On Wednesday, all 8 franchises retain and release players ahead of the mini-auction. The released cricketers will find themselves in the IPL 2021 auction players list. Franchises like RCB and KXIP have released half of the squad and the upcoming auction going to be very crucial for them. While franchises like KKR and CSK who have retained most of the players will look to buy certain players to strengthen their squads. Meanwhile, the cricketer turned commentator Aakash Chopra predicts the player who will get the highest bid in 2021.
Aakash Chopra Predicts Most Expensive Player
The former opener says Mitchell Starc will take home a sack full of money in this IPL auction. The Australian pacer opted out of the last season of the cash-rich league to prepare for the T20 World Cup. However, the international tournament later got postponed. Currently, the most expensive buy in IPL auction history is Pat Cummins who got a 15.5 crore bid last year.
Mitchell Starc expected to be named in the list of players available for the IPL 2021 auction. The left-arm speedster is one of the most wanted players. However, the tall bowler has always preferred to play international cricket rather than league cricket. He has played 2 seasons of the Indian league for RCB and his performance has been great. In 27 matches, Starc has claimed 34 wickets. It will be interesting to see if he makes himself available for the bid.
Further, Aakash Chopra writes in his tweet that Afghanistan bowler Mujeeb Ur Rahman will be sold around 7-8 crore rupees. Mujeeb was part of Kings XI Punjab from 2018. The expert further predicts that Cameron Green and kiwi pacer Kyle Jamieson will receive a hefty amount of money. Chopra believes both will get a million-dollar check.
Mujeeb to go for 7-8 crore.
Green for 5-6 Crore
Starc to become the most expensive IPL buy ever.
Jamieson to receive solid interest. 5-7 crore
Jason Roy 4-6 crore
Maxwell and NCN will still get decent contracts.
Subject to their availability of course. #EarlyCall #IPL2021
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) January 20, 2021
“Jason Roy 4-6 crore Maxwell and Nathen Coulter Nile will still get decent contracts. Subject to their availability of course,” Chopra further writes. Kings XI Punjab releases Maxwell as the all-rounder couldn’t even play a decent knock in this whole season last year. However, Maxwell has now regained the form and likely to give his name to the list of players for the IPL 2021 auction.
IPL 2021 Auction Players List (Released Players)
Chennai Super Kings: Kedar Jadhav, Murali Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Monu Singh, Shane Watson
Delhi Capitals: Alex Carey, Keemo Paul, Tushar Deshpande, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mohit Sharma, Jason Roy
Kings XI Punjab: Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, Mujeeb Zadran, Hardus Viljoen, James Neesham, Krishnappa Gowtham, Karun Nair, Jagadeesha Suchith, Tejinder Singh Dhillon
Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Green, Harry Gurney, M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik, Siddhesh Lad, Tom Banton
Mumbai Indians: Prince Balwant Rai, Digvijay Deshmukh, Lasith Malinga, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson, Sherfane Rutherford, Mitchell McCleneghan
Rajasthan Royals: Steve Smith, Akash Singh, Anirudha Joshi, Ankit Rajpoot, Oshane Thomas, Shashank Singh, Tom Curran, Varun Aaron
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Chris Morris, Shivam Dube, Aaron Finch, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Moeen Ali, Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Gurkeerat Mann
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Billy Stanlake, Sandeep Bavanaka, Fabian Allen, Sanjay Yadav, Prithviraj Yarra