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Top three buys of IPL 2021 Auction

February 19, 2021

Written By,

Payel Gosh

The IPL 2021 auction took place in Chennai this Thursday, February 18. The event witnessed a number of high-profile deals. South African all-rounder Chris Morris became the most expensive player in the history of the Itournament, as the Rajasthan Royals bought him for 16.25 crores. Riley Meredith became the most expensive uncapped overseas player ever. Glenn Maxwell, Krishnappa Gowtham and Jhye Richardson induced bidding wars, while some former IPL stars like Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh could not find any buyers. 

Check the top three buys of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 auction:

1. Chris Morris (Rajasthan Royals) - Rs 16.25 crores

The South African all-rounder broke all records as he became the most expensive signing in the history of the Indian Premier League. The Proteas cricketer surpassed Yuvraj Singh, who was signed for Rs 16 crore by Delhi Daredevils in 2015. He played in 70 IPL games and scored 551 runs at a strike-rate of 157.88. He has also claimed 80 wickets at an economy of 7.81. Morris, who was a part of the RCB last season, took 11 wickets at an economy of 6.63.

2. Kyle Jamieson (Royal Challengers Bangalore) - Rs 15 crores

Royal Challengers Bangalore bought New Zealand all-rounder Kyle Jamieson for Rs 15 crore. Jamieson has featured in 6 Tests, 2 ODIs and 4 T20Is for New Zealand. The Kiwi pacer made his T20I debut against West Indies in November 2020. In 38 T20 games, Jamieson has scalped 54 wickets at an economy of 7.98. His record-breaking IPL salary among all New Zealand players was one of the most significant talking points of the auction.

3. Glenn Maxwell (Royal Challengers Bangalore) - Rs 14.25 crores

RCB acquired Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell after an intense bidding war with Chennai Super Kings. Maxwell, who was released by the Punjab Kings ahead of the IPL 2021 auction, was bought for 14.25 crores. In the 13th edition, the all-rounder managed to score only 108 runs from 13 games. Maxwell's performance in the India-Australia T20I series served as a reminder of his impact in the shortest format of the game.

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Written By,

Payel Gosh