Despite winning the title and picking a couple of wickets in the final, Nathan Coulter-Nile was released by Mumbai Indians ahead of the IPL 2021 auction. The right-arm pacer was rotated along with James Pattinson last season; he was given the nod over Pattinson in the playoffs.
However, Coulter-Nile’s heavy price of INR 8 crores, and his fitness issues – NCN missed BBL matches for Melbourne Stars – are the key reasons for him not being retained. The Australian managed to pick 5 wickets in 7 matches in IPL 2020, but provided decent support to Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult and is likely to be bought by some franchise in the upcoming auction.
If not Mumbai Indians, who might also want to buy back Coulter-Nile at a lower price, there are other teams looking for a quality overseas pacer in the IPL 2021 Auction.
IPL 2021 Auction: 3 Teams Which Can Target Nathan Coulter-Nile
Royal Challengers Bangalore
Once again the Royal Challengers Bangalore will enter the IPL auction in search of fast bowlers, overseas fast bowlers in particular. Nathan Coulter-Nile will be on their radar as they have shown interest in the Aussie a few years by buying him – however, he missed the season owing to an injury.
RCB has released Isuru Udana, Dale Steyn, Chris Morris, and Umesh Yadav and NCN could fit the bill perfectly – the Virat Kohli-led franchise also has enough money to buy the pacer at a heavy price.