IPL Auction 2021 – Plan of Action

The IPL 2021 auction is all set to take place on 18th of February 2021, with every franchise making their intent clear to be the best and take home the IPL trophy home, this year’s retention and release day saw several eye-openers and some big names being released by several franchises.


Most of the teams this year have retained their core team and would be looking to further strengthen their squad for the 57-day long tournament. To get the befitting players, they need to have a proper auction strategy beforehand. Team owners have to be cautious as well as intuitive while making bids which is why the games between the franchises begin much before the first ball is even bowled. Listed below are some of the strategies all the teams could incorporate in order to get things smooth and running for them.

  • Chennai Super Kings
  • Retained Players: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran, Josh Hazlewood, R Sai Kishore
  • Released Players: Kedar Jadhav, Murali Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Monu Singh, Shane Watson

After releasing six players and trading Robin Uthappa from Rajasthan Royals in an ‘all-cash deal’, CSK are left with a purse worth Rs 19.9 Crores. With most of the core team being 30+ and the poor run in the last years IPL, CSK should look to get an impactful top order batsman in the form of the world’s best T20I batsman Dawid Malan. If not Malan, they should try and get former RR’s captain Steve Smith in.

  • Delhi Capitals
  • Retained Players: Shreyas Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Prithvi Shaw, R Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Daniel Sams, Pravin Dubey, Chris Woakes
  • Released Players: Alex Carey, Keemo Paul, Tushar Deshpande, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mohit Sharma, Jason Roy

With only 12.9 Crores left in their purse, Delhi Capitals won’t be going after big names in this year’s IPL auctions. They have a balanced as well as a robust squad, they could just look to add in some backups for some players, like they could target a powerhouse all-rounder in the form of Glenn Maxwell, Chris Morris, Moises Henriques or Shivam Dube.

  • Kings XI Punjab
  • Retained Players: KL Rahul, Arshdeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Darshan Nalkande, Harpreet Brar, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Mohd. Shami, M Ashwin, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Chris Jordan, Prabhsimran Singh
  • Released Players: Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, Mujeeb Zadran, Hardus Viljoen, James Neesham, Krishnappa Gowtham, Karun Nair, Jagadeesha Suchith, Tejinder Singh Dhillon

KXIP would be going into the auctions with the largest purse of Rs 53.2 crore, the owners would be looking to get in a top flight pacer and a hard hitting and consistent all-rounder. Mark Wood and Jhye Richardson could be the players KXIP need. Richardson has proved himself as a great prospect for the Australian side and also has performed exceptionally well for the Perth Scorchers in the BBL, taking 29 wickets in 17 matches and being the highest wicket taker in the tournament this year. Moises Henriques and Chris Morris could be the all-rounder fit for the franchise.



  • Kolkata Knight Riders
  • Retained Players: Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Tim Seifert
  • Released Players: Chris Green, Harry Gurney, M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik, Siddhesh Lad, Tom Banton

Eoin Morgan-led KKR will enter the IPL 2021 auction with Rs 10.75 crore in their purse. Kolkata Knight Riders have eight slots available, including two overseas slots. KKR badly failed with their opening combinations last year and they would love to target an opener whom they can pair with Shubman Gill. So, Jason Roy, Steve Smith and Dawid Malan will be on their radar. Also, to hold up their all-rounder department and have a backup for inconsistent Andre Russell, KKR might want to add Moises Henriques or Chris Morris to the side.

  • Mumbai Indians
  • Retained Players: Rohit Sharma, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Mohsin Khan
  • Released Players: Prince Balwant Rai, Digvijay Deshmukh, Lasith Malinga, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson, Sherfane Rutherford, Mitchell McCleneghan

MI has the most balanced squad among all the other franchises. They have seven spots left to fill and would look to add more depth in the overseas department by targeting a quickie in the form of Riley Meredith as a back up for Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah and also might look to add more spinners to the squad with Rahul Chahar only being the wrist spinner in the team, MI would look to target the Nepal International Sandeep Lamichhane or even the Aussie leggie Tanveer Sangha who was the 5th highest wicket taker in this year’s Big Bash league.

  • Rajasthan Royals
  • Retained Players: Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Mayank Markande, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Jaydev Unadkat, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, David Miller, Andrew Tye
  • Released Players: Steve Smith, Akash Singh, Anirudha Joshi, Ankit Rajpoot, Oshane Thomas, Shashank Singh, Tom Curran, Varun Aaron

RR had their worst run in 13 years in the last year’s IPL, finishing last on the table they would be looking to fix their issues in this year’s auction. Releasing Steve Smith was a shocker for many and many of them consider him not suitable for the shorter format of the game. RR need a solid opener and can target Aaron Finch or even the Kerala prodigy Mohammad Azharuddeen. Also, they need a couple of all-rounders and some quality pacers and could try and go for Billy Stanlake, Jhye Richardson or Chris Morris.


  • Royal Challengers Bangalore
  • Retained Players: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Md. Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Joshua Phillipe, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson
  • Released Players: Chris Morris, Shivam Dube, Aaron Finch, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Moeen Ali, Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Gurkeerat Mann



Releasing big names in the form of the Australian Captain Aaron Finch, Chris Morris, Moeen Ali and the Proteas quickie Dale Steyn, RCB have shown their intent and have made it clear that they are going to stick with the players that are going to perform consistently for the franchise. RCB would be eyeing for a seamer, an all-rounder and a middle-order batsman in their squad. Also, given their need for a lethal pacer they can go for Australian speedster Jhye Richardson while in the batting department, RCB can target Dawid Malan and Kerala opener Mohammad Azharuddeen, who shot to fame scoring a 54 ball 137 not out against a strong Mumbai side at the beginning of the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy in 2021.

  • Sunrisers Hyderabad
  • Retained Players: David Warner, Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Mitchell Marsh, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad
  • Released Players: Billy Stanlake, Sandeep Bavanaka, Fabian Allen, Sanjay Yadav, Prithviraj Yarra

SRH played very well last year. Their opening pair looked solid and also had many positives in the form of their young guns Abhishek Sharma, Priyam Garg and Abdul Samad. They found out T Natarajan in the absence of Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Not to forget Sandeep Sharma and Rashid Khan with their fortes in their respective skills being swing bowling and leg spin. With releasing only 5 players and sticking to the core squad, SRH would mostly get into a bidding war for Shakib Al Hasan who they released in 2019 after being slapped with a one year ban. They should also target Jhye Richardson who is in red hot form and would be a great addition to any franchise.