The Indian Premier League (IPL) auction always comes off as a land of opportunities for players worldwide just as the IPL 2021 auction was. While the cricketers excelling in international cricket are already in for a massive payday, the bidding events prove exceptionally crucial for the uncapped or lesser-known players. At times, uncapped players end up becoming one of the most expensive cricketers.
It becomes a life-changing moment for such players as they get the opportunity to share the dressing room with some of the most significant international or established cricketers. Simultaneously, there is also massive performance pressure since they have to justify the mammoth amount invested in them. And some compelling showing could well earn them an international cap.
IPL 2021 Auction: 5 Costliest Uncapped Players Ever In IPL Auction History
Riley Meredith – INR 8 crores:
Australia’s quick Riley Meredith did not earn any bids in the auction ahead of the IPL 2020 edition, setting his base price at INR 40 lakhs. However, the speedster was in demand of most of the franchises leading up to the 14th season and became one of the most expensive players. Punjab Kings sealed the deal on Meredith at INR 8 crores.
Riley Meredith, who consistently bowls fast and cranks it up at nearly 140 kmph, will join the likes of Mohammed Shami, Ishan Porel, Chris Jordan, Arshdeep Singh and fellow countryman Jhye Richardson to form an exciting bowling unit. The 25-year old also performed well in the 2020-21 season of BBL, taking 16 wickets in 13 matches at 24.62 for the Hobart Hurricanes.