The mini Indian Premier League auction took place in Chennai on February 18 where as many as 292 cricketers went under the hammer.
Dreams were fulfilled as well as shattered as the eight franchises shelled out a cumulative sum of Rs 145.3 Crores in a bid to fill 57 out of the 61 available slots ahead of the 14th season of the lucrative cash-rich league.
Glenn Maxwell broke the bank at the auction table once again as he was notched up by the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for a mind-numbing amount of Rs 14.25 crore.
South African all-rounder Chris Morris broke all the previously held records to become the most expensive cricketer to be bought at the auction table. Morris was bought for a staggering Rs 16.25 Crore following a bidding war between Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings, and Rajasthan Royals, who eventually won the bid.
That said, not everyone was lucky to land himself the coveted IPL contract. As is the norm with the IPL every season, several high-profile players failed to attract any bids from either of the eight franchises. And, the most prominent names to go unsold were the English opening duo of Jason Roy and Alex Hales.
Jason Roy, who made his IPL debut back in 2018, where he featured for the Delhi Capitals, was bought by the Shreyas Iyer-led franchise in the 2019 IPL auction. However, the England white-ball opener pulled out weeks before the start of the tournament due to injury issues.
Roy had once again thrown his hat in the ring this time around but with almost every franchise having a plethora of opening options within their rank, the Surrey batsman failed to attract any bid and hence went unsold.
Following the snub, Jason Roy took to Twitter to express his disappointment besides congratulating the players who managed to get an IPL deal
”Massive shame not to be involved in the @IPL this year but wanted to congratulate all the lads that did get picked up. Especially some of the high rollers. Going to be good to watch”- wrote Jason Roy
Massive shame not to be involved in the @IPL this year but wanted to congratulate all the lads that did get picked up. Especially some of the high rollers. Going to be good to watch 👊🏼
— Jason Roy (@JasonRoy20) February 18, 2021