Punjab Kings had the maximum budget in IPL 2021 auction with Rs. 53.20 crore and they also bought the most number of players. Punjab Kings bought 9 players in the IPL 2021 mini-auction after spending Rs. 47.90 crore. Australia pacer Jhye Richardson was Punjab Kings’ most expensive deal at Rs. 14 crore.
A few other notable buys for Punjab Kings was Riley Meredith for Rs. 8 crore. Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith, both of whom are 24-year-old, will be making a debut in the Indian Premier League tournament in IPL 2021. David Malan, who has come limelight in T20I cricket recently, was also bought by Punjab Kings. English cricketer Malan holds top rank in ICC’s T20I batsmen list. He was bought for Rs. 1.5 crore.
Punjab also bought Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques for Rs. 4.2 crore. Punjab Kings had 9 vacant spots ahead of IPL 2021 auction, out of which there was a maximum of 5 spots for overseas players. The franchisee bought 5 overseas players and 4 Indian players in the auction, filling all of their available slots.
Punjab had released 9 players ahead of IPL 2021 auction. They were Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, Mujeeb Zadran, Hardus Viljoen, James Neesham, Krishnappa Gowtham, Karun Nair, Jagadeesha Suchith and Tejinder Singh Dhillon. The 16 players which the franchisee retained in the team are KL Rahul, Arshdeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Darshan Nalkande, Harpreet Brar, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Mohd. Shami, M Ashwin, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Chris Jordan, and Prabhsimran Singh. Punjab Kings is yet to win any IPL trophy.
Here is the full list of players bought by Punjab Kings in IPL auction 2021.
- Jhye Richardson (Bowler)- Rs. 14 crore
- Riley Meredith (Bowler)- Rs. 8 crore
- Shahrukh Khan (All-Rounder)- Rs. 5.25 crore
- Moises Henriques (All-Rounder)- Rs. 4.2 crore
- Dawid Malan (All-Rounder)- Rs. 1.5 crore
- Fabian Allen (All-Rounder)- Rs. 75 lakh
- Jalaj Saxena (All-Rounder)- Rs. 30 lakh
- Saurabh Kumar (All-Rounder)- Rs. 20 lakh
- Utkarsh Singh (All-Rounder)- Rs. 20 lakh