IPL auction 2021 new player list: As many as 11 players have registered themselves with a highest base price of INR 2 crore.
After the Player Registration deadline on February 4, IPL Governing Council disclosed that a total of 1,097 players registered themselves for the auction of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League.
In addition to 814 Indian players, 283 overseas players have also expressed interest in the auction which will be held on February 18 in Chennai.
The mini-auction, however, hasn’t been able to entice the likes of overseas players such as Mitchell Starc, Joe Root, James Pattinson, Tom Banton and Harry Gurney for they haven’t put forward their names in the auction.
Starc’s Australian teammates in Aaron Finch and Marnus Labuschagne have set their base price at INR 1 crore. While Finch will have to find his ninth IPL franchise, Labuschagne is yet to play in the cash-rich league.
India fast bowler Umesh Yadav and batsman Hanuma Vihari are also placed in the same price category. While Yadav is coming on the back of a three-year stint at Royal Challengers Bangalore, Vihari had remained unsold last season post returning to IPL after a four-year gap to play a couple of matches for Delhi Capitals in IPL 2019.
Veteran India fast bowler Sreesanth, who has recently resumed playing competitive cricket after seven years in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, has set his base price at INR 75 lakh. In five T20s for Kerala in January, 38-year old Sreesanth had picked four wickets at an economy and strike rate of 9.88 and 27 respectively.
We Lost the match… But Good to see @sreesanth36‘s amazing spell.
25 Runs in 3 overs and 1 Wicket.
Well Done Sree.
— हर्ष द्विवेदी (भारद्वाज) (@Harshdwive6942) January 17, 2021
IPL auction 2021 new player list
As compared to seven players in IPL 2020 auction, as many as 11 players have registered themselves with a highest base price of INR 2 crore this season. Veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh and batsman Kedar Jadhav are the only two Indian players in the highest price category. It is worth mentioning that both players were released by Chennai Super Kings last month.
While Harbhajan had chose to skip IPL 2020 due to personal reasons, Jadhav had registered his worst-ever season on the back of scoring 62 runs in five innings at an average and strike rate of 20.66 and 93.93 respectively.
The Australian-duo of batsman Steven Smith and all-rounder Glenn Maxwell have also registered in the same category. Smith, who was released by Rajasthan Royals despite being the captain, will be hoping to find his fourth franchise in the auction. Maxwell, on the other hand, has usually managed to earn hefty amounts in the IPL without justifying his price on most occasions.
England opening batsman Jason Roy, wicket-keeper batsman Sam Billings, all-rounder Moeen Ali and fast bowlers Mark Wood and Liam Plunkett are the five names from their country in the highest price range. Roy, who was bought by Delhi Capitals in the last auction, had opted to opt out of IPL 13. While Ali was released by RCB, the likes of Billings, Wood and Plunkett weren’t part of IPL 2020.
In addition to the aforementioned names, Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan and South Africa batsman Colin Ingram are the remaining two players in this category. While Shakib had to miss the last season due to his one-year ban, Ingram had remained unsold.
IPL 2021 auction highest base price (INR 2 crore) – Harbhajan Singh, Kedar Jadhav, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Jason Roy, Sam Billings, Moeen Ali, Mark Wood, Liam Plunkett, Shakib Al Hasan and Colin Ingram.