IPL 2021 Player Auction: 292 players will go under the hammer as franchises look to fill 61 slots.© Twitter
The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 player auction is set to take place in Chennai on Thursday. A total of 292 players will go under the hammer at the auction. All the eight franchises will look to strengthen their squad with big players like Steve Smith, Aaron Finch, Alex Hales are up for grabs. India’s veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara have also registered themselves for the auction. Punjab Kings, who recently changed their name from Kings XI Punjab, will go in the auction with the biggest purse — 53.20 crore as they look to fill in nine spots including five overseas signings. SunRisers Hyderabad have three slots to fill — least among all eight teams.
IPL 2021: SunRisers Hyderabad Purse — Rs 10.75 crore!
The 2016 champions SunRisers Hyderabad are one of the most consistent teams especially in last few seasons, reaching playoffs multiple times. Along with KKR, they have the lowest money in their bag to bid on players during this IPL 2021 Auction — with only Rs 10.75 crore in their bag. But they have only three slots (including one overseas) available to them.
IPL Auction 2021: Kolkata Knight Riders purse — Rs 10.75 crore!
Kolkata Knight Riders failed to qualify for the playoffs last season but they have kept their core intact and go in the auction with the joint-lowest purse at Rs 10.75 crore and have eight slots available, including two foreign picks.
IPL 2021 Auction: Delhi Capitals Purse — Rs 13.4 crore!
Last season’s finalists Delhi Capitals go in the auction with Rs 13.4 crore in their bag and have eight slots, including three overseas.
IPL Auction: Mumbai Indians purse — Rs 15.35 crore!
Mumbai Indians, the most successful franchise in the IPL history, don’t have many flaws in their side but like any top team they always make every auction count and will be looking to so the same. They have Rs 15.35 crore to spend in the IPL 2021 Auction and have seven slots to fill, including four overseas.
Chennai Super Kings purse cap — Rs 19.9 crore!
MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) didn’t have a successful IPL auctions by their own high standards and have released some of the experienced players like Harbhajan Singh, Kedar Jadhav among others. They have Rs 19.9 crore in their kitty and have total six slots to fill, including just one overseas slot.
Royal Challengers Bangalore — Rs 35.4 crore!
Virat Kohli-led RCB have also let go off some of their big players like Aaron Finch, Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Umesh Yadav among others. RCB, who reached the playoffs last season, have Rs 35.4 crore to spend and have 11 slots to fill, including three overseas spots.
Rajasthan Royal Purse have Rs 37.85 crore!
Rajasthan Royals, having released their last year’s skipper Steve Smith, go in the auction with the second biggest purse of Rs 37.85 crore and have nine slots to fill, with three overseas.
Big-ticket players up for grabs!
The eight franchises released several big-ticket players like Steve Smith, Glenn Maxwell, Aaron Finch, among others. They along with some exciting T20 cricketers will be up for grabs in the auction including the likes of Alex Hales, Sheldon Cottrell and others.
292 players to go under the hammer!
Among the 292 players set to go under the hammer, 164 cricketers are from India, 125 are overseas players and three players from Associate Nations. Of all these players a maximum of 61 players can be bought during the auction as that is the total number of slots available with the eight franchises.
Punjab Kings have the biggest purse!
Punjab Kings, who recently changed their name from Kings XI Punjab, will go into the auction with the biggest purse among all franchises — 53.20 crore.
Hello and welcome!
Hello and welcome to our coverage of the Indian Premier League player auction. The fate of 292 players will be decided today in Chennai as eight franchises will look to strengthen their squads.