The likes of Chris Morris, Glenn Maxwell and Jhye Richardson were among the sought-after international players available in the Indian Premier League auction in Chennai on Thursday. So, franchises broke the bank to acquire their services for the upcoming season. The uncapped pair of K Gowtham and Riley Meredith didn't go unnoticed either.
Here are the top five buys of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 auction:
Chris Morris (Rajasthan Royals) Rs 16.25 crores: The South African all-rounder became the most expensive signing in IPL history. He surpassed Yuvraj Singh, who was signed for Rs 16 crore by Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals) in 2015. Morris has played 70 IPL games and scored 551 runs at a strike-rate of 157.88 and taken 80 wickets at an economy of 7.81. Morris, who played for RCB last season, took 11 wickets at an economy of 6.63.
Kyle Jamieson (Royal Challengers Bangalore) Rs 15 crores: Royal Challengers Bangalore signed New Zealand all-rounder Kyle Jamieson for a whopping Rs 15 crore. Jamieson has played 6 Tests, 2 ODIs and 4 T20Is for New Zealand. The 6'8" quick made his T20I debut against West Indies in November 2020. In 38 T20s, Jamieson has 54 wickets at an economy of 7.98.
Glenn Maxwell (Royal Challengers Bangalore) Rs 14.25 crores: Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals began the bidding war for Maxwell before Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings made it a four-way race. He was eventually signed by Bangalore. Maxwell, released by Punjab Kings, had a lean 2020 season where he managed just 108 runs from 13 games, failing to hit a single six.
Jhye Richardson (Punjab Kings) Rs 14 crores: Australian fast bowler Jhye Richardson fetched a whopping IPL contract after he was signed by the Punjab Kings for Rs 14 crore. The 24-year-old had a stellar Big Bash League for Perth Scorchers. He was the leading wicket taker with 29 scalps from 17 games at an economy rate of 7.69.
Krishnappa Gowtham (Chennai Super Kings) Rs 9.25 crores: Gowtham became the highest-earning uncapped player in IPL auction history after CSK acquired his services for a whopping Rs 9.25 crores. Gowtham played only two games for Punjab in the 2020 season and picked up just one wicket. Gowtham was recently called in as a reserve bowler for the Indian Test team for the home series against England. He featured in four Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy games for Karnataka, picking up four wickets.
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