IPL 2021: Team-wise best and worst buys in the auction
Much like the previous IPL auctions, there were both: some prolific, value-for-money buys and a few questionable ones.
Updated - Feb 19, 2021 11:49 am
The Indian Premier League (IPL) has been a pioneer in franchise cricket for over a dozen years and there is not another league that comes close to the unequaled quality of cricket, the pool of talent, and the overall glitz of the T20 League. Unlike international cricket, the squadrons in the IPL are not distributed based on nationality or geography, but a distinctive mechanism in the name of the auction.
While the performance of players on the field is paramount for a team’s success, plenty of how the team will fare relies on the tactics and strategy adopted by their respective think-tanks during the auction too. Though the auction for the IPL 2021 was planned as a two-day affair with all the teams undergoing a complete overhaul, the Coronavirus pandemic led the auction for the 14th edition to be a ‘mini’ auction where 292 players – 164 Indian, 125 foreign, 3 associate nation – went under the hammer for 61 slots.
The varied purses, different shopping demands, and non-identical number of slots meant that all the franchises were on their toes to strategize their buys to fill every possible loophole in their units, however, much like the previous auctions, there were both: some prolific, value-for-money buys and a few questionable ones.
The best and worst buys of IPL Auction 2021
1. Royal Challengers Bangalore
Best Buy: Glenn Maxwell
The Royal Challengers Bangalore broke the bank to grab the services of Glenn Maxwell. Maxwell had a shocker IPL 2020 and a rather underwhelming BBL 2021, although that did not deter RCB from spending a staggering INR 14.25 Crores to occupy his services. RCB’s over-reliance on the Virat Kohli-AB de Villiers duo has been a perennial concern and despite no dearth of ballast in their batting order, the struggle in the middle-phases last year was evident.
Not only is a lineup comprising of Kohli, De Villiers, and Maxwell the most daunting, but the addition of the Australian star will give both their mainstays some breathing space. Besides that, Maxwell adds immense value to any side with his handy off-spin and gun fielding.
Worst Buy: Kyle Jamieson
The New Zealand pacer has hogged the limelight after some consistent and match-winning performance for his team at the international level. Jamieson was one of the players to watch out for in this year’s auction, although by the end of it, he is a player being eyed for entirely different reasons. RCB went bonkers, spending a mind-boggling 15 Crore to occupy the services, making him the fourth-most expensive buy in the league’s history.
While his addition undeniably adds strength to RCB’s death bowling – a never-ending bone of contention – the price offered to a player priced at INR 75 Lakhs makes little or no sense. Therefore, if not in terms of performance, in terms of auction strategy, Jamieson is indeed RCB’s worst buy.