BCCI has not yet announced the IPL 2021 date but it is safe to assume that it will begin around the second week of April. Almost two months before the 14th edition of IPL begins, the players will participate in the IPL Auction 2021. The IPL 2021 auction date is set for 18th February, 2021 and the tension and excitement are high! Let us have a look at some interesting IPL 2021 auction details.
The mini-auction will be a one-day affair starting from 3 PM in Chennai. The IPL team owners are strictly to submit two negative RT-PCR tests to enter the venue of the IPL auction 2021. The audience can enjoy the IPL 2021 auction LIVE on multiple channels of Star Sports on Tata Sky. It will also be streamed LIVE on the digital platforms of Star Sports. We are sure that you wouldn’t want to miss out on the IPL 2021 auction details and therefore, even if you’re on the go, you can catch the auction live only on the Tata Sky Mobile App.
Initially, 1114 cricket players had registered for the IPL 2021 auction but the final list was closed at 292 players after the 8 franchises submitted their shortlisted players. A total of 164 Indian players, 125 international players and 3 players from Associate Nations will be up for grabs in the IPL auction 2021. The 292 cricket players will compete for 61 vacant slots at the IPL 2021 auction.
The 8 IPL franchises have to fortify their teams with a limited amount of purse value for the IPL 2021. Let us have a look at the amount each IPL team is ready to allot for the IPL auction 2021-
Chennai Super Kings: 19.9 crore
Delhi Capitals: 13.4 crore
Kings XI Punjab: 53.2 crore
Kolkata Knight Riders: 10.75 crore
Mumbai Indians: 15.35 crore
Royal Challengers Bangalore: 35.4 crore
Rajasthan Royals: 37.85 crore
From Indian to International, many seasoned cricket players are a part of the IPL 2021 auction. Let us have a look at some of the capped Indian cricket players in the IPL auction 2021:
1. Harbhajan Singh:
One of the leading wicket-keepers in the IPL history, Harbhajan Singh, is the most expensive player in IPL auction 2021. Harbhajan Singh’s IPL auction 2021 price is set at 2 crores, the highest bid in IPL. He has taken down 150 wickets in 160 IPL matches at an economy rate of just 7.05. Bhajji presented a good game in the IPL 2019 by taking 16 wickets in 11 matches and granting just 7.09 runs per over.
2. Kedar Jadhav
Along with Harbhajan Singh, Kedar Jadhav is the most expensive player in IPL auction 2021. Kedar Jadhav’s auction price for IPL 2021 is set at 2 crores as well. He has played 73 IPL matches until now and scored 1,052 runs with an average of 24.46 and a strike rate of 128.29.
3. Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav has played 82 limited over matches for India which include 75 ODIs and 7 T20Is. The exceptional right-arm fast bowler has scored 148 wickets in 148 T20 matches at a strike rate of 20.7. Yadav has the capability to surprise the batsmen with his raw speed and agility. This year, Umesh Yadav’s IPL auction price is set at 1 crore.
4. Cheteshwar Pujara
Chesteshwar Pujara has expressed his wish to earn fame in T20 cricket too. The New Wall Of India will be a good catch for any IPL team with a number of stroke masters. Cheteshwar Pujara’s IPL auction base price is set at 50 lakhs.
5. Piyush Chawla
One of the most iconic spinners in the IPL history, Piyush Chawla has picked 156 wickets in 164 matches. He is also a good attacking option for any IPL team in the middle overs. His well-rehearsed ‘doosra’ has proven troublesome for many accomplished batsmen even at the international level. Piyush Chawla is going up for grabs at the IPL auction 2021 with a base price of 50 lakhs.
6. Shivam Dube
Shivam Dube showcased an exceptional game throughout the last season of IPL. So far, he has played 11 IPL matches and scored 129 runs. Dube is an all-rounder who earned fame for his bold batting and bowling efforts. Looking at the fierce bidding he attracted last year, the same can be expected from IPL auction 2021. Shivam Dube is up for grabs at a base price of 50 lakhs.
1. Moeen Ali
Below is a list of some of the capped international cricket players in the IPL 2021 auction-
Regarded as England’s no. 1 spinner, Moeen Ali was released by Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of IPL 2021. He is a valuable player for any IPL team with his versatile left-handed batsmanship and fluent stroke play. Moeen Ali IPL price for IPL auction 2021 is set at 2 crores, the highest bid in IPL. He is one of the most expensive players in IPL 2021 auction along with some others.
2. Sheldon Cottrell
The West Indies player made his debut in IPL 2020 for Kings XI Punjab. In this last season, Cottrell picked up six wickets at an average of 29.33. This season, Sheldon Cottrell’s IPL auction price is set at 1 crore.
3. Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan has played 63 matches, scored 746 runs and has taken 59 wickets since his debut in the IPL. After a year-long ban from the ICC, the Bangladesh all-rounder is all set to make his comeback in international cricket. Shakib Al Hasan’s IPL price is set at 2 crores, making him one of the most expensive players in IPL auction 2021.
4. Jason Roy
Jason Roy had opted out of IPL 2020 after joining Delhi Capitals. This season, the right-handed batsman is all set to come back in the game! He has made it to the list of most expensive players in IPL auction 2021. Jason Roy’s IPL price at the auction is set at 2 crores, the highest bid in IPL.