IPL 2021: 5 Cricketers who deserved a better sold price in the auction
Intensified bidding-wars were expected in case of these players.
Updated - Feb 22, 2021 11:10 am
The IPL Auction was quite an entertaining event as teams engaged in exciting bidding wars for several top players. 57 players were bought on the 18th of February including 22 overseas stars. More than Rs. 145 crore was spent by franchises as they looked to build title-winning squads.
Chris Morris broke several records on the day as he was bought by the Rajasthan Royals for Rs. 16.25 crores which made him the most expensive player in the history of the league. Even Kyle Jamieson, Jhye Richardson, and Glenn Maxwell received bids in excess of Rs. 10 crores. Krishnappa Gowtham was the costliest Indian player as he was snapped up by CSK for Rs.9.25 crore.
While there were several players who were bought for high prices, and in some cases arguably more than what they were worth, some players ended up with bids lesser than what they probably deserved.
On that note, here’s a look at 5 players who deserved a better sold price in the IPL auction:
1. Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan is back in the Indian Premier League after missing the last edition due to his one-year suspension, and he will be in action for Kolkata Knight Riders with whom he won two IPL titles. He was bought for Rs. 3.2 crore by KKR and will provide them with excellent competition for places.
He has scored 5080 runs in 317 T20s and picked up 360 wickets while conceding at less than seven. He is a consistent performer with the bat and is economical with the ball in hand while also picking up crucial wickets.
Although 3.2 crore isn’t that small an amount, given the fact that Shakib is one of the best all-rounders in the game makes it a bargain price for the Knight Riders. With the ability to bat anywhere and even bowl at various stages of the game, he will provide them with good value for money.