Although a mini-auction, the bidding war that erupted on Thursday night in Chennai was an exciting affair with record money scattered, especially for everyone. 291 players went under the hammer and 57 slots were filled with Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore firing the most. Chris Morris became the most expensive player bought by IPL at auction with Rajasthan Royals, who paid INR 16.25 kroner for the wagon, while Krisnappa Gowtham became his counterpart without the Chennai Super Kings, who took him for 9.25 kroner. There were some weird photos and a few thefts, but at the end of the five-hour event, here’s how the eight teams face the 14th season of the IPL …
Chennai Super Kings:
CSK, which came in seventh in the IPL 2020 with 12 points, the worst show in 11 years, headed to the auction to fill the gap left by outgoing Shane Watson, in addition to looking for finger spin options, who parted ways with Piyush Chaula and Harbhajan Singh. Watson’s departure also means that CSK are in search of a hit, most likely a foreign player, at the top of the line. Hence both Mouen Ali and Glenn Maxwell were on their radar along with Steve Smithwho is a good spin player. And they traveled the distance to rope the last two in the first round of the Chennai Bidding War before they could fill the English wagon. And then he added Krishnapa Gotham, another universal bowling with the ability to hit hard down the line. The addition of Cheteshwar Pujara also shows that CSK has prepared a team for Chepauk, although it seems strange to pursue a player who has not played T20 since 2019 and has a strike rate of just over 90 in his 30 IPL appearances, most recently in 2014. Apart from that they managed to buy two more spinners, both without a lid, they also took the option to open in C Hari Nishanth, who was recently part of the Tamil Nadu team that reached the final in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. [ALSO READ: Full list of sold and unsold players]
CSK seems to have covered all their bases with the two big purchases they made to strengthen the composition of the wad, taking into account mainly the conditions of Chepauk.
Capitals of Delhi:
After successfully reaching the playoffs in seasons backwards, on the way to the IPL 2020 final, the capitals retained most of their key players. But after splitting from six players and swapping two others, Delhi needs backups for its ideal XI, most importantly Rishabh Pant and Marcus Stoinis.
Delhi made a rope to Vishnu Vinod, India’s option to fight the door, and Sam Billings, his overseas counterpart as a reserve reserve for Pant, but failed to get it for Stoinis, although Tom Quran did find a place in the team that is more on lower order bowling. Delhi also managed to steal Steve Smith for just INR 2.2 crores, which will add to his lead group and will be useful at the top of the squad. [ALSO READ: Lucky to have Steve Smith so cheap, says Delhi Capitals assistant coach Kaif]
Knights in Kolkata:
With the release of Tom Bunton, the two-time IPL winners needed a strong reserve for Sunil Narine, which performed poorly last season. They also needed a backup option to grow for the weekend with the departure of Nikhil Nike and a hit midfielder. KKR will also keep in mind that it is looking for a suitable second option for injury-prone Andre Russell.
Their biggest purchase at auction was Shakib Al Hasan, returning the station wagon after seven years. He will act as a backup for Narin as well as for Russell, while providing a midfield hit, along with Ben Cutting, who was introduced during the penultimate bidding round, at his base price. KKR also added the experienced Harbhajan to its list as another backup spin option, while receiving Sheldon Jackson as an additional wicketkeeper.
However, they failed to load an Indian seamstress on board, where they have two unsealed Indian seamstresses in Kamlesh Nagarkotti and Prasid Krishna.
C Lasit Malinga retired and Nathan Coulter-Neal, Mitchell McClenagan, James Pattinson released, Mumbai Indians desperately need opportunities for fast bowling abroad. And probably an attacking spinner for medium overs. But their bidding campaign started off smoothly, losing the chance to get Chris Morris, and they eventually quickly filled the gap with New Zealand. Adam Milne before returning Coulter-Neil. In addition, they added another wagon, Jimmy Niessham, to their team and went after an uncovered foreign left-handed tailor in Marco Jansen. For the role of rotation, they introduced veteran Piyush Chaula. On paper, Mumbai managed to find backups of their favorite XI, thus covering all bases before his season to defend the title.
With the smallest wallet (INR 10.75 crore) and only four slots to fill, one of which was for a foreign player, SRH had nothing to worry about when it went to auction in Chennai. And so keep quiet for much of Thursday’s bidding. Their only area of concern was finding an experienced middle-class Indian batsman, the lack of which has hurt them immensely in finding the right balance over the past two seasons. There was only one such player for grabs and SRH attacked him, managing to get him Kedar jadhav at its base price of INR 2. They also managed to get Rashid Khan’s compatriot Mujib Ur Rahman on board at his base price, suggesting strong reserve options for their first XI, although it is highly doubtful whether the youngster can get a game over the former’s preferences when another Afghan player Mohammad Nabi went without a game last season. But if pitches require spinners, SRHs have the opportunity to go with two of their Afghan players. SRH also managed to get another Indian middle-class wagon at Jagadeesha Suchith.
With a purse of INR 53.20 kroner, the Punjab Kings were the busiest franchise on Thursday, buying up to nine players. Possessing a predominantly strong Indian core, they were especially in search of foreign wagons, spinning toes and bowling opportunities for Indian stitching. KXIP selected three universal participants in Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena and Fabian Allen, the latter two also not revolving and strengthening their tempo bowling department, where they fought especially last season (death bowling must be specific), with the addition, Joy Richardson and Riley Meredith. However, they failed to get a spare Indian ambulance on board. However, the Punjab Kings look very strong on paper – add Allen to the batting squad, replace one of Jalaj’s legions and they have seven fighters in the squad, and then replace Chris Jordan with Meredith / Richardson in the bowling department. [WATCH: Tamil Nadu team ‘celebrates’ Punjab Kings’ Rs 5.25 crore bid for Shahrukh Khan]
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
With the second-highest purse in the auction, RCB looked at many things to look for big names. With the entry of Glenn Maxwell as a universal middle-middle baht, RCB was able to reduce their dependence on They grow kohli and AB de Villiers, although Moeen Ali, with a better record than the Australian, would have played the same role if the franchise had invented his place in XI.
To replace Morris, RCB followed Kyle Jamieson, shooting 15 crowns INR to bring on board the New Zealand wagon, which has experience of only 38 T20 games. And managed to replace Aaron Finch with Mohamed Azharuddin, who had an impressive campaign by Sied Mushtaq Ali this season. However, they failed to assemble an experienced middle-class Indian batsman and will have to work out the combination using Sachin Baby and Rajat Patidar. An overseas top-ranking batsman would also reduce further dependence on the two canes, but RCB failed to pursue Steve Smith.
Nevertheless, RCB managed to invest heavily in their watt unit, with the squad dropping to eighth place after earlier scoring Daniel Sams for the Capitals, who showed beating skills in the final season of the BBL. Bowling will largely depend on Yuzvendra sighed, with Jamieson’s talent in form yet to be revealed.
There were mainly three areas of concern for Rajasthan – a high-ranking batsman where Stephen Smith and Robin Utapa had fought in the previous season, a universal battle / bowling and a bowling opportunity. They tackled the last two, shooting the most per player in IPL history, scoring Morris for INR 16.25 kroner while taking Mustafizur Rahman. They also added an Indian station wagon to the Shivam Dube. For the top-ranked spot they had worried about throughout their previous campaign, the Royals took Liam Livingstone on board at its base price of the INR 75 Lakh, which is a strong ball hitter and a useful bowling option.