IPL Auction 2021: How the teams fared

IPL Auction 2021: How the teams fared | Acrux Sports


Punjab Kings

Squad strength: 25

Players bought in auction: 9

Purse at the end of the auction: INR 18.80 Cr

With a purse of more than INR 53 Crores, the re-branded Punjab Kings had ample to address their key concern area - fast bowling. They shopped primarily in the overseas bowlers' section, adding the young Australia duo of Jhye Richardson (INR 14 Cr) and Riley Meredith (INR 8 Cr) for a combined spend of over 45% of their available purse to stave off competition from Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore respectively.

They were proactive in the value-for-money allrounders section, too, but didn't fight as hard as they should have for Shakib Al Hasan. They then went on to lose Chris Morris for an all-time record bid to Rajasthan Royals. Having released both Glenn Maxwell and James Neesham, PBKS instead filled the gap with Moises Henriques, after yet another intense bidding war with RCB, and Fabian Allen (base price - INR 75 Lakh). Indian pair of Jalaj Saxena and Saurabh Kumar complete the allrounders roster.

Punjab's strength last season was their top-order batting, but they've further enhanced it with the addition of Dawid Malan, perhaps as an insurance cover for the 41-year-old Chris Gayle. Their finishing was a grey area, addressed with the signing of Tamil Nadu batting sensation Shahrukh Khan (INR 5.25 Cr), whose stocks have been on the rise with some impact cameos for this season's Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy winners.

Batsmen All-rounders Spinners Fast bowlers
KL Rahul (c&wk) Deepak Hooda Murugan Ashwin Mohammed Shami
Mayank Agarwal Moises Henriques* Ravi Bishnoi Arshdeep Singh
Chris Gayle Jalaj Saxena* Harpreet Brar Ishan Porel
Mandeep Singh Saurabh Kumar* Utkarsh Singh* Darshan Nalkande
Prabsimran Singh Fabian Allen* Chris Jordan
Nicholas Pooran Riley Meredith*
Sarfaraz Khan Jhye Richardson*
Dawid Malan*
Shahrukh Khan*

Royal Challengers Bangalore

Squad Strength: 22

Players bought in the auction: 8

Purse at the end of the auction: INR 35 Lakh

Having once again hit the reset button on their squad, RCB were expected to be among the more active teams at the auction, and they were. They addressed one of their long-standing problems - the over-reliance on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers - by breaking the bank for Glenn Maxwell. A fast-bowling all-rounder was the next item on RCB's agenda and curiously, they went as far as INR 9.75 Cr for Chris Morris - only 25 lakh short of the amount they'd paid for their released star. That spot, however, was filled with the signing of New Zealand's Kyle Jamieson for a whopping INR 15 Cr.

Between Jamieson and Maxwell, RCB spent INR 29.25 cr. They added all-rounder Dan Christian for INR 4.8 Cr. and then padded the big overseas picks with five uncapped Indian players for a sum total of INR 1 Cr. This included two Indian keeper-bats in Mohammed Azharuddeen and KS Bharat. Concerns persist over how they'll balance their foreign players to fix perennial problems, but given it's likely to be the last year in this cycle of the IPL, hit big and hope is perhaps an understandable strategy.

Batsmen All-rounders Spinners Fast bowlers
Virat Kohli (c) Washington Sundar Yuzvendra Chahal Mohammed Siraj
AB de Villiers (wk) Daniel Sams Adam Zampa Navdeep Saini
Devdutt Padikkal Glenn Maxwell* Shahbaz Ahmed Kane Richardson
Josh Philippe (wk) Kyle Jamieson* Harshal Patel
Pavan Deshpande Daniel Christian*
Mohammed Azharuddeen (wk)*
Rajat Patidar*
Sachin Baby*
K.S Bharat*
Suyash Prabhudessai*

Chennai Super Kings

Squad strength: 25

Players bought in auction: 6

Purse at the end of the auction: INR 2.55 Cr

After a determined-yet-failed pursuit of Glenn Maxwell (their bid - 14 Cr, winning bid - 14.25 Cr), CSK settled for their second-choice target in Moeen Ali (INR 7 Cr), who can help them address two key issues that pushed the team to their worst season last year. With him, CSK now have an off-spin option, which was missing in 2020, as well as the flexibility of a versatile batsman to field either at the top of the order to give their poor PowerPlay returns a face lift, or through the middle to keep run chases alive for long, just like his captain prefers it.

Having released Piyush Chawla and Karn Sharma, CSK went long and hard for another off-spinner (after Moeen), capable of providing late batting impetus, in K Gowtham. Though it remains unclear where the 2021 season will be held, CSK appeared to be building towards one at home, like they did in 2020 and struggled to cope. They were stretched as far as INR 9.25 Cr for Gowtham - the highest-ever bid for an uncapped Indian player - to fend off SRH's resolve. They also gave Cheteshwar Pujara his first IPL contract since 2014, but it is unlikely that the Test No.3 would fit in as a first-choice top-order option.

Batsmen All-rounders Spinners Fast bowlers
MS Dhoni (c&wk) Sam Curran Karn Sharma Deepak Chahar
Faf du Plessis Dwayne Bravo R Sai Kishore Shardul Thakur
Ruturaj Gaikwad Ravindra Jadeja Mitchell Santner Lungi Ngidi
Suresh Raina Moeen Ali* Imran Tahir Josh Hazlewood
Ambati Rayudu K Gowtham* KM Asif
N Jagadeesan (wk) K. Bhagath Varma* M Harisankar Reddy*
Robin Uthappa
Cheteshwar Pujara*
C. Hari Nishanth*

Rajasthan Royals

Squad strength: 24

Players bought in auction: 8

Purse at the end of the auction: INR 13.65 Cr

Balance between bat and ball was clearly what Rajasthan Royals were after heading into the auction. Their primary answer to that predicament, they believed, was Chris Morris. Rajasthan won the four-way bidding war with the highest-ever bid for a player in auction history at INR 16.25 Crore. Releasing Steve Smith earned them an extra overseas slot which they filled with the experience of Morris, who isn't just a dynamic finisher but also solves an area of concern from last season - bowling at the death.

They further went on to procure another all-rounder in Shivam Dube, factoring in the fragile middle order that failed to step up last season. Add to that their other overseas signing in Liam Livingstone, who also bowls occasional spin. With Ben Stokes already in their squad, they would be more than pleased with their chunk of all-rounders, irrespective of where the IPL is held. As a back-up for spearhead Jofra Archer, securing Mustafizur Rahman for base price was a smart buy, considering his experience and massive contribution in the title-winning season for SRH in 2016. Also having released Ankit Rajpoot and Varun Aaron, they picked Chetan Sakariya [1.20 Cr] as the back-up Indian seamer with the likes of Jaydev Unadkat and Kartik Tyagi already present in the squad.

Batsmen All-rounders Spinners Fast bowlers
Sanju Samson (c&wk) Rahul Tewatia Shreyas Gopal Jofra Archer
Jos Buttler (wk) Mahipal Lomror Mayank Markande Andrew Tye
Ben Stokes Shivam Dube* KC Cariappa* Jaydev Unadkat
Yashasvi Jaiswal Chris Morris* Kartik Tyagi
Manan Vohra Mustafizur Rahman*
Anuj Rawat Chetan Sakariya*
David Miller Kuldip Yadav*
Riyan Parag Akash Singh*
Liam Livingstone*

Mumbai Indians

Squad strength: 25

Players bought in auction: 7

Purse at the end of the auction: INR 3.65 Cr

On expected lines, Mumbai Indians didn't have a busy day at the auction, with their core 2020-season winning team still intact. Even though they had offloaded their foreign pace quartet of Nathan Coulter-Nile, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan and James Pattinson ahead of the auction, they bought back Coulter-Nile for INR 5 Crore. He will be supported by Adam Milne, for whom the defending champions paid INR 3.2 Crore. They further beefed up their spin and all-round department by snapping up Piyush Chawla and James Neesham. They also picked three uncapped players - Arjun Tendulkar, Yudhvir Singh and South Africa's Marco Jansen, who are unlikely to play a key role for the side in the upcoming season.

Following the auction, Mumbai Indians may be slightly light in the foreign pacer department as compared to the pack they had carried to the UAE, but the other departments have been beefed up with backups.

Batsmen All-rounders Spinners Fast bowlers
Rohit Sharma (c) Krunal Pandya Rahul Chahar Jasprit Bumrah
Quinton de Kock (wk) Kieron Pollard Anukul Roy Trent Boult
Ishan Kishan Hardik Pandya Jayant Yadav Dhawal Kulkarni
Suryakumar Yadav James Neesham* Piyush Chawla* Mohsin Khan
Chris Lynn Yudhvir Charak* Adam Milne*
Saurabh Tiwary Nathan Coulter-Nile*
Anmolpreet Singh Arjun Tendulkar*
Aditya Tare (wk) Marco Jansen*

Delhi Capitals

Squad Strength: 25

Players bought in auction: 8

Purse at the end of the auction: INR 2.15 Cr

Delhi Capitals needed a quality third seamer in their attack to partner Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, and found it in Umesh Yadav -- whom they bought at his base price of INR 1 Cr. Delhi also have Ishant Sharma, who missed more than half of IPL 2020 due to injury. Coming into the auction with one of the lowest purses, DC spent the most on bowling all-rounder Tom Curran (INR 5.35 crore). Steve Smith at INR 2.20 crore was a surprise pick.

Having released Alex Carey, DC picked Sam Billings (INR 2.00 Cr) who can now slot in as their finisher and also serve as a wicketkeeper, if need be. The team also needed a back-up Indian wicketkeeper, which they got in the form of Kerala player Vishnu Vinod. Ripal Patel (Gujarat), Manimaran Siddharth (Tamil Nadu) and Lukman Meriwala (Baroda) -- all bought at their base price of INR 20 lakh each -- completed the roster.

Batsmen All-rounders Spinners Fast bowlers
Shreyas Iyer (c) Marcus Stoinis Ravichandran Ashwin Kagiso Rabada
Shikhar Dhawan Chris Woakes Axar Patel Anrich Nortje
Prithvi Shaw Amit Mishra Ishant Sharma
Rishabh Pant (wk) Lalit Yadav Avesh Khan
Ajinkya Rahane Pravin Dubey Umesh Yadav*
Shimron Hetmyer M Siddharth* Lukman Meriwala*
Steve Smith* Tom Curran*
Vishnu Vinod (wk)*
Ripal Patel*
Sam Billings*

Sunrisers Hyderabad

Squad Strength: 25

Players bought in auction: 3

Purse at the end of the auction: INR 6.95 Cr

The Sunrisers Hyderabad table was quiet for the major part of the auction. It was hardly a surprise considering they already had 22 players on their roster. SRH picked up three more players to complete their squad, none of who look certain to make it to their first-choice XI.

J Suchith, who has featured in the IPL before, was bought for INR 30 lakh and will bolster the Indian spin attack. The Afghan contingent has a new addition in the form of Mujeeb-ur-Rahman who was bought for INR 1.50 Cr. Even though Mujeeb is not expected to start, he will be an able backup for his compatriot Rashid Khan. SRH made a smart move by picking the experienced Indian finisher Kedar Jadhav, for base price of INR 2 Cr. For a number of years now, SRH's middle order has come under scrutiny and in case their young guns fail to make an impact, the team can fall back on the veteran.

Batsmen All-rounders Spinners Fast bowlers
David Warner (c) Mitchell Marsh Rashid Khan Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Kane Williamson Jason Holder Shahbaz Nadeem Sandeep Sharma
Jonny Bairstow Mohammed Nabi Jagadeesha Suchith* Khaleel Ahmed
Manish Pandey Vijay Shankar Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman* Siddarth Kaul
Wriddhiman Saha (wk) Abhishek Sharma Basil Thampi
Sreevats Goswami (wk) Kedar Jadhav* T Natarajan
Priyam Garg
Abdul Samad
Virat Singh

Kolkata Knight Riders

Squad Strength: 25

Players bought in auction: 8

Purse at the end of the auction: INR 3.20 Cr

KKR walked into the auction with a purse of INR 10.75 Cr and were looking to fill two of their overseas slot. Their main objective was to find able replacements for Andre Russell and Sunil Narine. They spent INR 3.2 crore to bring back Shakib Al Hasan in their squad while also getting pace-bowling all-rounder Ben Cutting.

They added more batting options by buying Karun Nair and Sheldon Jackson. Harbhajan Singh, who went unsold in the first round, was also brought in late in the auction.

Batsmen All-rounders Spinners Fast bowlers
Eoin Morgan (c) Andre Russell Varun CV Pat Cummins
Shubman Gill Nitish Rana Kuldeep Yadav Lockie Ferguson
Dinesh Karthik (wk) Sunil Narine Harbhajan Singh* Kamlesh Nagarkoti
Tim Seifert (wk) Shakib Al Hasan* Shivam Mavi
Rahul Tripathi Ben Cutting* Sandeep Warrier
Rinku Singh Venkatesh Iyer* Prasidh Krishna
Sheldon Jackson* Pawan Negi* Vaibhav Arora*
Karun Nair*