Costliest player in IPL 2021: The SportsRush present before you a list of most expensive players of Indian Premier League 2021 auction.
Cricket hysteria in the form of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League is upon us with the first match set to begin from April 9. Defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore will lock horns in the season opener in Chennai this year.
This season of the IPL will also have some lesser known players under the spotlight after they have been able to allure splurging amounts in the auction which was also held in Chennai in February.
Going by the history of the tournament, players who’ve fetched themselves opulent sums in the auction have mostly let their teams down due to multiple reasons. Despite players talking about not getting bogged down by their price tag in the past, there’s general notion that the same has an effect on on-field performances.
Costliest player in IPL 2021
As far as IPL 2021 auction is concerned, the Top Five most expensive players involve four overseas and one uncapped Indian player. South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris, who hasn’t played competitive cricket since IPL 2020 and hasn’t represented South Africa for almost two years now, smashed all records with respect to becoming the most expensive player sold in the history of IPL auctions.
Having registered in the auction with a base price of INR 75 lakhs, Morris’ stakes raised to unprecedented heights. A four-way battle between Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings witnessed Morris going to Rajasthan for a whopping INR 16.25 crore.
New Zealand all-rounder Kyle Jamieson, who is yet to prove his T20 credentials, also enticed widespread interest from franchises before being picked by Royal Challengers Bangalore for as many as INR 15 crore.
Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, IPL’s quintessential million-dollar player, saw a franchise breaking the bank once again for him as Royal Challengers spent a grand total of INR 14.25 crore for him despite him not being able to hit a single six in IPL 2020 in the UAE.
Australia speedster Jhye Richardson also witnessed a life-changing deal coming his way after Punjab Kings didn’t hesitate in spending a massive INR 14 crore to buy his services. The fifth-most expensive player in IPL 2021 auction was Chennai Super Kings’ Krishnappa Gowtham, who benefited with the franchise’s urge to buy genuine hard-hitting all-rounders such as him.
Who were the five most expensive players in IPL auction 2021?
Chris Morris (Rajasthan Royals) – INR 16.25 crore
Kyle Jamieson (Royal Challengers Bangalore ) – INR 15 crore
Glenn Maxwell (Royal Challengers Bangalore ) – INR 14.25 crore
— Glenn Maxwell (@Gmaxi_32) March 29, 2021
Jhye Richardson (Punjab Kings) – INR 14 crore
Krishnappa Gowtham (Chennai Super Kings) – INR 9.25 crore
Riley Meredith (Punjab Kings) – INR 8 crore
Moeen Ali (Chennai Super Kings ) – INR 7 crore
Shahrukh Khan (Punjab Kings) – INR 5.25 crore