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Hope you enjoyed all the updates from the IPL 2021 auction. Thanks for tuning in with SportsTiger.

9:55 PM IST - There you go. Full squads for IPL 2021 below!

9:20 PM IST - That was SRH at the IPL auction, quiet but they believe they have what they wanted.

9:15 PM IST - Tom and Jerry look ready to take over at RCB!

9:10 PM IST - Like father, like son?

9:05 PM IST - Punjab Kings for IPL 2021!

9:00 PM IST - Just goes on to say that not everyone is lucky to earn an IPL contract, an opportunity of a lifetime indeed.

8:45 PM IST - Not sure anybody predicted this pick, probably one of the most interesting choices.

8:20 PM IST - Rajasthan Royals cap off their auction in style. Harry Maguire knows!

That was the final pick for the 2021 IPL auction. We've come to a wrap in Chennai. 

Arjun Tendulkar (20 LAKHS): SOLD TO MI for his base price of 20 lakhs!

Akash Singh (20 LAKHS): SOLD TO RR for 20 lakhs!

Pawan Negi (50 LAKHS): SOLD TO KKR for 50 LAKHS!

Venkatesh Iyer (20 LAKHS): SOLD TO KKR for his base price.

Hanuma Vihari (1.00 CRORE): No bids arrived and he is UNSOLD!


All the overseas slots have been filled now! CSK, DC, PBKS, and SRH have finished the auction entirely. No more slots to fill for them.

Gurkeerat Singh (50 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Pawan Negi (50 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Ben Cutting (75 LAKHS): SOLD TO KKR for base price!

Rassie van der Dussen (50 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Corey Anderson (75 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Hari Nishaanth - SOLD TO CSK for 20 lakhs

Harbhajan Singh - SOLD TO KKR for 2.00 crores!

Mujeeb ur Rahman - SOLD TO SRH for 1.50 crores!

Sam Billings - SOLD TO DC for 2.00 crores!

Kedhar Jadhav - SOLD TO SRH for 2.00 crores 

Karun Nair - SOLD TO KKR for 50 lakhs base price!

Time for notable unsold players to get another chance!

Saurabh Kumar (20 LAKHS): SOLD TO PUNJAB KINGS for base price.

Pratyush Singh (20 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Marco Jansen (20 LAKHS): SOLD TO MI for the opening bid of 20 lakhs!

Tim David (20 LAKHS): No buyers, he is also UNSOLD!

Gerald Coetzee (20 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Jack Wildermuth (50 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

K. Bhagath Varma (20 LAKHS): SOLD TO CSK for 20 lakhs!

Yudhvir Charak (20 LAKHS): SOLD TO MI for his base price of 20 lakhs!

Chaitanya Bishnoi (20 LAKHS): No interest from the franchises, UNSOLD!

George Linde (50 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Isuru Udana (50 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Chris Green (30 LAKHS): No bids and he is also UNSOLD!

Reece Topley (50 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

James Neesham (50 LAKHS): MI have secured his services at base price of 50 lakhs, SOLD!

Scott Kuggeleijn (50 LAKHS): No buyers, UNSOLD!

Kuldip Yadav (20 LAKHS): RR are the only interested party and SOLD at his base price.

N. Harisankar Reddy (20 LAKHS): SOLD TO CSK FOR 20 LAKHS!

Josh Inglis (20 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

K.S Bharat (20 LAKHS): RCB snap him up as well for his base price of 20 LAKHS, SOLD!

Suyash Prabhudessai (20 LAKHS): SOLD TO RCB for his base price!

Prerak Mankad (20 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Tajinder Dhillon (20 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Siddhesh Lad (20 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Sean Abbott (50 LAKHS): No interest for him, UNSOLD!

Matthew Wade (1.00 CRORE): UNSOLD!

Ben McDermott (50 LAKHS): No bids, he is also UNSOLD!

Thisara Perera (50 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Liam Livingstone (75 LAKHS): RR have made the opening bid and they secure him for 75 Lakhs base price,

Daniel Christian (75 LAKHS): SOLD TO RCB for 4.80 crores!

Daniel Christian (75 LAKHS): RCB and KKR are waging war over Christian. The latest bid from RCB is at 3.20 crores. KKR are willing to push them further!

Periyaswamy (20 lakhs): UNSOLD

Fabian Allen (75 lakhs): SOLD TO PUNJAB KINGS for his base price

Ben Dwarshuis (30 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Vaibhav Arora (20 LAKHS): SOLD TO KKR for base price!

K.L Shrijit (20 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Utkarsh Singh (20 LAKHS): SOLD TO PUNJAB KINGS for base price of 20 LAKHS!

Karan Sharma (20 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Jalaj Saxena (30 LAKHS): SOLD TO PUNJAB KINGS at the base price of 30 LAKHS!

We are into the final 57 players now at the auction!


There you go. All the details you need to know are below ranging from franchise-wise players picked, budget remaining and slots to fill. We shouldn't have to wait too long for the auction to resume after the break in Chennai, watch this space for all the updates as promised.

Sunrisers Hyderabad - INR 10.45 crores remaining, 1 overseas slot, 2 overall slots left

Mumbai Indians -INR 4.75 crores remaining, 2 overseas slots, 4 slots overall left

Punjab Kings - INR 20.25 crores remaining, 1 overseas slot, 4 slots overall left

Rajasthan Royals - INR 14.8 crores remaining, 1 overseas slot, 4 slots overall left

Chennai Super Kings - INR 3.15 crores remaining, No overseas slot, 3 slots overall left

Kolkata Knight Riders - INR 7.35 crores remaining, 1 overseas slot and 6 slots overall left

Royal Challengers Bangalore - INR 5.55 crores remaining, 1 overseas slot and 6 slots overall left

Delhi Capitals - INR 4.15 crores remaining, only 1 overseas slot left

Budgets and slots remaining for all franchises to follow shortly!

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Jagadeesha Suchit (30 lakhs)

Mumbai Indians: Adam Milne (3.20 crores), Piyush Chawla (2.40 crores), Nathan Coulter-Nile (5.00 crores)

Punjab Kings: Dawid Malan (1.5 crores), Jhye Richardson (14.00 crore), Shahrukh Khan (5.25 crores), Riley Meredith (8.00 crores), Moises Henriques (4.20 crores)

Rajasthan Royals: Shivam Dube (4.40 crores), Chris Morris (16.25 crores), Mustafizur Rahman (1.00 crore), Chetan Sakariya (1.20 crores), K.C Cariappa (20 lakhs)

Chennai Super Kings: Moeen Ali (7.00 crores), K Gowtham (9.25 crores), Cheteshwar Pujara (50 lakhs)

Kolkata Knight Riders: Shakib Al Hasan (3.20 crores), Sheldon Jackson (20 lakhs)

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Glenn Maxwell (14.25 crores), Sachin Baby (20 lakhs), Rajat Patidar (20 lakhs), Mohammed Azharudden (20 lakhs), Kyle Jamieson (15.00 crores)

Delhi Capitals - Steve Smith (2.20 crores), Umesh Yadav (1.00 crore), Ripal Patel (20 lakhs), Vishnu Vinod (20 lakhs), Lukman Meriwala (20 lakhs), M Siddharth (20 lakhs), Tom Curran (5.25 crores)

That's a break for now. Full list of players bought by the franchises to follow soon.

Naveen Ul Haq (50 LAKHS): No interest in the Afghan pacer, he is also UNSOLD!

Jason Behrendorff (1.00 CRORE): UNSOLD again!

Mitchell McLenaghan (50 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Billy Stanlake (1.00 CRORE): No buyers for the lanky Australian, UNSOLD!

Mohit Sharma (50 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Oshane Thomas is also UNSOLD at 50 LAKHS!

Varun Aaron (50 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

SET 13 will be the last lot before the break.

Moises Henriques (1.00 CRORE): This is turning out to be an interesting battle. RCB and PBKS refuse to give up. The latest bid is 4.20 crores from PBKS. And SOLD TO Punjab Kings for 4.20 crores is Moises Henriques from Australia.

Moises Henriques (1.00 CRORE): RCB have made the opening bid. Punjab Kings enter the race now.

Marnus Labuschagne (1.00 CRORE): No buyers for the Australian and he is UNSOLD in his first ever IPL auction.

Gurkeerat Singh (50 LAKHS): No interest from the franchises, UNSOLD!

Tom Curran (1.50 CRORE): SRH have raised the stakes to 5.00 crore, but DC will not let go. SOLD TO DC for 5.25 crores!

Tom Curran (1.50 CRORE): DC and SRH involved in the race for Curran. The bidding is gathering substantial pace. 4.00 crores is the latest bid by DC.

Ben Cutting (75 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Kyle Jamieson (75 LAKHS): SOLD TO RCB for 15.00 crores! 

Kyle Jamieson (75 LAKHS): Massive bidding war between RCB and PBKS. The latest bid stands at 14.00 crores by RCB.

Kyle Jamieson (75 LAKHS): Punjab Kings have entered the race after DC pull out. 8.50 crores is the latest bid by RCB.

Kyle Jamieson (75 LAKHS): The bidding war is well and truly on. RCB and DC matching each other neck-and-neck here. RCB make 6.00 crore bid now.

Kyle Jamieson (75 LAKHS): RCB have made the first bid for the Kiwi pacer. DC enter the race now.

Pawan Negi (50 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

SET 12 is ready to be auctioned!

Martin Guptill (50 LAKHS): No interest for the Kiwi opener and he is UNSOLD!

Cheteshwar Pujara (50 LAKHS): CSK have made the opening bid and SOLD for 50 lakhs!

Rassie van der Dussen (50 LAKHS): No bids and UNSOLD!

Darren Bravo at 75 LAKHS! is also UNSOLD!

Devon Conway (50 LAKHS): No buyers for the Kiwi batter either, UNSOLD!

Corey Anderson (75 LAKHS): UNSOLD again!

Shaun Marsh (1.50 CRORE): UNSOLD!

Rovman Powell (50 LAKHS): The West Indies batter is UNSOLD!

SET 11 is ready to come out of the bag next. 

The buys from the uncapped players' list are listed below. More to follow on the other side, stay tuned!

Sachin Baby20 lakhs to RCB

Rajat Patidar20 lakhs to RCB

Ripal Patel20 lakhs to DC

Shahrukh Khan5.25 crores to PBKS

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K Gowtham9.25 crores to CSK (highest ever sum for an uncapped player)

Vishnu Vinod20 lakhs to DC

Sheldon Jackson20 lakhs to KKR

Mohammed Azharudden20 lakhs to RCB

Lukman Meriwala20 lakhs to DC

Chetan Sakariya1.20 crores to RR

Riley Meredith8.00 crores to PBKS

M Siddharth20 lakhs to DC

Jagadeesha Suchit30 lakhs to SRH

K.C Cariappa20 lakhs to RR

Time for a break!

Tejas Baroka (20 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Midhun Sudhesan (20 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Sandeep Lamichhane (40 LAKHS): No buyers for the Nepalese spinner, UNSOLD!

K.C Cariappa (20 LAKHS): RR have made the opening bid. SOLD TO RR for 20 lakhs in the end.

Jagadeesha Suchith (20 LAKHS): Punjab Kings pull out quickly and Suchit is SOLD TO SRH for 30 lakhs!

Jagadeesha Suchith (20 LAKHS): SRH have made the opening bid at 20 lakhs. Punjab Kings join now.

Karanveer Singh (20 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

M Siddharth (20 LAKHS): DC have made the opening bid for the highly-rated Tamil Nadu spinner. And SOLD! Surprised no one else went for him.

SET 10 coming up for uncapped spinners!

Tushar Deshpande (20 LAKHS): The Mumbai seamer is UNSOLD!

Riley Meredith (40 LAKHS): SOLD TO PUNJAB KINGS for 8.00 crores!

Riley Meredith (40 LAKHS): DC are not slowing down, but Punjab Kings make it 6.00 crores now!

Riley Meredith (40 LAKHS): DC have made the opening bid and Punjab Kings enter the race now. The bidding is gather substantial pace. 2.00 crores is the latest bid by DC.

Chetan Sakariya (20 LAKHS): SOLD TO RR for 1.20 crores!

Chetan Sakariya (20 LAKHS): RCB and RR have initiated the bids. RCB are in the lead with their latest bid amounting to 85 lakhs!

Lukman Meriwala (20 LAKHS): DC have made the opening bid and SOLD to them for 20 lakhs base price!

Ankit Rajpoot (30 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Mujtaba Yousuf (20 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

We are ready for SET 9, it will be the uncapped bowlers coming up next!

Avi Barot (20 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Mohammed Azharuddeen (20 LAKHS): RCB have made the opening bid. SOLD at base price of 20 LAKHS!

Kedar Devdhar (20 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Sheldon Jackson (20 LAKHS): KKR have matched his base price. SOLD at 20 lakhs to KKR!

Vishnu Vinod (20 LAKHS): DC have made the opening bid for the Kerala wicket-keeper batsman. SOLD at base price of 20 lakhs for Delhi Capitals

Now we move on to the uncapped wicket-keepers list!

Krishnappa Gowtham (20 LAKHS): SOLD TO CSK for 9.25 CRORES!

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Krishnappa Gowtham (20 LAKHS): CSK have entered the race with their 7.75 crore bid, but SRH raise it to 8.00 crores.

Krishnappa Gowtham (20 LAKHS): 4.40 crores is the latest bid by KKR, but SRH are unwilling to let go. They have pushed it to 6.00 crores now!

Krishnappa Gowtham (20 LAKHS): KKR have made the opening bid! SRH have joined the race and have raised the bid to 1.30 crores!

Ayush Badoni (20 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Shahrukh Khan (20 LAKHS): SOLD TO PUNJAB KINGS for 5.25 crores!

Shahrukh Khan (20 LAKHS): 4:00 crores is the latest bid by Punjab Kings. Now RCB have pushed their rivals to 4.40.

Shahrukh Khan (20 LAKHS): Punjab Kings have now entered the race and push RCB to raise the stakes towards 2.60 crores.

Shahrukh Khan (20 LAKHS): RCB and DC have initiated the bidding war for the explosive Tamil Nadu batter. 1.50 crore by RCB is the latest bid.

Ripal Patel (20 LAKHS): SOLD TO DC for base price!

Rajat Patidar (20 LAKHS): RCB have made the opening bid, SOLD!

Himmat Singh (20 LAKHS): UNSOLD

Vishnu Solanki (20 LAKHS): UNSOLD

Sachin Baby (20 LAKHS): RCB have made the opening bid for the former Kerala captain, SOLD TO RCB!

C. Hari Nishaanth (20 LAKHS): No buyers for the Tamil Nadu opener, UNSOLD!

Himanshu Rana (20 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Uncapped batsmen are next in line!

Adam Milne – 3.20 crores to MI

Mustafizur Rahman - 1.00 crore to RR

Jhye Richardson – 14.00 crore to PBKS

Umesh Yadav – 1.00 crore to DC

Piyush Chawla – 2.40 crores to MI

That draws SET 5 to a close. Piyush Chawla to MI (2.40 crores) was the only buy from the lot. Time for a five-minute break.

Piyush Chawala

Qais Ahmad (50 LAKHS): UNSOLD! 

Piyush Chawla (50 LAKHS): SOLD TO MI for 2.40 crores!

Piyush Chawla (50 LAKHS): The bidding has gone up to 2.20 crores now with DC taking the lead in the race. 2.40 from MI now.

Piyush Chawla (50 LAKHS): MI and DC have initiated their interest in Piyush Chawla. 1.00 crore is the latest bid by MI

Ish Sodhi (50 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Harbhajan Singh (2.00 CRORES): The veteran Indian spinner cannot find a buyer either, UNSOLD!

Harbhajan Singh

Mujeeb Ur Rahman (1.50 CRORES): UNSOLD AGAIN, no buyers yet for a spinner.

Rahul Sharma (50 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Adil Rashid (1.50 CRORES): UNSOLD!

SET 5 - Capped spin bowlers coming out of the hat next.

Umesh Yadav (1.00 CRORE): DC have made the opening bid for Umesh Yadav, SOLD at base price of 1.00 crore to the Delhi Capitals

Umesh Yadav

Sheldon Cottrell (1.00 CRORE): UNSOLD

Nathan Coulter-Nile (1.50 CRORE): SOLD TO MI at 5.00 crores

Nathan Coulter-Nile (1.50 CRORE): DC and MI are at loggerheads for the Australian all-rounder. 4.00 crores is the latest bid by DC.

Jhye Richardson (1.50 CRORE): SOLD TO PUNJAB KINGS for 14.00 CRORES!

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Jhye Richardson (1.50 CRORE): 13 CRORES! It goes on and on, now Punjab Kings are in the lead for Richardson.

Jhye Richardson (1.50 CRORE): 10 CRORES! Both sides are showing no signs of slowing down. RCB have raised it to 10.75 now

Jhye Richardson (1.50 CRORE): The latest bid has come from RCB, who have raised the stakes to 7.25 crores. Punjab Kings enter the race again!

Jhye Richardson (1.50 CRORE): RCB and Punjab Kings have initiated the bidding. The latest bid has arrived from DC though, they have offered 2.20 crores.

Mustafizur Rahman (1.00 CRORE): SOLD TO RR for base price of 1.00 crore!

Adam Milne (50 LAKHS): SOLD TO MI for 3.20 crores

Adam Milne (50 LAKHS): RR pull out the race, but SRH have now joined the race with MI. The latest bid on the table is 3.20 crores by Mumbai Indians

Adam Milne (50 LAKHS): Mumbai Indians have made the opening bid. RR push it to 55 and MI are forced to go to 60 lakhs.

Set 4 - Capped fast bowlers coming up next!

Kusal Perera (50 LAKHS): UNSOLD, yet again. Set 3 is over!

Sam Billings (2.00 CRORES): No bids again, UNSOLD!

Alex Carey (1.50 CRORES): UNSOLD!

Glenn Phillips (50 LAKHS): UNSOLD!

Glenn Phillips is the first player out after the break. Base price of 50 lakhs!


Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Kedar Jadhav, Evin Lewis and Aaron Finch were some of the players who went unsold from the first set. The auction will resume after a short break, stay tuned.

Chris Morris is now the most expensive buy ever in the IPL auctions. Surprised to see Malan being sold at his base price. We've provided the full list of players that were sold in the opening session.

Steve Smith2.20 crores to Delhi Capitals

Glenn Maxwell14.25 crores to Royal Challengers Bangalore

Shakib Al Hasan3.20 crores to Kolkata Knight Riders

Moeen Ali7:00 crores to Chennai Super Kings

Shivam Dube4.40 crores to Rajasthan Royals

Chris Morris -16.25 crores to Rajasthan Royals

Dawid Malan1.50 crores to Punjab Kings

Dawid Malan (1.50 CRORES): Opening bid from Punjab Kings for the Englishman. SOLD for 1.50 crores. Massive steal for Punjab Kings. Surprised to see no one else pushing for Malan there.

Chris Morris (75 LAKHS): 16.25 crores from the Rajasthan Royals now. This is massive! SOLD! RR have their man!

Chris Morris (75 LAKHS): 14.75 is the latest bid by the Rajasthan Royals. Punjab Kings now push it to 15.00 crores.

Chris Morris (75 LAKHS): RR have pushed it to 13.25 crores now and MI are doubting whether or not to pursue the deal. And Punjab Kings enter with 13.50 crores!

Chris Morris (75 LAKHS): Mumbai Indians have edged out RCB in the race with their 10.00 CRORE bid. However, RR have now lead the race with their 11.25 bid.

Shivam Dube (50 LAKHS): SOLD to RR for 4.40 CRORES!

Shivam Dube (50 LAKHS): Delhi Capitals have now made an entry with a 3.80 crore bid after SRH pull out. RR push now for 4.40 crores.

Shivam Dube (50 LAKHS): SRH have made the opening bid. RR join the race now.

Moeen Ali (2:00 CRORE): SOLD TO CSK for 7:00 crores!

Moeen Ali (2.00 CRORE): SEVEN CRORES! Moeen Ali is the second player to spark a bidding war. CSK are in the lead with their 7.00 crore bid. Punjab Kings wondering whether or not push again.

Moeen Ali (2.00 CRORE): FIVE CRORES! CSK have made the latest bid. Now they are forced to raise it to 5.50 but Punjab Kings refuse to give up and push to 5.75 crores.

Moeen Ali (2.00 CRORE): CSK continue to fend off pressure from Punjab Kings and have pushed their bid to 4.60 crores now.

Moeen Ali (2.00 CRORE): Punjab Kings make the opening bid but CSK is quick to join. The former champions have taken a lead with their 3.00 crore bid.

Shakib Al Hasan (2.00 CRORE): SOLD TO KRR for 3.20 CRORES!

Shakib Al Hasan (2.00 CRORE): Punjab Kings push further forward again, but KKR show no signs of pulling out. As it stands, the highest bid is from KRR at 3.20!

Shakib Al Hasan (2.00 CRORE): KKR have made the opening bid. Punjab Kings push it to 2.20 but KKR take the lead again with 2.40 bid!

Kedar Jadhav (2.00 CRORE): UNSOLD!

Glenn Maxwell (2.00 CRORE): SOLD TO RCB for 14.25 CRORES!

Maxwell - Sold for 14.25 Cr

Glenn Maxwell (2.00 CRORE): 14 CRORES by CSK is the latest bid. RCB pondering whether or not to push further. And push they will, 14.25 by RCB

Glenn Maxwell (2.00 CRORE): CSK have made it 13 CRORES! Maxwell has sparked a massive bidding war. It goes to 13.25 now in favour of RCB, what a battle.

Glenn Maxwell (2.00 CRORE): The southern rivals are showing no signs of slowing down. CSK leading the race with their 12 crore bid now. And RCB push them behind again with a 12.75 crore bid.

Glenn Maxwell (2.00 CRORE): It goes on and on. RCB in the lead with their 10.25 crore bid for Maxwell. CSK push again and force RCB to up their stakes to 11.25 crores!

Glenn Maxwell (2.00 CRORE): RCB and CSK are involved in a real battle to try and snap up Maxwell here. CSK have raised their latest bid to 9.50 crore.

Glenn Maxwell (2.00 CRORE): KKR push it to 4.20 and RCB reply with 4.40 crore. CSK enter the race with 4.60 bid.

Glenn Maxwell (2.00 CRORE): The bidding war is underway. 2.80 crore by KKR as it stands. RCB enter the race, they have pushed it to 4.00 crore.

Hanuma Vihari (1.00 CRORE): No buyers, UNSOLD! That is the end of SET 1 and only Steve Smith has found a buyer in Delhi Capitals.

Aaron Finch (1.00 CRORE): UNSOLD! The Australian limited-overs captain is also short of buyers.

Evin Lewis (1.00 CRORE): UNSOLD, no buyers for the West Indies opener.

Steven Smith (2.00 CRORE): SOLD TO Delhi Capitals for 2.20 CRORES

Steve Smith Sold

Steven Smith (2.00 CRORE): Opening bid from RCB! DC raise the stakes, 2.20 crores for Smith now. 


Alex Hales (1.50 CRORE): The Englishman is out of the bag. UNSOLD AGAIN!

Karun Nair (50 LAKHS): The first player out on the table. AND UNSOLD!

3:10 PM IST:  Auctioneer Hugh Edmeades has taken centre-stage to auction the capped batsmen in SET 1

3:00 PM IST: HAMMER TIME! - We're ready for the big names from SET 1 to go under the hammer. The likes of Aaron Finch, Steve Smith, Jason Roy and Alex Hales are present in this particular set.

2:55 PM IST: It is that time indeed, sit back and may the force be with you.

2:50 PM IST: As expected, the banter has begun even before the auction. Punter has his fingers crossed!

2:45 PM IST: FEVER-PITCH! - The stage has been set for a while, but it will soon heat up with the bidding wars set to get underway.

2:40 PM IST: Delhi Capitals drawing up their final plan ahead of the auction. Head coach Ricky Ponting joins the meeting virtually. The IPL 2020 runners-up have 13.4 crore remaining in their purse to fill 8 slots.

2:35 PM IST: TICK TOCK - Just under 30 minutes remaining for the highly-anticipated auction to unfold in Chennai. ARE YOU READY?

2:30 PM IST: Look closely, what do you see? Yes, the CSK contingent at the IPL 2021 auction wearing "Definitely Not" T-shirt under their blazers.

2:25 PM IST: Some BBL stars up for grabs at low base prices:

50 lakhBen McDermott, Sean Abbott, Jack Wildermuth

40 lakhRiley Meredith, Mark Steketee

30 lakhBen Dwarshuis, Chris Green

20 lakhWes Agar, Josh Inglis, Tanveer Sangha, Max Bryant, Jake Weatherald, Tim David, Aaron Hardie

2:20 PM IST: REPORTS - Seven more players have been added to the initial list of 292 players for the auction. Although the names are yet to be revealed, it is reported that 299 players will now go under the hammer.

2:15 PM IST: Reigning champions Mumbai Indians have initiated the guessing game. Who will be their pick?

1:55 PM IST: A word from coach Jumbo Jet for what's to follow in Punjab camp -

1:47 PM IST: The stage is set, franchises are ready, the moment of action inches closer every minute

1:41 PM IST: Punjab's boss man is here for some important auction tips! Will they get the dub here?

1:38 PM IST: Royals to plan the auction after going down the memory lane?

1:31 PM IST: Are you in for some Yellove <3? Whistle Podu!

1:17 PM IST: Sounds like the perfect plan for Royals' auction:

1:10 PM IST: Royal Challengers Bangalore in attendance!

12:55 PM IST: What's on the menu? :P

12:45 PM IST: Knight Riders are ready for the auction! Are you?!

12:27 PM IST: Bangalore's guide for bowlers to look out for in auction today -

12:16 PM IST: How are Punjab planning to get an excellent start to new beginnings? Know with Preity Zinta -

12:00 PM IST: 3 hours to go for the IPL Auction!

In the meantime, keep yourself updated. Check out the squad details, remaining purse, slots left for all franchises

11:43 AM IST: Preity Zinta lands in Chennai ahead of IPL 2021 Auction

11:12 AM IST: Mike Hesson is ready for the Big Day!

10:56 AM IST: Mohammad Kaif and Pravin Amre reveal DC's plans going into the auction

10:35 AM IST: KXIP turns PBKS!

The short form of Punjab Kings will be PBKS.

10:20 AM IST: CSK Manager Russell is hoping for a good night!

10:16: MS Dhoni, Stephen Fleming to join team table virtually

CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming will join the auction virtually via phone.

10:00 AM IST: Mark Wood withdraws from IPL 2021

England fast bowler Mark Wood has withdrawn from today’s Indian Premier League auction in order to spend  time with his family.

Punjab Kings

Can new name bring new fortune for the Punjab side? They would certainly hope so. They are one of the three teams that are yet to win the IPL. In the 2020 edition, they ended the league in the 6th position. The KL Rahul- led side has 9 slots to be filled, and they have 53.2 crores left with them. They have 3 overseas players in their squad right now, and can pick 5 more. The side has a pretty strong batting line up but they will look to bolster their bowling attack.

The IPL 2021 Auction is all set to take place on February 18th in Chennai. With so much buzz around the auctions, there are some major developments that have occurred which can have an impact on the approach of the franchises during the auctions. Let’s have a look at a few talking points ahead of the much-anticipated auction.

Mohammed Azharuddeen: Hot-pick for 2021 Auction

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26-year-old Mohammed Azharuddeen, a swashbuckling wicket-keeping batsman, recently came into limelight after becoming the first Kerala cricketer to smash a century in a T20 match (137* off 54 against Mumbai in SMAT 2021). The batsman became an overnight star after playing one of the finest innings in the history of the tournament. He will go under the hammer at a base price of INR 20 Lakhs. It would be interesting to see which franchises bid for him and where the talented Kerala cricketer eventually lands up.

Ricky Ponting won’t be seen at DC’s Auction Table

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It has been reported that Delhi Capitals’ head-coach Ricky Ponting will not be travelling to Chennai for the Auction. In his absence, assistant coaches Mohammed Kaif and Pravin Amre should be at the helm of the Delhi Capitals’ table during the IPL auctions on Thursday. From the management side, chairman Kiran Kumar Gandhi, owner Parth Jindal and the analysts are expected to join them. DC captain Shreyas Iyer will also be unavailable as he is preparing for the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy.

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MS Dhoni will attend the Auction virtually

Chennai Super Kings captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and head-coach Stephen Fleming will take part in the Auction virtually. CSK's CEO Kashi Vishwanath confirmed that the duo would stay connected with the team through online mediums. He said, “They (Fleming and Dhoni) are not coming to Chennai for IPL Auctions but in today’s time, there are so many mediums to stay connected. They will be with us digitally.”

Major upset for IPL Franchises

IPL Franchises have suffered a major setback ahead of the Player Auction. As per reports, South African players could miss the initial part of IPL 2021. They have a white-ball series scheduled against Pakistan, which ends on April 16th. It can also have an impact on the bidding of South African all-rounder Chris Morris. Teams might not want to spend too much on a player who would be unavailable in the beginning of the tournament. Meanwhile, New Zealand and England are also scheduled to play a Test series from June 2nd. Hence, the players involved in that series could miss the business end of the mega-tournament. Franchises might be slightly reluctant now to go for hot-targets like Moeen Ali and Kyle Jamieson during the auction.

It would be interesting to see how the various franchises react to these recent developments during the Player Auction on Thursday.