IPL 2021 Auction: From Azhar, SRK to Riley striking gold to Morris becoming most expensive player in history; Know more-

NewsBharati    19-Feb-2021   
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The IPL 2021 Auction did not miss to surprise or shock in any way, this year, too. Be it significant players getting unsold or few players getting auctioned at a very high price. Some players who have not played international cricket ended up being sold for big money at the IPL 2021 auction in Chennai on Thursday. And then there were surprising names that were bid were bid at a high price and turned into millionaires.
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To begin with, South-African all-rounder Chris Morris became the costliest player in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL) auction on Thursday when Rajasthan Royals snapped him up for Rs 16.25 crore. Earlier, Yuvraj Singh was the costliest-ever buy in auction history as he was bought for Rs 16 crore by Delhi Daredevils in IPL 2015. Following the former India all-rounder are Pat Cummins (Rs 15.5 crore, 2020) and Ben Stokes (14.5 crore, 2017).

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Secondly, it was Cheteshwar Pujara, the veteran red-ball specialist of India, who made his comeback to IPL when Chennai Super Kings roped him in for Rs 50 lakh in the IPL 2021 auction. After being bought by the MS Dhoni-led side, Pujara took to social media and posted a tweet with a caption: “Thank you for showing the faith. Look forward!”

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There were uncapped players who sold at big money
Krishnappa Gowtham

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Base price: Rs 20 lakh, Bought for Rs 9.25 crore by Chennai Super Kings
Role: Spin All-rounder 
He has 1045 runs with one century from 42 First Class games apart from 166 wickets.
Riley Meredith
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Base Price: Rs 40 lakh, Bought for Rs 8 crore by Punjab Kings
Role: Right-arm fast bowler 
He was a star performer for the Hobart Hurricanes side in the Big Bash League. In 34 games for the Hurricanes, he has bagged 43 wickets at an average of 23.60 and an economy rate of 8.06.
Shahrukh Khan

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Base price: Rs 20 lakh, Bought for Rs 5.25 crore by Punjab Kings
Role: Spin All-rounder
He played a key role in his side winning the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy this year.
Shockingly, there were few players who went unsold! Aaron Finch, Alex Hales, Sam Billings, Jason Roy, Martin Guptill, and Mitchell McClenaghan were a few of them.