The IPL auction of 2021 is approaching. Recently, the BCCI announced that the mini-auction this time will be held in Chennai on February 18. As soon as the date was announced, all the fans started their speculations regarding the players which each of the sides can go for. All the teams had announced a list of players who were released by their respective franchises.
Several players’ names will go under the hammer, but there are going to be many players who had played in the 2020 edition but were released from their franchise ahead of the auction. In the past, we have seen many players being released from a franchise and getting picked again by the same franchise but at a lower price.
This is a technique that many franchises use just to reduce their expense which they have to make on a player. So, we at CricTracker decided to make a list with our predictions.
In the following list, here are five players who can be picked by their IPL franchise once again but at a lower price:
1. Chris Morris
The South African all-rounder is a solid T20 player with loads of experience. He can swing the ball when it’s new and then come back and bowl the death overs. On top of that, he is also a great striker of the ball. With all those skills, something which Morris lacks is consistency. But, that wasn’t taken into as a factor when Royal Challengers Bangalore pretty much went all-out for him.
RCB went into back-to-back bidding wars for the Proteas player, eventually buying him for INR 10 crore. The large sum of money was questioned by many experts who were familiar with Morris’ accomplishments. However, Morris was coming from a good season with Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League, which might have played a factor in him going for a big sum of money.
In the nine matches which he played during the 2020 season of the IPL, he managed to pick up 11 wickets with an average of 19. His economy was 6.63, something which he had surely worked on. Apart from this, he scored 34 runs at a strike rate of above 160. Now, his record does beg the all-important question, if he performed well, why was he released? Maybe, RCB were happy with his performance but the 10 crore amount seemed too much. The franchise can possibly fit in Morris and a few other players as well inside that much money.
2. Glenn Maxwell
The Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has been quite lucky as far as his presence in the IPL is concerned. The hard-hitting batsman has always been one of the most talked-about players during a season. But, he has failed to deliver the goods as a player and hasn’t had a great season with the bat except for the one time in the 2014 IPL.
But, Maxwell has always been one of the top picks in the auction. His record in T20Is and Big Bash League is not easy to ignore. He played for Kings XI Punjab between 2014 and 2017. In 2018, he was bought by Delhi Capitals for a huge sum of money, but he failed to deliver. He skipped the 2019 season but 2020 turned out to be a much worse season.
He was picked up by his former franchise Kings XI Punjab once again for 10.75 crore INR. Interestingly, the other team who kept betting on Maxwell was the Capitals. In the 2020 season, he scored 108 runs from 13 matches. However, he regained his batting form as soon as he was back in an Australian jersey. There is no doubt that Maxwell will be in high demand this season as well and Kings XI Punjab might just have a plan to buy him back at a cheaper price.
3. Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Mujeeb Ur Rahman is currently sitting in the No.2 position in the ICC ODI and T20I rankings. That is exactly how good a bowler this Afghan player is. It was surprising how Kings XI Punjab going through a rebuilding phase released him from their squad. A good overseas spinner who is 21 years old is something no franchise would want to let off considering the future of the team.
This is exactly which brings us to the question, why would the Kings XI Punjab release him? The fact that he played only seven matches in the 2019 and 2020 seasons combined. He kept warming the benches while other spinners took the field for the Kings XI Punjab. This is where we think that Punjab could be betting once again for Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
He had been bought by KXIP for INR 4.0 crore ahead of the 2018 IPL season. Even though the amount is not so big, it seems that the general opinion is that Mujeeb will fetch much lesser than that in this auction.
It is quite possible that Kings XI will once again try to buy Mujeeb and keep him ready for the 2021 season. Interestingly, Mujeeb has had a great season with Brisbane Heat in the Big Bash League 2020-21.
4. Nathan Coulter Nile
The Australian fast-bowler Nathan Coulter-Nile is known for having a terrific record in the T20s. He has been one of the most consistent players in the formats. Apart from just being a fast-bowler with cutting-edge bowling action, he has the ability to strike the ball really hard and out of the park. He was picked up by Mumbai Indians for a huge sum of INR 8 crore after they had an intense battle with Chennai Super Kings.
But, with the Western Australian bowler, there is an injury always around. Something like that happened at the start of the IPL 2020. But, the pacer managed to get fit in time and played seven matches for Mumbai Indians. He had taken five wickets in those matches. Even though the stats don’t support him, there will be bidders for him this season as well.
There are high chances that he would find himself in the Mumbai camp again but this time for a little less money. Coulter-Nile didn’t feature in the entire Big Bash League 2020-21, but when he did, he showed that he is in good form. All we can predict for now is that Mumbai might add him as a reserve choice.
5. Piyush Chawla
Piyush Chawla is one of the veterans of the Indian Premier League. The leg-spinner who has featured in every season of the IPL since its inception. He had spent six seasons with KKR before they released him. Chawla was bought by Chennai Super Kings for INR 6.75 crores in the IPL 2020 auction. At the time, the move by CSK seemed very surprising. But the franchise has always given value to the experience.
The leg-spinner didn’t have a great season with the ball. He played seven matches and took only six scalps with an economy of 9. CSK released him ahead of the 2021 IPL auction. However, we feel there are chances that they can actually buy him again. If that happens, CSK will have a leg-spinner as an option in the squad. There is Imran Tahir, but he is an overseas player.
But, it is also true that the 6.75 crores which they spent on Chawla could have been spent elsewhere. This is exactly why we feel that there are high chances that CSK will once again look at Chawla and get him on their team.
Source: The source of this content is our cricket news platform Crictracker.
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