IPL 2021: 5 Players who were lucky to get bids in the auction
These players don't quite have overly impressive numbers in the T20 format.
Updated - Mar 4, 2021 10:56 am
The dynamics in an IPL auction are often quite hard to understand, and we are often surprised by some of the decisions that are taken by franchises. Even this year, it was the same and there were several surprises including the likes of Kyle Jamieson and Glenn Maxwell receiving high bids while it wasn’t the same for the likes of Shakib Al Hasan and Dawid Malan.
Quite often there are some players who don’t receive any bids despite performing well in other leagues and for their countries, and on the contrary, there are some who are a tad fortunate to bag an IPL contract, despite poor performance in previous seasons, poor recent form in general or any other reasons.
More than Rs. 145 crores were spent on 57 players, but not all of them necessarily merited those bids.
On that note, here’s a look at 5 players who were lucky to receive bids in the IPL 2021 auction:
1. Arjun Tendulkar
Being the son of the greatest cricketer of all time, Arjun Tendulkar has a lot of expectations on his shoulders. Like his father, even Arjun wanted to be a cricketer from his childhood days and worked towards that as well.
The Mumbaikar is a left-arm pacer who can also score a few runs with the bat and is thus a bowling all-rounder. He doesn’t have much experience in domestic cricket having made his debut only during the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He played just two games and picked up two wickets while conceding at 9.57.
He didn’t look particularly impressive in those two games and with other good quality domestic pacers, it wasn’t going to be easy for him. However, he still attracted a bid at the very end for his base price of Rs. 20 lakhs. Without taking away any credit from him, it did look like the Mumbai Indians bid for him because of his surname given the fact that Sachin has played for them in the past.