The franchises that have a well-resourced bowling lineup have gone on to win more IPL titles — and it was evident with the Mumbai Indians (MI) winning the trophy record five times. The IPL 2021 auction saw a lot of franchises looking to strengthen their bowling by going for out and out fast bowlers.
Chris Morris became the most expensive player in the IPL Auction history due to his ability with the ball and was bought by the Rajasthan Royals for a whopping 16.25 crore. Jhye Richardson and Kyle Jamieson were the other expensive bowlers bagging 14 crores and 15 crores respectively. The franchises have figured out that a good bowling lineup is a must for performing consistently.
IPL 2021: Rating All 8 Teams On The Basis Of Their Bowling Line Up:
8. Punjab Kings – 6.5/10
Punjab Kings have a relatively inexperienced bowling unit with Mohammad Shami being the only limelight. Their two leg spinners, Murugan Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi have done well last season, but still, they are pretty young and it will be a tough road for them to perform on a consistent basis.
They have roped in Aussie quick bowlers Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith for a combined amount of 22 crores. They have no experience in the IPL before and it will be tough for them to adapt very soon. They don’t have a good bankable all-rounder who can give four overs and don’t have the right backups in the Indian pace department too. They will be hoping that Shami is fit throughout the tournament.