth most expensive player bought at an IPL auction before RCB outdid themselves with their purchase of Jamieson.
Maxwell needs no introduction to most cricket fans but hasn’t always produced the goods come IPL time.
At RCB Maxwell could thrive, having the pressure on him alleviated by the presence of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers, the latter being an idol of the big-hitting Aussie.
Punjab Kings – Jhye Richardson – Bowler – ₹14,00,00,000
Australia’s baby-faced speed demon Richardson was also caught off-guard by the massive fee paid for him by the newly renamed Punjab Kings.
Richardson has made a name for himself thanks to rapid promotion to the Australia T20I side and has even threatened to break up the Baggy Green superstar trio of Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood at Test level.
Accurate, fast and well-versed in the art of T20 bowling, Richardson could prove to be a huge buy for the team formerly known as the Kings XI Punjab.
Chennai Super Kings – Krishnappa Gowtham – All-Rounder ₹9,25,00,000
Something of an IPL journeyman, Krishnappa Gowtham will turn out for his fifth franchise in 2021.
CSK could only spring for one overseas player having retained all but one of the eight deployed in 2020, with veteran Proteas spinner Imran Tahir the man to go. That means CSK were focused on Indian talent and made a smart buy in Gowtham.
Gowtham hasn’t done enough to earn an India call but is certainly capable of winning or at least turning matches in the IPL with either his spin or his bat.