As the Indian Premier League auction returned to its avatar with a high salary, a huge splash of money was expected from various franchisees who wanted to support their team for the upcoming season. While a total of Rs 483.89 was spent extravagantly on some of the biggest names in modern cricket, the bowlers were the ones who hit the dirt during the day.
C IPL returning once again to India after a break in the UAE, the franchisee seems to be looking to boost its bowling skills with three of the top four signings, which turned out to be rhythms.
Here we will look at the five best offers at the auction and what their inclusion means for the franchise with which they were acquired.
1. Joy Richardson (Rs 14 crore – Punjab Kings)
Jhye Richardson was the most sought-after name at the auction, as the vineyard suggested that many franchisees would shoot him after his winner in the golden hand in the Big Bash League.
The Australian pacer, who has so far represented the national team in 24 international matches, was recruited by the newly named Punjab Kings after a battle with the Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The winner in the golden hand of the Big Bash League (BBL) was announced as one of the biggest possible purchases at the auction and he turned out to be one. The 24-year-old Western Australian was chosen by the Punjabi kings, who had the largest purse before the auction, as they squandered 14 crores for the pacer. Richardson, who has played 24 games for Australia in various formats, will play his first IPL.
2. Kyle Jamieson (Rs 15 crore – Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Kylie Jamieson’s invasion of international cricket made a lot of noise in his home nation, as New Zealand’s 6-foot and 6-inch foot shone in his debut series against the powerful Indian team.
Given the natural advantage that the 26-year-old fast bowler has, the management of the RCB team is sure to rub their palms with the exciting opportunities that Kyle introduces. Last but not least, it should not be forgotten that the unstable Kiwi is also capable of making fireworks with the bat in order; in short ideal for the shortest game format.
3. Riley Meredith (Rs 8 crore – Punjab Kings)
Riley Meredith was certainly one of the best surprises at the auction. The 24-year-old uncovered Australian pacer caught everyone’s attention in the Big Bash League when he crossed the 150 km / h barrier, putting him in the company of real rhythms.
And the Tasmanian cricketer is not just at pace, as he scalped 16 goals in 13 games with a saving of 7.82 in Big Bash. The combination that it sells for a huge amount of 8 rupees means we can see it sharing the new ball with Mohamed Shami, something the Indian step missed in the last IPL.
4. Adam Milne (Rs 3.2 crores – Mumbai Indians)
The success of the Mumbai Indians over the years has revolved around their bowling. The franchise has always ensured that the team is rich in bowling and this has included an intensification of the tempo attack. Remaining true to this identity, the defending champions introduced themselves to Adam Milne until they regained Nathan Coulter-Neal to fill the void left by the now retired Lasit Malinga and released Mitchell McClinegan.
Known as the fastest New Zealand step after Shane Bond, Milne still has big shoes to fill if he wants a regular spot in player XI with similar Jasprit bumrah and compatriot Trent Bult. In fact, this would be his second outing with the franchise, as his first stay with MI went unnoticed until he was released in 2019.
5. Dan Christian (Rs 2.4 crore – Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Australia’s Dan Christian was introduced for 4.8 kroner by INR from Royal Challengers Bangalore at the IPL 2021 auction on Thursday. Christian, a powerful multifunctional manufacturer, has dealt with many franchises around the world.
Christian was part of the Sydney Sixers, who won their third BBL title earlier this year. The 37-year-old will join forces with Nawdiy Saini and Mohamed Siraj to strengthen the pace of the Bangalore crew. In BBL 2020-21, Christian had a decent outing, scoring 272 runs, along with receiving 15 wickets.