Edging previous Yuvraj Singh’s Rs 16-crore contract for Delhi Daredevils in 2015, South African allrounder Chris Morris turned the costliest IPL participant ever, going for Rs 16.25 crore to Rajasthan Royals on the Twenty20 league’s high-profile annual auction Thursday.
New Zealand allrounder Kyle Jamieson got here shut however fell quick, with Royal Challengers Bangalore taking him for Rs 15 crore. After a fierce bidding battle between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and RCB, Australian Glenn Maxwell was bought to the Bengaluru-based franchise for Rs 14.25 crore. At Rs 14 crore, CSK pulled out of the race.
In different huge buys, Kings XI Punjab, renamed as Punjab Kings, bagged Australian pacer Jhye Richardson for Rs 14 crore, and spent Rs 8 crore for uncapped Aussie quick bowler Riley Meredith.
Among the Indian gamers, off-spinner Okay Gowtham turned a millionaire by way of CSK’s Rs 9.25 crore purchase whereas Punjab signed uncapped Tamil Nadu batsman Shahrukh Khan for Rs 5.25 crore.
In all, the 2021 IPL auction at Chennai threw up fireworks and surprises regardless of not being a full auction and nearly all of the groups already having a settled core group.
Morris is a hard-hitting batsman and a prime death-overs bowler. And RCB had launched him this time period, hoping to resign him at a lesser quantity than the Rs 10 crore it had shelled out final yr. Today, the franchise was firmly within the bidding battle, together with Mumbai Indians, Punjab and Royals. But Royals have been decided to have him, particularly with high quality pace-bowling allrounders at a premium and their availability figuring out the auction dynamics.
“He (Morris) is a quality bowler through all phases of the game, and can win us games with the bat too. We did stretch, that was our last bid, luckily Kings held back. Delighted to have him back with the Royals,” the franchise CEO Jake Lush McRum mentioned.
Death-overs bowling had been a weak space for Royals final yr, with solely England’s Jofra Archer to fall again on. The acquisitions of Morris and Bangladesh pacer Mustafizur Rahman indicated that they wished to plug the void.
Morris hasn’t performed any aggressive cricket after final yr’s IPL. With an damage historical past, the 33-year-old missed the primary matches of the match within the UAE and turned up solely in 9 matches, scoring 34 runs and taking 11 wickets at an financial system charge of 6.63.
As a franchise official advised The Indian Express on auction eve: “The entire auction dynamics depend on requirements and utility. If a team is looking to have a certain type of player, then subject to the purse available, it can go big to have him.”
Royals got here to the auction with Rs 37.85 crore of their kitty. Apart from death-overs bowling, they wished to have a big-hitting Indian batsman within the middle-order who may bowl as properly. Shivam Dube at Rs 4.4 crore would possibly serve their requirement.
Maxwell had an underwhelming IPL final yr, with 108 runs from 13 matches and simply 3 wicket. But within the T20I sequence in opposition to India Down Under that adopted the IPL, he scored at a strike-rate of 150. And within the ODI sequence in opposition to India, he upped his strike-rate to 194.18, scoring 167 runs in three matches.
“It very much depends on what role each team wants him (Maxwell) to play. In our team he could be used very much as (a) finisher role. Obviously he is a multi-skilled player, he is good in the field and obviously he is able to bowl off-spin. We all know how good a touch he (is in) away from the IPL,” RCB director of cricket Mike Hesson mentioned on the press convention.
Immediately after he was secured by RCB, Maxwell tweeted: “Looking forward to joining @RCBTweets for this years @IPL Can’t wait to put everything I have in to helping us lift the trophy!”
Despite being an IPL heavyweight, the title has remained elusive to RCB. They have Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers up the order and wanted an influence participant decrease down. Maxwell fitted the invoice.
CSK, too, badly wished him on board, however after some extent their out there auction purse, Rs 19.90 crore, turned an obstacle. As a franchise insider hinted Wednesday, the three-time champions have been seeking to rope in a few spin allrounders – one among them a big-hitter – to make the facet extra balanced. They spent greater than 16 crore from their auction purse on Moeen Ali (Rs 7 crore) and Gowtham.
“Some of the areas where we were focusing on, allrounders and a little bit of power-hitting. Moeen has always contributed with both bat and ball. We are happy with the buys,” CSK bowling coach Lakshmipathy Balaji mentioned.
Jamieson made an influence throughout India’s tour of New Zealand in early 2020. He was probably the most economical bowler within the ODI sequence. He troubled the Indian batsmen by way of steep bounce he extracted off the decks. In the not too long ago concluded Test sequence in opposition to Pakistan, the 26-year-old was in prime kind, bagging a few five-fors.
But Jamieson is a beginner in Indian situations, like Richardson and Meredith. Then once more, each are tearaway quicks and after Anrich Nortje’s success for Delhi Capitals within the final yr’s IPL, who hurled thunderbolts in extra of 150kph, groups appear to have fallen for tempo.