Biggest Steals in the IPL Auction 2021

  1. Dawid Malan – Punjab Kings bought Dawid Malan for his base price of INR 1.5 crore. The English batsman has risen to the top in T20Is and is currently the top-ranked T20I batsman. It was a shocker that no team except for the Punjab Kings placed a bid for him during the IPL auction. This is going to be his first IPL season but he has proved his worth, playing magnificent cricket and performing consistently for the National side. He has also proved that timing is the key to his game. Malan also has the experience of various t20 leagues where he has excelled.

 

  1. Shakib-Al-Hasan – Kolkata Knight Riders roped in Shakib al Hasan for INR 3.2 Crores, Kolkata have gifted themselves an dexterous all-rounder, and they now have a competent asset to look at, apart from the Caribbean all-rounder pair of Andre Russell ad Sunil Narine. Shakib was banned for 1 year from cricket, but now on his return it was expected that he could start up a bidding war between the franchises which did not happen. KKR had a mixed season last year, where they had some great games and had many poor games due to a weak core of the team and struggling to get backup players. KKR finished 5th on the points table last season, roping in Shakib-Al-Hasan can help them reach the qualifiers this season.

 

  1. Jimmy Neesham – Mumbai Indians bought the Kiwi all-rounder for a mere price of INR 50 lakhs. He was bought by MI on his base price as no other team was interested in buying the southpaw powerhouse after his run of poor matches in the IPL last season for the Punjab Kings. Not to forget Jimmy Neesham is a great match winner and his performances recently for New Zealand against Australia in the T20I series shows how capable he is with slogging the ball as well as picking up crucial wickets. A player of Neesham’s calibre going in just for his base price was a bit of a shocker.

 

  1. Mujeeb-ur-Rahman – Sunrisers Hyderabad had little to shop after they retained no less than 22 members of their squad that featured for them, last year. With only 10.75 Crores in the bank, they slotted in Mujeeb ur Rahman for INR 1.5 Crore to bolster their bowling cortex significantly. Given that they possessed only Rashid Khan and Shahbaz Nadeem as designated spinners, their recent acquisition is perfectly suitable for their needs. Alongside his Afghanistan counterparts Mohammad Nabi and Rashid, Rahman, known for his frugal economy, will almost certainly pose a threat to the opponents.

 

  1. Steve Smith – The last year’s IPL runners-up Delhi Capital boast a robust setup of Indian internationals in their batting lineup. Although, bar Ajinkya Rahane, all the remaining ones are dashers, and the addition of a controller like Steven Smith, who can also lead the side if such need arises, has added a hint of balance to their side. Even though Smith did not have a memorable last season, his level-headed approach and the experience will bode well for any team looking to beef up its middle-order.
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