With emotions running high and a lot of nervous nail-biting, watching IPL cricket matches is fun. However, the IPL auctions are also one of the most anticipated events of the game. This year saw some surprising and exciting auctions of the most expensive players in IPL history. With base prices breaking the roof, Chris Morris has surpassed the legendary player Yuvraj Singh to become one of the most expensive buys this season. But, it is Virat Kohli who still remains the most expensive player at Rs 17 crore for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
The 8 franchises dug deeper into their pockets to get top-quality players in their team. Other than Virat, here we share the top 5 highest-paid players at the VIVO IPL 2021 auction. Check out below whether your favorite player has made the cut.
Chris Morris, Rajasthan Royals
Chris Morris had a base price of Rs 75 lakh. However, this generated a bid from 4 teams with Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore sparring over Chris. Yet, it was Rajasthan Royals that sealed the deal and added this South African all-rounder to their team with a whopping bid of Rs 16.25 crore. In the past, Chris Morris was signed at Rs 16 Crore for Delhi Capitals in the 2015 IPL auction.
Kyle Jamieson, Royal Challengers Bangalore
While you cheer for Chris Morris, it is noteworthy that Kyle Jamieson, the medium-pacer from New Zealand has become the second most expensive buy this season. In this leg of the VIVO IPL 2021 extravaganza, Kyle Jamieson joins Royal Challengers Bangalore for a mind-blowing 15 Crore fee starting from the base price of 75 lakh.
Glenn Maxwell, Royal Challengers Bangalore
Starting an intense bidding war between CSK, RCB, and KKR, Glenn Maxwell was eventually roped in by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 14.25 Crores. Despite his performance in IPL 2020, and being released by Punjab Kings, this power-hitter from Australia has been one of the most sought-after players this season.
Jhye Richardson, Punjab Kings
The Punjab Kings were seen shelling a staggering Rs 14 Crore to rope in the Australian fast-pacer Jhye Richardson. This 24-year old player is the team’s hope to bridge the gap in their bowling department. Jhye Richardson has played 13 ODIs and 2 test matches for Australia. For Perth Scorchers, he’s also been a promising player in the Big Bash League. He has bagged 29 wickets from 17 games at an economy rate of 7.69.
Krishnappa Gowtham, Chennai Super Kings
Another entry to our Thala’s Chennai Super Kings is Krishnappa Gowtham. Roped in by CSK,
Krishnappa Gowtham has now entered his name in the history of IPL with a bid of Rs 9.25 crores. When it comes to uncapped buys in the IPL cricket auction, Krishnappa Gowtham is the most expensive to date. The 32-year old spin bowler from India has been featured in a number of matches with Punjab Kings.