IPL auctions witness some events which surprise cricket fans and in the IPL 2021 Auction too, there were few things that came out as big surprises for everyone. 292 players were part of the auction out of which, there were 164 Indian players and 128 foreign players. 22 overseas players and 35 Indian players were bought by the franchises. 57 slots out of the available 61 were filled during IPL auction 2021.
The eight franchises namely Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad, and Chennai Super Kings spent a massive amount of Rs. 145.30 crores during IPL 2021 auction. Many well-known players went unsold while many unexpected players invited a high price for themselves which came out as a big surprise. Here we look at the five biggest surprises in IPL 2021 auction.
IPL 2021 Auction: 5 Biggest Surprises
Chris Morris – Most Expensive Buy
Rajasthan Royals spent a whopping Rs. 16.25 crore to induct Chris Morris in their squad, making the South Africa all-rounder highest buy in the IPL history. Chris Morris only had a base price of Rs. 75 lakh, but a nail-biting bid war between Royal Challengers, Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals boomed his price to Rs. 16.25 crore.
Chris Morris was not even part of the top reserve price in IPL 2021 auction , which stood at Rs. 2 crores, Rs. 1.5 crore and Rs. 1 crore. However, he surprised everyone to become the highest-ever purchase in IPL history.