The auction for the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) took place today in Chennai and the day produced a plethora of thrills and spills as an intense day of bidding unfolded. Each franchise began the day with plans in place and they executed it to perfection even amidst stiff competition and bidding wars from other teams. All in all, it was an enthralling day in the context of the IPL.
Uncapped players going for huge money at the auction is not an uncommon site and the same was witnessed today as a few well-known as well as lesser-known uncapped players went for large sums of money. Here are the four uncapped players who went for more than Rs. 1 crore at the auction today.
Shahrukh Khan was touted even before the auction that he would go for big money, come the big event. The same was proved as Shahrukh was picked up by the Punjab Kings for a whopping sum of Rs. 5.25 crores. The lanky batsman is known for his big-hitting abilities. He can also bowl occasional off-breaks and hence, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he slots straight into the playing XI for the Punjab franchise.
Riley Meredith has been taking the Big Bash League by storm with his performances for the Hobart Hurricanes. He was touted to go big at the auction as well and it proved to be so as the Punjab Kings got hold of him for 8 crores. With his fearsome mustache and ability to choke the runs and pick up wickets, Meredith might also make a case for himself to straightaway be drafted into the playing XI.
Saurashtra bowler Chetan Sakariya was one of the surprise picks at the auction as he went for a sum of Rs. 1.2 crores to the Rajasthan Royals. The youngster has been making waves at the domestic circuit ever since his debut in the 2017 Vijay Hazare Trophy. He has also become a regular feature of the Ranji Trophy team for Saurashtra and he will now have a point to prove at the 2021 IPL to justify his price tag.
Krishnappa Gowtham made history as he became the most expensive uncapped player signing in the history of the IPL as the Chennai Super Kings acquired him for a whopping sum of Rs. 9.25 crores. Despite the fact that they had signed a similar player in Moeen Ali, CSK went all-out for the Karnataka all-rounder by joining in the bidding war late. Having already been a part of the IPL, Gowtham will want to prove his worth yet again by performing well for the Men in Yellow.