At this year’s IPL 2021 Player Auction ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL), 292 players will go under the hammer as teams search for the right balance. While teams have kept most of their squads intact from the previous edition, there will be some big names available on Thursday to hit the auction in Chennai. While some teams have surprisingly released their star players, there are also new names that teams will be happy to get their hands on.
Here are some of the biggest players to go under the hammer in the IPL 2021 auction:
Steve Smith (base price: Rs 2 crore)
The Rajasthan Royals’ decision to release their captain Steve Smith came as a surprise, and Smith – considered one of the best hitters in the world – is the most prominent name on Thursday’s auction list. Although Smith scored three half centuries in the 2020 season, he was unable to lead his team to the playoffs, but he still remains a huge asset with the bat and will be a great addition to any franchise that picks him up.
Glenn Maxwell (base price: Rs 2 crore)
The big-hitting Australian had a disappointing season in 2020 and was subsequently let go by Kings XI Punjab. But he has since impressed again in the Big Bash League and for Australia against India, and as one of the deadliest T20 batsmen, he can still be a valuable addition to any team.
Kedar Jadhav (base price: Rs 2 crore)
Jadhav was released by Chennai Super Kings after an indifferent 2020 season, but will get a good look in the auction. Jadhav brings enormous experience and his all-round abilities make him a good addition. He is one of two Indian players listed at the highest base price.
Dawid Malan (base price: Rs 1.5 crore)
Dawid Malan has never played in the IPL, but the English left-handed is currently the top ranked batsman in the game’s shortest format and is expected to generate some demand in the auction. Malan comes up for auction with an average of 53.43 in 19 T20 Internationals (T20Is) and a very impressive success rate of 149.47.
Shakib Al Hasan (base price: Rs 2 crore)
The former Bangladesh captain did not play the last edition of the IPL as he is serving his one-year suspension, but is back in the fight for the next season. Shakib is a good batsman and very effective with his left arm spider. He can be the all-rounder most teams would like to have.
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