IPL auction 2021 witnessed a total of 57 players being sold to 8 franchises. The grand event took place for more than 6 hours, and a total of 292 were open for bidding. There were maximum 61 available spots among the eight franchises. 35 Indian players and 22 overseas players found their way among the eight franchises. Chris Morris became the biggest buy-in IPL history after Rajasthan Royals picked him up for Rs. 16.25 crore. Morris is followed by Kyle Jamieson and Glenn Maxwell, who were bought for Rs. 15 crore and 14.25 crore respectively by Royal Challengers Bangalore.
All these three all-rounders were expected to attract huge bids for themselves and that’s what happened in IPL auction 2021. However, there were few other players whose selection came as quite surprising. Here we will look at the five most unexpected buys in IPL auction 2021.
IPL Auction 2021: 5 Most Unexpected Buys
Cheteshwar Pujara is one such player whose purchase was a little surprising. The Indian Test specialist previously appeared in IPL 2014. He has been out of the league for the last 6 years and went unsold multiple times in the past. However, Cheteshwar Pujara has a different fate in IPL auction 2021 and was bought by Chennai Super Kings at his base price of Rs. 50 lakh.
Cheteshwar Puraja is a Test specialist batsman, and he has not been very impressive in the shortest format of the game. This was the reason why franchises refrained from buying him in previous auctions, however, things turned out contrarily for 33-year-old batsman this time.
Harbhajan Singh, who is 40 years old currently, reserved his base price for Rs. 2 crore. The right-arm bowler was released by Chennai Super Kings ahead of IPL auction 2021. There are a lot of spin bowlers available and therefore Harbhajan Singh’s selection came out as a surprising thing. He also kept his base price at the highest reserve price of Rs. 2 crore.
The off-spinner went initially unsold but was later picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders for his base price. Harbhajan Singh has played 160 matches in Indian Premier League so far scoring 829 runs and grabbing 150 wickets. Harbhajan Singh opted out of IPL 2020 citing personal reasons.
Shahrukh Khan is an uncapped player who attracted a massive bid for himself and surprised everyone. Shahrukh Khan is looking for debut in IPL, however, he was sold for massive Rs. 5.25 crore to Punjab Kings. This massive amount from his Rs. 20 lakh base price was quite surprising.
Kedar Jadhav initially went unsold but was later picked up by Surrisers Hyderabad for Rs. 2 crore. Kedar Jadhav had a poor performance in IPL 2020 season after scoring only 62 runs in 8 matches. Chennai Super Kings dropped him head of IPL auction 2021. With the highest slot of Rs. 2 crore for himself, Kedar Jadhav wasn’t expected to attract franchisees. However, Sunrisers Hyderabad showed interest in the Maharashtra cricketer and bought him.
Mumbai Indians bought Adam Milne for Rs. 3.2 crore. The New Zealand pace bowler was part of Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2016 and 2017 but did not play a match due to injury. There was a close battle between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals for the Kiwi cricketer, but he was ultimately purchased by Mumbai Indians.
Milne has only played 5 matches in IPL so far in which he grabbed 4 wickets. With such stats in Indian Premier League, the 28 years old batsman was not expected to attract so much money.