IPL auction 2021 has concluded and eight franchises spent whooping Rs. 145.30 crore to buy 57 players during the event. The mini-auction witnessed 35 Indian and 22 overseas players finding their way into the respective teams. Chris Morris emerged as the top buy in IPL history, bagging Rs. 16.25 crore contract with Rajasthan Royals. Glenn Maxwell is another cricketer who earned a big amount of Rs. 14.25 crore from Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Krishnappa Gowtham, who went to Chennai Super Kings at Rs. 9.25 crore price, became the most expensive Indian player in IPL auction 2021. Kyle Jamieson and Jhye Richardson were other players who earned massive bids of Rs. 15 crore and Rs. 24 crore respectively. Kyle Jamieson moved to Royal Challengers while Jhye Richardson found his way into Punjab Kings. Other than these massive purchases, there were some smart deals made by franchises. Here we take a look at the five smartest buys by franchises in IPL auction 2021.
IPL Auction 2021: 5 Smartest Buys
Umesh Yadav- DC – Rs. 1 crore
Delhi Capital bought Umesh Yadav for Rs. 1 crore, which was his base price in IPL auction 2021. Delhi Capitals needs a fast bowler and Umesh Yadav was a perfect choice for the franchise. The right-arm Indian bowler has a great IPL experience with 121 matches played so far. Umesh Yadav has grabbed 119 wickets in his IPL career. Considering Umesh Yadav’s pace attack in the bowling, his selection at Rs. 1 crore is a smart call from Delhi Capitals.
Mustafizur Rahman- RR- Rs. 1 crore
Bangladesh bowler Mustafizur Rahman was picked up by Rajasthan Royals at a base price of Rs. 1 crore. Mustafizur has good experience in domestic T20 leagues like Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) and Pakistan Super League (PSL). Mustafizur Rahman is a left-arm medium-fast bowler. He played IPL from 2016 to 2018 edition. He has taken 24 wickets in 24 matches so far. At Rs. 1 crore, Mustafizur Rahman comes as a very clever deal for Rajasthan Royals.
Mujeeb ur Rahman- SRH- Rs. 1.5 crore
Youngster Mujeeb ur Rahman was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad at his base price of Rs. 1.5 crore. Taking a glance at Mujeeb’s performance in Big Bash League 2020-21, the Afghanistan cricketer is a smart choice for Sunrisers Hyderabad. While playing for Brisbane Heat in BBL 2020-21, Mujeeb took 14 wickets in eight matches with a superb economy of 6.26. Playing for Kings XI Punjab in the last three IPL editions, Mujeeb has taken 17 wickets in 18 matches at an average economy of 8.23.
Shakib-al-Hasan- KKR- Rs. 3.2 crore
Shakib-al-Hasan made his way into his old franchisee Kolkata Knight Riders, the franchisee for which the Bangladesh cricketer played from 2011 to 2017. From his base price of Rs. 2 crore, Shakib was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders for Rs. 3.2 crore.
Being an all-rounder, Shakib comes as a bonus player for any team. He is great with the bat and also has the ability as a secondary bowler. From IPL 2018 to IPL 2020, Shakib moved to Sunrisers Hyderabad. Shakib-al-Hasan has played 63 matches in his IPL career so far, scoring 746 runs and grabbing 59 wickets.
Dawid Malan- PBKS- Rs. 1.5 Crore
Buying David Malan for Rs. 1.5 crore came out as a very good deal for Punjab Kings. The English cricketer David Malan holds top rank in ICC’s T20I rankings for batsmen. The 33-year-old has become a batting sensation in T20I cricket in recent time. David Malan will be making a debut in IPL 2021, but he has a lot of experience in foreign domestic T20 leagues. Considering the form which the English all-rounder has in the T20 format at present, he might come forward as a match-winner for Punjab Kings in IPL 2021.