A total of 292 cricketers are all set to go under the hammer at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, which will be held tomorrow, February 18 in Chennai. With the auction so close, experts and fans are taking their shot on who will be the costliest player in this year’s mini-auction. Adding to this, former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra has picked up his choice on who will be the most expensive player.
According to most pundits and experts, Glenn Maxwell, Chris Morris & Steve Smith are the top choices for the most expensive. But Ashish Nehra thinks Bangladesh superstar Shakib Al Hasan will emerge as the costliest player in IPL 2021 mini-auction.
“Again, one more IPL auction and plenty of big names, but one name, which according to me is right on top – can be the most expensive player of this IPL auction – is Bangladesh all-rounder, Shakib Al Hasan (former captain). He can give balance to any IPL team in any T20,” Nehra said on Star Sports’ show Cricket Connected – Auction Special.
While Aakash Chopra is putting his bets on Maxwell as the most expensive buy-in Chennai, IPL 2021 Auction.
“I feel that Glenn Maxwell, yes, Glenn Maxwell, once again, will be the most expensive buy in this mini-auction. It might be mini for a lot of people, but it will be max for Maxwell,” Chopra said.
IPL 2021 Auction: 61 slots to be filled
Rs 2 crore is the highest reserve price and two Indian players – Harbhajan Singh and Kedar Jadhav — and eight overseas players — Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Shakib Al Hasan, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy & Mark Wood have chosen to be slotted in the highest bracket in the IPL 2021 auction.
A total of 164 Indian players, 125 overseas players, and 3 players from Associate Nations will be up for grabs in the IPL 2021 Player Auction in Chennai.
Eight IPL franchises — Chennai Super Kings, Delhi Capitals, Kings XI Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders, Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad — will spend INR 196.6 Cr on filling 61 slots.