The IPL 2021 auction was a much-anticipated event that entirely lived up to its billing. The auction witnessed 298 cricketers go under the hammer, out of which 58 players got the nod and a few became million-dollar men. Thus, it undoubtedly proved a life-changing moment for those on whom the franchises dished out a large sum.
But while most of the deserving players got the bids and will ply their trade for some or the other franchise, they got a lower amount than their reputation. Franchises were likely sceptical about their ability to play in the sub-continent even though they excelled in international cricket. Simultaneously, the teams who bought such players could consider such players as steal buys.
IPL 2021 Auction: 5 Players Who Got A Lower Bid As Per Their Repute
A talented fast bowler from Baroda, Lukman Meriwala grabbed eyeballs through his performances in the 2020-21 edition of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Lukman Meriwala ended the tournament as the second-highest wicket-taker with 15 wickets in eight matches at 13.26 with an economy rate of 6.52.
But the 29-year old went to the Delhi Capitals for merely INR 20 lakhs – his base price. Considering that the fast bowlers dominated the IPL 2021 auction, the franchises should have indulged in a slightly more bidding war for the left-arm speedster. He will add variation to the Capitals’ bowling attack that has a host of right-arm pacemen.