IPL 2021 auction has arrived and every cricket fan is excited for the mega cricket event, which is set to take place in Chennai today. This mini-auction will witness 292 players going under the hammer, out of which 164 are Indian players while 128 foreign players. 10 cricketers have kept their reserve price at Rs. 2 crores, while 12 players have a base price of Rs. 1.5 crore. In Rs. 1 crore slot, 11 cricketers have identified themselves.
Out of the eight franchises, Punjab Kings (Kings XI Punjab) has the highest salary cap available at Rs. 53.5 crore. Rajasthan Royals follows Punjab Kings with an available salary cap of Rs. 37.85 crore. Royal Challengers Bangalore has Rs. 35.4 crore funds left with them on the third spot. Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad share the lowest spot in remaining funds with 10.75 crores each. Some renowned players attract intense competition between the franchises, who spend huge amounts of money to induct these players into the squad. Here we will look at five such players who can clinch the highest bid during IPL 2021 auction.
IPL 2021 Auction: 5 Players Who Can Clinch The Highest Bid
Steve Smith, who was once Rajasthan Royals’ skipper, was dropped by the franchise ahead of IPL 2021 auction. The Australia batman is one cricketer who can invite massive bids from franchises. The 31-year-old cricketer has brilliant batting technique, which makes him one of the best batsmen in world cricket.
Steve Smith has reserved Rs. 2 crore price for himself. Franchises will take best efforts to invest in Smith, which will eventually lead the Aussie batsmen to get a massive bid.
Shakib-al-Hasan is a bonus option with his excellent capability with both bat and the ball. The left-handed batsman Shakib-al-Hasan enlists in the all-rounder category in IPL auction 2021 with Rs. crore reserve price. The 33-year-old Bangladesh player currently holds 2nd rank in ICC’s all-rounders’ category in T20Is.
Shakib al-Hasan gives strength to batting and also has the ability as a secondary spinner. Shakib last played for Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2019 while he was absent from IPL 2020. Eyeing a comeback in IPL 2021, Shakib will be in the eye-sight of all the 8 franchises.
Chris Morris was part of Delhi Capitals in the last edition of Indian Premier League. The South African pacer took 11 and 13 wickets in IPL 2020 and 2019 respectively. The right-arm bowler Morris has some great ability with the ball. Also, he can pull off shots with the bat which makes him a bonus player.
Morris has reserved himself at Rs. 75 lakh in the all-rounder category in IPL 2021 auction, but he is expected to invite more finance from the franchises.
Glenn Maxwell is another all-rounder who falls in the category of Rs. 2 crore price. Maxwell was released by Punjab Kings ahead of IPL 2021. With his spectacular performances in series against India and England in 2020, he has identified himself as a valuable player.
The Australia cricketer also has the ability to ball, which makes him a bankable player in the team. Maxwell will be one of the highlights in IPL 2021 auction, and franchises will leave no stones unturned to induct him into the squad.
Kyle Jamieson is a new cricketer who started his international career against India in January 2020. He was named player of the match in his ODI debut against India. The New Zealand cricketer is a pacer who also boasts the ability to bat.
The Kiwi player is eyeing a debut in the Indian Premier League with IPL 2021 auction. Kyle Jamieson has reserved himself at Rs. 75 lakh in IPL 2021 auction, but he is expected to attract more money from the franchises.