Three oldest players picked up at the IPL 2021 auctions:
#3 Kedar Jadhav (35 years and 329 days)
Kedar Jadhav had a disastrous IPL season with the Chennai Super Kings in the UAE last year. Despite multiple opportunities, Jadhav struggled to middle the ball and failed miserably while donning the yellow jersey in the IPL last campaign.
Expectedly, the Super Kings let go of the experienced campaigner ahead of the 2021 IPL auction.
With the player not performing in the IPL since 2018, franchises hesitated snap up the 35-year-old. Eventually, the SunRisers Hyderabad bought Kedar Jadhav at his base price of Rs 2 crore, potentially giving the player a lifeline to resurrect his flagging T20 fortunes.
#2 Daniel Christian (37 years and 290 days)
Australian all-rounder Daniel Christian starred with his clean-hitting in the Big Bash League 2020-21, playing a key role for champions Sydney Sixers.
That probably explains the Australian's return to the IPL after three years. The last played in the competition for the Delhi Capitals (then called the Delhi Daredevils) in 2018.
The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had an intense bidding war for Daniel Christian's services. However, RCB beat KKR with a Rs 4.8 crore bid.
Christian has previously played for the Bangalore-based IPL franchise in 2013. It will be exciting to see how things pan out eight years later.
#1 Harbhajan Singh (40 years and 230 days)
The only played aged 40 to receive a deal at the 2021 IPL Auction 2021 is Harbhajan Singh. The veteran Indian off-spinner will play for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Singh played ten seasons for the Mumbai Indians before switching to the Chennai Super Kings in 2018.
The 40-year-old player went unsold in the initial round of the 2021 IPL auctions. However, the Kolkata Knight Riders decided to rope in the services of the veteran off-spinner, doing so at his base price of Rs 2 crore.
Harbhajan Singh has played many IPL games at the Eden Gardens, but not for the Kolkata Knight Riders. After a year's absence from the competition, the 40-year-old will look to hit the ground running for his new team.