IPL 2021 Auction witnessed some thrilling bid-wars as franchises splashed out huge amounts to secure the services of various overseas cricketers. While some star batsmen did not find too many buyers, it was the all-rounders who stole the show on Thursday. Let us have a look at the Top 5 Overseas buys in the Auction so far.
Chris Morris (RR – INR 16.25 Crore)
The South African all-rounder has become the most expensive player in the history of IPL Auction. Punjab Kings, Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore went into an intense bidding war to secure the services of Morris. However, the 33-year-old was eventually bought by Rajasthan Royals for a whooping amount of INR 16.25 Crore. He will now form a lethal bowling combination with Jofra Archer. Morris has scalped 80 wickets in 70 matches in Indian Premier League. He also has 551 runs to his name at a scintillating strike rate of 157.87.
Kyle Jamieson (RCB – INR 15 Crore)
The 26-year-old Kiwi was touted to be one of the most exciting players ahead of the Auction. The fans were certainly not disappointed as teams went all out to buy the New Zealand all-rounder. Royal Challengers Bangalore outbid Punjab Kings and Delhi Capitals to buy Jamieson for a mega-price of INR 15 Crore. Jamieson has only played 4 T20Is and has scalped 3 wickets in his short career. However, he has been scintillating in the Test format, with 36 wickets in 6 matches.
Glenn Maxwell (RCB – INR 14.5 Crore)
The explosive all-rounder has always been an attractive player whenever he features in IPL Auction. After being released by Punjab Kings, he was definitely going to be the player to watch out for on Thursday. Although Chennai Super Kings showed a lot of interest in buying the Aussie cricketer, the 32-year-old went to Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 14.5 Crore. He will now join the likes of Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers in a star-studded side. Maxwell has played 82 matches in his IPL career and has scored 1505 runs at a strike rate of 154.67.
Jhye Richardson (PBKS – INR 14 Crore)
The Australian pacer was certainly one of the most talked about players coming into this year’s Auction. After a really impressive BBL campaign, Delhi Capitals and Royal Challengers Bangalore went into a really exciting bidding battle to buy the speedster. Punjab Kings, who had the highest purse left, came into the race and certainly made their intentions clear as they bought Jhye Richardson for a humungous amount of INR 14 Crore. In the recently concluded BBL, Richardson took 29 wickets in the 17 matches at an impressive economy of 7.69.
Riley Meredith (PBKS – INR 8 Crore)
The right-arm fast bowler was certainly one of the dark horses in this year’s IPL Auction. Known for his death bowling abilities, Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings went in hard to secure the services of the exciting Australian pacer. Preity Zinta’s team eventually won the Auction battle as they bought the pacer for INR 8 Crore. Meredith took 16 wickets in 13 appearances in BBL 10, at an economy rate of 7.83.