IPL 2021 Auction Review: Which Team Stands Where?

The IPL Auction for the 2021 season took place recently and most of the teams did what was expected of them. While there were some surprisingly explosive bids, there were some surprising misses too. Let’s have a look where each team stands after the recently concluded auction:

1. Royal Challengers Bangalore

New Players Picked: Glenn Maxwell (14.25 cr), Sachin Baby (20L), Rajat Patidar (20L), Mohammed Azharuddeen (20L), Kyle Jamieson (15.00 cr), Daniel Christian (4.80 cr), Suyash Prabhudessai (20L), Srikar Bharat (20L)

Review: The Royal Challengers had a busy day in the auctions with two big picks, Glenn Maxwell and Kyle Jamieson. While both went for bigger bucks than expected, it is clear what their role with RCB would be. Maxwell is expected to don the role of a finisher for RCB while Jamieson would likely fill the void left by Morris’ release.

With Devdutt Padikkal, Josh Philippe, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell, RCB’s batting looks very strong on paper. If Jamieson performs to what he has promised RCB has all chances to lift the trophy this year.

RCB has also picked Dan Christian who has performed well in the recently concluded Big Bash 2021, but he is unlikely to get many chances. Azharuddeen, Bharat, Rajat and Sachin Baby have fared decently in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and will be raring to grab the few opportunities they recieve.

2. Kolkata Knight Riders

New Players Picked: Shakib Al Hasan (3.20 cr), Sheldon Jackson (20L), Vaibhav Arora (20L), Karun Nair (50L), Harbhajan Singh (2.00 cr), Ben Cutting (75L), Venkatesh Iyer (20L), Pawan Negi (50L)

Review: KKR did a decent job in the auction trying to fill whatever gaps had to be filled. While Shakib, their biggest buy, might be a backup for Sunil Narine, KKR has failed to pick a good backup for Andre Russell. As seen in the previous seasons, Russell is prone to injuries and they need a big player to fill his shoes. Ben Cutting seems decent at an overview, but is he good enough?

KKR also picked the experienced Indian campaigners Harbhajan Singh and Karun Nair at a relatively cheaper prices. Pawan Negi is also a good option, given his experience.

3. Punjab Kings

New Players Picked: Dawid Malan (1.50 cr), Jhye Richardson (14.00 cr), Shahrukh Khan (5.25 cr), Riley Meredith (8.00 cr), Moises Henriques (4.20 cr), Jalaj Saxena (30L), Utkarsh Singh (20L), Fabian Allen (75L), Saurabh Kumar (20L)

Review: PBKS did a daylight robbery by grabbing Malan at his base price. With a franchise revamp, PBKS surely changed their name, but have continued the same habit of splashing big bucks on players. PBKS purchased Richardson, Riley Meredith, Henriques and Shahrukh Khan at hefty prices. Fabian Allen and Jalaj Saxena are decent picks given their prices.

This squad looks balanced on paper. But most of their new buys are either on Indian pitches or are inexperienced in the big league. Once again, KL Rahul will have to take a lion’s share of the responsibility on himself.

4. Chennai Super Kings

New Players Picked: Moeen Ali (7 cr), Krishnappa Gowtham (9.25 cr), Cheteshwar Pujara (50L), Harishankar Reddy (20L), Bhagath Verma (20L), Hari Nishanth (20L)

Review: CSK went huge on the uncapped player K. Gowtham who has just had one good IPL season to his name. They’ve also roped in the very experienced Moeen Ali this time. But one of their surprising picks was Pujara who is coming in as a backup to Suresh Raina. Given how CSK batting faltered towards the middle in the previous season, Pujara is a good pick.

CSK once again is banking on experienced players with youngsters only as backups. They have also not chosen to pick an overseas batsmen to replace Shane Watson. This indicates that Moeen Ali will get ample amount of chances in the middle-order as Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad might open.

5. Delhi Capitals

New Players Picked: Steve Smith (2.20 cr), Umesh Yadav (1.00 cr), Ripal Patel (20L), Vishnu Vinod (20L), M Siddharth (20L), Lukman Meriwala (20L), Tom Curran (5.25 cr), Sam Billings (2.00 cr)

Review: DC has yet again shone in their auction strategy of picking tons of backup players. They’ve got in Smith at a cheap price who has absolutely no role to play in the Delhi Capitals mix-up. Umesh Yadav would be a good backup for Ishant Sharma while Tom Curran is a good backup for Marcus Stoinis.

DC has also roped in Vishnu Vinod as a backup for Rishabh Pant, whose injury disturbed DC’s balance last year. While they have big picks, their playing XI would pretty much be the same from last year.

6. Sunrisers Hyderabad

New Players Picked: Jagadeesha Suchith (30L), Kedar Jadhav (2 cr), Mujeeb Ur Rahman (1.50 cr)

Review: As expected, SRH had nothing much to do in the auction. They’ve just filled in a few gaps here and there. If used wisely, Kedar Jadhav can strengthen the SRH batting whose middle-order has been a problem. Mujeeb is a great pick at his base price and if SRH manage to fit him in the squad along with Rashid Khan, then the spin-duo can do a lot of damage.

SRH squad pretty much stands the same from last year.

7. Rajasthan Royals

New Players Picked: Shivam Dube (4.40 cr), Chris Morris (16.25 cr), Mustafizur Rahman (1.00 cr), Chetan Sakariya (1.20 cr), KC Cariappa (20L), Liam Livingstone (75L), Kuldip Yadav (20L), Akash Singh (20L)

Review: RR went all guns blazing for Chris Morris. Given the fact that there was absolutely no bowler to aid Jofra Archer in the previous season, this was an obvious move. Shivam Dube will add ample strength to the RR middle order. Chetan Sakariya had a brilliant Syed Mushtaq Ali Tournament this season and RR will try to make the best use of him.

RR’s middle-order seemed awry last season and it looks better now. But once again, the onus is on its bowling department to perform well. Although it looks unlikely, if RR manages to fit both Archer and Mustafizur to the squad, their bowling will see a lot of strength.

8. Mumbai Indians

New Players Picked: Adam Milne (3.20 cr), Nathan Coulter-Nile (1.50 cr), Piyush Chawla (2.40 cr), James Neesham (50L), Yudhvir Singh (20L), Marco Jansen (20L), Arjun Tendulkar (20L)

Review: MI had only one overseas pacer in its squad coming into the auction. They’ve once again roped in Coulter Nile in their squad while Adam Milne is a decent pick for 3.20 crores. Piyush Chawla has ample experience with him while Neesham on his good days can do a lot of damage.

While MI’s batting is the same, it is their bowling which has been looked at in this auction. And once again, MI looks very strong on paper.

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