The highly anticipated Indian Premier League auction 2021 which took place on February 18 in Chennai saw a couple of expensive and shocking bids among the shortlisted 291 players. The all-rounders had a good day in the auction as bidding wars took place when talented all-rounders from all around the globe were introduced. A few records were broken in the auction which has created a buzz across the cricketing world. Some of the purchases were lauded by the fans and followers while some didn’t fit well. Let’s have a look at the top three buys of the IPL auction 2021:
- Moeen Ali
After being released by Royal Challengers Bangalore, Moeen Ali was among the 291 shortlisted players for the IPL auction 2021. After the short and entertaining cameo along with the bat and eight wickets with the ball in the second Test match, the all-rounder showcased his abilities, to which a bidding war was waged when he was introduced in the auction yesterday. Finally, the talented England all-rounder ended in Chennai Super Kings’ camp as the three-time IPL champions offered a bid of 7 crore for the player. The CSK captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni always had great chemistry with an off-spinner and has been highly successful with those kind of bowlers in his team.
- Steve Smith
Steve Smith’s release from Rajasthan Royals attracted a lot of attention and a high bid was expected for the star Aussie player in the IPL auction 2021. With a base price of 2 crore, there wasn’t any bidding war for Smith. With a minimal effort, the top-order batsman ended up in Delhi Capitals’ camp for the price of 2.2 crore. Despite making into the finals in the previous edition of the IPL, Delhi’s top order looked inexperienced, with Smith’s inclusion in the team the batting line up will be strengthened.
- Jimmy Neesham
After being released by the newly branded Punjab Kings, Jimmy Neesham was bought by Mumbai Indians in the IPL auction 2021 for a hefty amount of 50 Lakh. With the ability to bowl and bat, Neesham fits rightly in the Mumbai Indians’ squad as he can partner up with Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya in the middle overs either with the bat or ball. Neesham can provide a couple of overs with the ball as well as numerous maximums at the back end of the innings.