So, finally the much-awaited IPL auction happened on February 18. There were few surprise buys at relatively higher prices, while there were few players who were bought at a lower cost than what they’ve been punted for.
So, here we are going to discuss the most economical buys in IPL 2021 auction:
1. Dawid Malan
The number 1 ranked T20I batsman in the world, Englishman Dawid Malan, was snapped by Punjab Kings (PBKS) at a base price of just Rs. 1.5 crores in the auction. He is by far the most economical buy this season. He will mostly be entrusted as a back-up to the ageing Chris Gayle.Embed from Getty Images
2. Steve Smith
The mainstay of the Australian team’s batting line-up was snapped by Delhi Capitals for an amount of just Rs.2.2 Cr. His base price was Rs.2 Cr. He will be mostly entrusted as a back-up to the middle-order batsmen.Embed from Getty Images
Till last year, he was the captain of Rajasthan Royals and one of their main batsmen. This year, he will be a backup overseas batsman. Can Delhi Capitals fit him in their plans?
3. Mustafizur Rahman
Also called “Fizz”, the lanky right-arm fast bowler from Bangladesh was snapped by Rajasthan Royals at a base price of Rs. 1 Cr. Though he didn’t play IPL after 2018, his recent form was good. So, he was an economical buy for the Royals as they snapped Chris Morris for a record Rs. 16.25 Cr.Embed from Getty Images
Mustafizur had a dream season with SRH back in 2016 when he picked 17 wickets at an economy-rate of just 6.90. In that season, he also won the “Emerging Player of the Tournament”, and became the first overseas player to receive this award.
4. Mohammed Azharuddeen
The explosive opening batsman from Kerala was snapped by Royal Challengers Bangalore at a base price of Rs. 20 Lakh. This was after a sensational 37-ball hundred for Kerala against Mumbai in a SMAT 2021 match. Kerala successfully chased a target of 197 in just 95 balls, with Azharuddeen scoring 137* off just 54 balls. It seemed once as if one was playing a cricket simulation game on mobile.
Mohammed Azharuddeen (Source: Kerala Cricket)
Azharuddeen’s dream of playing alongside Virat Kohli is coming true, and it is believed that he’ll be one of the openers for RCB in IPL 2021.
To play in the IPL has been a dream for me. And I am delighted that I would be playing for RCB, as the team’s captain Virat Kohli is the cricketer I admire most.Mohammed Azharuddeen
5. Sam Billings
The English middle order explosive wicket-keeper batsman was snapped by Delhi Capitals at a base price of Rs.2 Cr. He will mostly be a back-up to the middle-order batsman and regular wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant.Embed from Getty Images
Billings has played only 22 matches across 4 seasons of IPL. Although his stats are not very impressive, he did play some impressive knocks.
So which of these are the best picks? Let us know your thoughts!
Featured Image: Mohammed Azharuddeen (Source: Kerala Cricket)
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