With the Indian Premier League (IPL) season in 2021 set to take place in India and in the usual months of April and May, there has been considerable excitement about the auction preceding it. The auction will take place on February 18 in Chennai and according to reports from Cricbuzz, 1097 players have registered for the same and have also named the base price for themselves to be picked.
The big news about the player registrations was the fact that Australian pacer Mitchell Starc decided to not enroll himself for the auction despite the fact that he was touted to be the one who could potentially go for a huge amount of money. Meanwhile, S Sreesanth who has just returned to competitive cricket from his ban for spot-fixing enrolled his name and set his base price at 75 lakhs.
Arjun Tendulkar enrolls for the first time
Meanwhile, another name that grabbed attention among players who had registered was Arjun Tendulkar, the son of cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar. The left-arm seamer who is also a handy batsman, recently played for Mumbai in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and has also been training with the Mumbai Indians (MI) franchise as a net bowler for quite some years now. He has set his base price at 20 lakhs.
MI could be the favorites to sign him up at the auction because of the pacer’s prior experience with the franchise. But it remains to be seen if he will be sold and if there would be interest from other teams as well.