From time to time, IPL teams feel the need to get rid of some players and inject fresh blood. After all, getting the combination right is crucial for their IPL success. Teams have their chance in IPL auctions, where they have to outbid competitors to buy a player. Some franchisees often go all out to buy a player, ending up with some of the most expensive buys ever in IPL history.
With a pay-check of 17 Crores a season, Virat Kohli is the highest priced player in IPL history. However, the recently concluded IPL auction has thrown up a few names that can match the highest salaried players, including the first choice retention players like MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma. Here’s a list of the 5 biggest contracts in IPL auctions 2021. Some names might surprise you!
1. Chris Morris:
The South African pacer entered the 2021 IPL auction at a base price of 75 lakhs. To everyone’s surprise, four teams went into a bidding war to have his services. Rajasthan Royals outbid Royal Challengers Bangalore, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians eventually, buying Morris for 16.25 Crores. He went past Yuvraj Singh’s record of 16 Crores to be the most expensive player ever sold in an IPL auction. Initially, MI and RCB were in the race for Morris but RR made their stakes at 10.25 Crore. PK joined in at 13.50 Crore, raising the bid before RR sealed the deal.
2. Kyle Jamieson:
Sometimes little known commodities also fetch hefty contracts. Take, for instance, Jamieson who is just starting his cricketing career, having played just 6 Tests, 2 ODIs, 4 T20Is and 2 IPL matches. He earned a 15 Crore contract with the Royal Challengers Bangalore, making him the highest-paid Kiwi in IPL ever. Bidding for him started at 75 lakhs with Delhi Capitals and RCB showing interest. PK raised the stakes with a 7.75 Crore-bid but RCB managed to win the race.
3. Glenn Maxwell:
The big-hitting Aussie has always been IPL’s million dollar baby. When he went up for auction this year, a lucrative contract was expected, despite his lacklustre form lately. Royal Challengers Bangalore bought him for a staggering 14.25 Crores to add depth to their batting. KKR opened the bet for Maxwell and RR was quick to join in. As things proceeded, RCB replaced RR, and CSK made a bid. After an intense bid war, RR went all out to secure Maxwell’s inclusion.
4. Jhye Richardson:
Another surprising inclusion in the list is Jhye Richardson, a pacer from Australia. He bagged a 14 Crore contract with Punjab Kings after having been registered at a 1.5 Crore base price. RCB started the bid before PK and DC decided to raise the stakes. With lively pace and accuracy, he could be a game-changer for Punjab Kings, which is struggling to get into the groove.
5. Krishnappa Gowtham:
Krunal Pandya was the costliest uncapped player in IPL history until Gowtham replaced him. He earned a 9.25 Crore contract with Chennai Super Kings, making him the highest priced player in IPL history who is yet to play international cricket. As an all-rounder, he’ll be batting down the order and bowling off-spins for CSK, which is desperately looking for fresh blood.
Players being sold for exorbitant sums are a common sight in IPL auctions. It attracted the best bid in the 2021 auctions and became the highest-paid player in history!