Amid the Ind VS England 4-match Test, IPL 2021 auction began today with fanfare in Chennai with 292 players to go under the gavel. The day was filled with interesting moments, some players seeing all franchises fighting to have them on board while some missing the attention of the players. Let’s take a look at the highlights of IPL 2021 auction.

Chris Morris steals the thunder and takes it home

South African all-rounder Chris Morris saw almost each franchises clash in a bidding frenzy in the IPL 2021 auction. Initially, the player was targeted by IPL 2020 winner Mumbai Indians. The defending champions seemed to be willing to spend almost all of their remaining total for the player. But the Rohit Sharma-led team saw Morris’s former team Royal Challengers Bangalore competing for him.  MI and RCB battled it out for the South African player. During the 10-crore mark, RCB called it quits on the player’s bidding and RR soon swooped in and fought with Kings X! Punjab. But it was RR who finally clinched the final bid for Morris at the Rs. 16.25 crore mark. Morris set the record of being the most expensive player ever bought in the IPL. He broke the record of the previous most expensive player in the IPL auction record, Yuvraj Singh.

Riley Meredith grabbed by Delhi Capitals

Australian youngster, Riley Meredith was another surprise on the IPL 2021 bidding war. Meredith got the opening bid from the Delhi Capitals. Punjab soon joined the party and the bidding crossed Rs. 1 Crore. Delhi and Punjab kept battling it out and the bid crossed a whopping 6 crore mark without either of the teams pulling the plug on the bidding. Delhi finally pulled out of the deal on Rs. 8 crore.

Not a single taker for Harbhajan Singh

Veteran-indian Harbhajan Singh spinner who did not play in the last edition of the IPL was not bid upon by any of the franchises and remained unsold. Singh was one of the only India players with a base price of Rs. 2 crore, a fact which must have rubbed salt on the wound of the spinner.

Umesh Yadav remains unsold 

Indian pace-expert Umesh Yadav who is cleared to play the next two Tests against England also went under the gavel in the auction. The player saw no interest initially by any of the franchise, but the Delhi Capitals soon opened the bid at the Rs. 1 crore base price and brought the bowler as no other team showed interest in buying him.

Mumbai Indians fight for Coulter-Nile

Australian fast bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile saw defending champions Mumbai Indians and rivals Delhi Capital battle it out for him for his base price of Rs. 1.5 crore. The bid reached to Rs. 3.8 crore but DC upped the ante and bid Rs. 4 crore. As the moments progressed, Nathan Coulter-Nile was finally sold to Mumbai Indians for Rs. 5 crore.

Jhye Richardson turns up the heat 

Australian pacer Jhye Richardson also had IPL franchises locking their heads. Richardson came under the auction gavel with a base price of Rs. 1.5 crore which soon went up to Rs. 5 crore with Punjab Kings, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore competing. DC later backed out as the bidding went pass the Rs. 7 crore mark. The bidding soon heated up with RCB and Punjab Kings taking Richardson’s price to Rs. 12 crore. Finally, at the Rs. 14 crore mark, RCB backed out and Richardson was included in the Punjab Kings’ playing 11.

CSK and PK tussles for Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali, who gave the 8 IPL franchises an auction of what he is capable of came under the gavel with a base price of Rs. 2 crore. Punjab Kings opened the bid up and soon CSK raised the bid to Rs. 2.2 crore. The tussle between Punjab Kings and CSK continued and finally, at the Rs. 7 crore mark, the player was sold to CSK.

KKR fights for Shakib Al Hasan, loses to Punjab

Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan started his bidding at the base price of Rs. 2 crore. Initially, none of the teams showed interest to buy the Bangladeshi skipper. Soon though Punjab Kings got the ball rolling and soon bought Hasan for Rs. 3.2 crore.

Glen Maxwell fought for by KKR, RCB

Australian batsmen Glen Maxwell has always fascinated the IPL franchises despite his inconsistent performance. With a base price of Rs. 2 crore, RR started the bid and KKR soon joined the action. The bid reached to the Rs. 4 crore mark with RCB backing out at Rs. 4.4 crore mark. The bidding frenzy continued with CSK surprising everyone and within moments the bid rose to Rs. 7 crore. The bidding continued and the bid price crossed the Rs. 10 crore mark. None of the teams wanted to skip on Maxwell and ultimately after a deep discussion, RCB raised the bid to a whopping Rs. 14.25 crore. No other teams were willing to spend more and thus, RCB ended up spending Rs. 14.25 crore for Maxwell.

IPL 2021: Report cards of all the teams after the end of the auction

Chennai Super Kings 

Krishnappa Gowtham – Rs 9,25,00,000

Moeen Ali – Rs 7,00,00,000

Cheteshwar Pujara – Rs 50,00,000

Delhi Capitals 

Tom Curran – Rs 5,25,00,000

Steven Smith – Rs 2,20,00,000

Umesh Yadav – Rs 1,00,00,000

Ripal Patel – Rs 20,00,000

Vishnu Vinod – Rs 20,00,000

Lukman Hussain Meriwala – Rs 20,00,000

M Siddharth – Rs 20,00,000

Kolkata Knight Riders 

Shakib Al Hasan – Rs 3,20,00,000

Sheldon Jackson – Rs 20,00,000

Punjab Kings 

Jhye Richardson – Rs. 14,00,00,000

Riley Meredith – Rs.8,00,00,000

Shahrukh Khan – Rs.5,25,00,000

Moises Henriques – Rs.4,20,00,000

Dawid Malan – Rs.1,50,00,000

Sunrisers Hyderabad

J Suchith – ₹30,00,000

Rajasthan Royals 

Christopher Morris – Rs.16,25,00,000

Shivam Dube – Rs.4,40,00,000

Chetan Sakariya – Rs.1,20,00,000

Mustafizur Rahman – Rs.1,00,00,000

K.C Cariappa – Rs.20,00,000

Mumbai Indians

Nathan Coulter-Nile Rs 5,00,00,000

Adam Milne – Rs 3,20,00,000

Piyush Chawla – Rs 2,40,00,000

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Kyle Jamieson – Rs 15,00,00,000

Glenn Maxwell Rs 14,25,00,000

Sachin Baby – Rs 20,00,000

Rajat Patidar – Rs 20,00,000

Mohammed Azharudeen – Rs 20,00,000

Complete List of All the Sold and Unsold Players 

1) Karun Nair – Unsold


2) Alex Hales – Unsold


3) Jason Roy – Unsold


4) Steve Smith – Delhi Capitals – Rs.2.2 Crore


5) Evin Lewis – Unsold


6) Aaron Finch – Unsold


7) Hanuma Vihari – Unsold


8) Glenn Maxwell – Royal Challengers Bangalore – Rs.14.25 crore


9) Kedar Jadhav – Unsold


10) Shakib Al Hasan – Kolkata Knight Riders – Rs.3.2 Crore


11) Moeen Ali – Chennai Super Kings – Rs.7 crore


12) Shivam Dube – Rajasthan Royals – Rs.4.4 crore


13) Chris Morris – Rajasthan Royals – Rs.16.25 crore


14) Dawid Malan – Punjab Kings – Rs.1.5 crore


15) Glenn Phillips – Unsold


16) Alex Carey – Unsold


17) Sam Billings – Unsold


18) Kusal Perera – Unsold


19) Adam Milne – Mumbai Indians – Rs.3.2 crore


20) Mustafizur Rahman – Rajasthan Royals – Rs.1 crore


21) Jhye Richardson – Punjab Kings – Rs.14 crore


22) Nathan Coulter-Nile – Mumbai Indians – Rs.5 crore


23) Sheldon Cotrell – Unsold


24) Umesh Yadav – Delhi Capitals – Rs.1 crore


25) Adil Rashid – Unsold


26) Rahul Sharma – Unsold


27) Mujeeb Ur Rahman – Unsold


28) Harbhajan Singh – Unsold


29) Ish Sodhi – Unsold


30) Piyush Chawla – Mumbai Indians – Rs.2.4 crore


31) Qais Ahmad – Unsold


32) Himanshu Rana – Unsold


33) C Hari Nishaanth – Unsold


34) Sachin Baby – Royal Challengers Bangalore – Rs.20 lakh


35) Rahul Gahlaut – Unsold


36) Rajat Patidar – Royal Challengers Bangalore – Rs.20 lakh


37) Himmat Singh – Unsold


38) Vishnu Solanki – Unsold


39) Atit Sheth – Unsold


40) Ripal Patel – Delhi Capitals – Rs.20 lakh


41) Shahrukh Khan – Punjab Kings – Rs.5.25 crore


42) Ayush Badoni – Unsold


43) Venkatesh Iyer – Unsold


44) Vivek Singh – Unsold


45) K Gowtham – Chennai Super Kings – Rs.9.25 crore


46) Vishnu Vinod – Delhi Capitals – Rs.20 lakh


47) Sheldon Jackson – Kolkata Knight Riders – Rs.20 lakh


48) Kedar Devdhar – Unsold


49) Mohammed Azharuddeen – Royal Challengers Bangalore – Rs.20 lakh


50) Avi Barot – Unsold


51) Mujtaba Yousuf – Unsold


52) Ankit Rajpoot – Unsold


53) Lukman Meriwala – Delhi Capitals – Rs.20 lakh


54) Chetan Sakariya – Rajasthan Royals – Rs.1.2 crore


55) Kuldeep Sen – Unsold


56) Riley Meredith – Punjab Kings – Rs.8 crore


57) Tushar Deshpande – Unsold


58) M Siddharth – Delhi Capitals – Rs.20 lakh


59) Karanveer Singh – Unsold


60) Jagadeesha Suchith – Sunrisers Hyderabad – Rs.30 lakh


61) KC Cariappa – Rajasthan Royals – Rs.20 lakh


62) Sandeep Lamichhane – Unsold


63) Midhun Sudhesan – Unsold


64) Tejas Baroka – Unsold


65) Rovman Powell – Unsold


66) Shaun Marsh – Unsold


67) Corey Anderson – Unsold


68) Devon Conway – Unsold


69) Darren Bravo – Unsold


70) Rassie van der Dussen – Unsold


71) Cheteshwar Pujara – Chennai Super Kings – Rs.50 lakh


72) Martin Guptill – Unsold


73) Pawan Negi – Unsold


74) Kyle Jamieson – Royal Challengers Bangalore – Rs.15 crore


75) Ben Cutting – Unsold


76) Tom Curran – Delhi Capitals – Rs.5.25 crore


77) Gurkeerat Singh – Unsold


78) Marnus Labuschagne – Unsold


79) Moises Henriques – Punjab Kings – Rs.4.2 crore


80) Varun Aaron – Unsold


81) Oshane Thomas – Unsold


82) Mohit Sharma – Unsold


83) Billy Stanlake – Unsold


84) Mitchell McClenaghan – Unsold


85) Jason Behrendorff – Unsold


86) Naveen Ul Haq – Unsold