Indian Premier League IPL 2021 Auction: Hello and welcome as we build up to IPL 2021 Player Auction. The Auction will commence at the ITC Grand Chola Hotel in Chennai from 3:00 PM IST and we will have you covered throughout the day. Some big guns that will go under the hammer in the auction - Glenn Maxwell (AUS), Steve Smith (AUS), Shakib Al Hasan (BAN), Mohammed Azharuddin (IND), Kedar Jadhav (IND) Kyle Jamieson (NZ), and Jason Roy (ENG) have chosen to be slotted in the highest bracket as well. Here are the top five players to watch out for at the IPL 2021 Auction.
A total of 1,114 cricketers had registered for the event. However, the list was cut down to 292 after the franchises submitted their shortlisted players. 164 Indian players, 125 overseas players, and three players from Associate Nations will be up for grabs in the auction. The complete list of players up for grabs is available at IPLT20.com.
1) Glenn Maxwell(Base Price: INR 2 Crores)
Kings XI Punjab's released Glenn Maxwell's reputation of being a game-changer prospect is on the line at the auction. Despite a couple of good seasons, 'Maxi' has been rather cold in the IPL. Meanwhile, he still attracts big bids due to his power-hitting abilities to take games away from the opposition, as was seen in the T20I series against India. Maxwell has had a horror season in 2020 for KXIP, where he didn't even hit a six. In BBL 10, he notched 379 at a strike rate of 143.56 and picked 7 wickets as well. Although released from KXIP, now Punjab Kings, he will be the top pick to bids for a couple of franchises.
2) Steve Smith (Base Price: INR 2 Crore)
Rajasthan Royals released their captain Steve Smith after an underwhelming last edition. Smith has made a rather strong case for himself ahead of the much-awaited auction. Although he had a poor season of IPL 2020, he 'found his hands' and reeled off back-to-back 62-ball ODI hundreds against India in ODIs Down Under. He has coupled with a lot of experience and his ability to switch gears across all formats makes him a good middle-order buy for teams eyeing to bolster their squad ahead of IPL 2021.
3) Kyle Jamieson (Base Price: INR 75 Lakhs)
New Zealand's ruthless pacer Kyle Jamieson has grabbed eyeballs and has forced his way into the spotlight after some scintillating performances in international cricket. Having a strike rate of over 100 in all three formats, Kyle Jamieson has created waves in New Zealand's domestic cricket circuit. His ability to pick up wickets with the new ball as well as the old one, coupled with his power-hitting abilities, makes him a hot pick in the auction. Therefore, the seven-foot-tall all-rounder will be a handy buy for any team that's looking for a strike bowler who can strengthen any team with some fireworks at the lower order.
4) Dawid Malan (Base Price: INR 1.5 Crore)
The World's no.1-ranked T20I batsman Dawid Malan is currently holding his top spot in the ICC T20 batsman rankings with 915 rating points and has all the potential of being the next big prospect at the IPL 2021 auctions. In 19 T20Is, Malan has scored 855 runs, averaging 53.43 at a brilliant strike-rate of 149.47, with nine half-centuries. The English top-order southpaw, meanwhile, is yet to make his IPL debut and has registered himself in the auction at a base price of INR 1.5 crores. Malan could also be handy against quality spin on Indian surfaces and the Englishman will be the top prospect at the bid for a couple of franchises.
5) Shakib Al Hasan (Base Price: INR 2 Crore)
Shakib Al Hasan's return after his one-year ban hasn't been a bed of roses, given that he has been afflicted by injuries after rediscovering his touch with both bat and ball. With his vast experience of playing in leagues and having been an integral part of SRH and KKR in the past, each team might be interested in roping Shakib as the BAN flamboyant all-rounder will resolve the middle-order woes and his abilities with the ball will further strengthen the team's bowling attack.
Notably, the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) is yet to officially announce the start date for the 14th edition of the rich-cash tournament (IPL 2021) to be held in India. The BCCI is planning to conduct the IPL in India but SeeLatest understands that a formal decision has not yet been taken. The dates of the rich-cash league have also not been announced but it is tentatively expected to start on April 10.