It was a red-letter day at the IPL 2021 player auction. Chris Morris, Krishnappa Gowtham and Riley Meredith broke the bank and created history in their own right in Chennai on Thursday (February 18).
Morris became the most expensive player in the history of the IPL auction after the Rajasthan Royals shelled out a whopping INR 16.25 crore for the Proteas all-rounder.
Gowtham became the most expensive uncapped player in IPL history – sold to the Chennai Super Kings for 9.25 crore. Meredith earned a similar tag in the overseas category as the Punjab Kings snapped him up for 8 crore.
In the platinum league, Chris Morris was followed by Kyle Jamieson (RCB), Glenn Maxwell (RCB) and Jhye Richardson (PBKS), who were bought for 15 crore, 14.25 crore and 14 crore respectively.
A total of 298 players were a part of the proceedings, and the Kings XI Punjab bought a maximum of 9 players by virtue of starting the auction with the biggest purse worth 53.2 crore. RR and RCB went in with budgets of 37.85 crore and 35.4 crore respectively and came away with 8 players each.
Full squad lists of each IPL 2021 franchise
Mumbai Indians (IPL 2020 – Champions)
The Mumbai Indians spent INR 11.7 crore, and bought 4 overseas and 3 Indian players.
New overseas buys: Adam Milne (3.2 crore), Nathan Coulter-Nile (5 crore), James Neesham (50 lakh), Marco Jansen (20 lakh)
New Indian buys: Piyush Chawla (2.4 crore), Yudhvir Charak (20 lakh), Arjun Tendulkar (20 lakh)
Retained players: Rohit Sharma, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Mohsin Khan
Delhi Capitals (IPL 2020 – Runner-up)
The Delhi Capitals spent INR 11.25 crore, and bought 3 overseas and 5 Indian players.
New overseas buys: Steve Smith (2.2 crore), Tom Curran (5.25 crore), Sam Billings (2 crore),
New Indian buys: Umesh Yadav (1 crore), Ripal Patel (20 lakh), Vishnu Vinod (20 lakh), Lukman Meriwala (20 lakh), M Siddharth (20 lakh),
Retained players: Shreyas Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Prithvi Shaw, R Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Daniel Sams, Pravin Dubey, Chris Woakes
SunRisers Hyderabad (IPL 2020 – Third place)
The SunRisers Hyderabad spent INR 3.8 crore, and bought 1 overseas and 2 Indian players.
New overseas buys: Mujeeb Ur Rahman (1.5 crore)
New Indian buys: Jagadeesha Suchith (30 lakh), Kedar Jadhav (2 crore)
Retained players: David Warner, Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Mitchell Marsh, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad
Royal Challengers Bangalore (IPL 2020 – Fourth place)
The Royal Challengers Bangalore spent INR 35.05 crore, and bought 3 overseas and 5 Indian players.
New overseas buys: Glenn Maxwell (14.25 crore), Kyle Jamieson (15 crore), Daniel Christian (4.8 crore),
New Indian buys: Sachin Baby (20 lakh), Rajat Patidar (20 lakh), Mohammed Azharuddeen (20 lakh), Suyash Prabhudessai (20 lakh), K.S Bharat (20 lakh)
Retained players: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Md. Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Joshua Phillipe, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson
Kolkata Knight Riders (IPL 2020 – Fifth place)
The Kolkata Knight Riders spent INR 7.55 crore, and bought 2 overseas and 6 Indian players.
New overseas buys: Shakib Al Hasan (3.2 crore), Ben Cutting (75 lakh)
New Indian buys: Sheldon Jackson (20 lakh), Vaibhav Arora (20 lakh), Karun Nair (50 lakh), Harbhajan Singh (2 crore), Venkatesh Iyer (20 lakh), Pawan Negi (50 lakh)
Retained players: Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Tim Seifert
Punjab Kings (IPL 2020 – Sixth place)
The Punjab Kings spent INR 34.5 crore, and bought 5 overseas and 4 Indian players.
New overseas buys: Dawid Malan (1.5 crore), Jhye Richardson (14 crore), Riley Meredith (8 crore), Moises Henriques (4.2 crore), Fabian Allen (75 lakh)
New Indian buys: Shahrukh Khan (5.25 crore), Jalaj Saxena (30 lakh), Utkarsh Singh (20 lakh), Saurabh Kumar (20 lakh)
Retained players: KL Rahul, Arshdeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Darshan Nalkande, Harpreet Brar, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Mohd. Shami, M Ashwin, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Chris Jordan, Prabhsimran Singh
Chennai Super Kings (IPL 2020 – Seventh place)
The Chennai Super Kings spent INR 17.35 crore, and bought 1 overseas and 5 Indian players.
New overseas buys: Moeen Ali (7 crore)
New Indian buys: Krishnappa Gowtham (9.25 crore), Cheteshwar Pujara (50 lakh), M. Harisankar Reddy (20 lakh), K. Bhagvath Varma (20 lakh), C. Hari Nishaanth (20 lakh)
Retained players: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran, Josh Hazlewood, R Sai Kishore
Rajasthan Royals (IPL 2020 – Eighth place)
The Rajasthan Royals spent INR 24.2 crore, and bought 3 overseas and 5 Indian players.
New overseas buys: Chris Morris (16.25 crore), Mustafizur Rahman (1 crore), Liam Livingstone (75 lakh),
New Indian buys: Shivam Dube (4.4 crore), Chetan Sakariya (1.2 crore), K.C Cariappa (20 lakh), Kuldip Yadav (20 lakh), Akash Singh (20 lakh)
Retained players: Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Mayank Markande, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Robin Uthappa, Jaydev Unadkat, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, David Miller, Andrew Tye