Chennai: The world’s richest T20 cricket league, before the IPL season 2021, was held in Auction in Chennai, in which there were players who narrowly escaped being unsold. It would not be wrong to say that the bets on the last chance opened the fortunes of these players and they will get a chance to be a part of IPL 2021.
Many big names were sold at very high prices while many did not even get a buyer. Not only this, some players returned to the IPL after years, while some domestic players were also caught by the franchisees. Let’s take a look at the 5 cricketers who remained unsold in the IPL 2021 auction:
1. Cheteshwar Pujara
The selection for Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara in the auction this season has been no less than a boon. Pujara has returned to the IPL after 7 years. The last time Pujara played for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL was in 2014. Every year thereafter, he was unsold in the auction. This time for the IPL 2021 season Cheteshwar Pujara (Cheteshwar Pujara) was bought by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at their base price. Pujara’s base price was Rs 50 lakh.
2. Kedar Jadhav
Kedar Jadhav has been battling bad form for a long time. Kedar Jadhav also dropped out of Team India due to continuous flop. Based on the form, Kedar Jadhav’s base prize (2 crores) was slightly higher, but Sunrisers Hyderabad bought Kedar Jadhav for his base prize of 2 crores. Kedar Jadhav thus narrowly escaped being unsold in season 2021.
3. Harbhajan Singh
40-year-old Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh was added by Kolkata Knight Riders on the last occasion in IPL Auction 2021. Kolkata Knight Riders at the last turn of IPL Auction 2021 added their base prize to their team for a price of 2 crores. Harbhajan Singh has played in the IPL for Mumbai Indians for 9 years (2008-2017). Harbhajan Singh then played the IPL for Chennai Super Kings from 2018-2019.
4. Karun Nair
Indian batsman Karun Nair was also in danger of being unsold in this auction. Karun Nair was bought by Kolkata Knight Riders for his base price of 50 lakhs. Karun Nair was part of Kings XI Punjab in the last three seasons, but his performance was nothing special. Punjab released him this year, after which Kolkata Knight Riders bought him for 50 lakhs.
5. Piyush Chawla
32-year-old Indian leg-spinner Piyush Chawla was bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 2.40 crore for this IPL season. Piyush Chawla’s base price was 50 lakh rupees. Chawla played for Chennai Super Kings last season. Chennai, however, released Chawla after his ordinary performance.