IPL 2021
The 14th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to get underway with the opening clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The 14th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) is all set to get underway with the opening clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 9.

The last season of IPL saw one of the most tightly contested playoff races in the tournament’s history, with just 2 points separating the fourth-placed RCB and the bottom-placed RR. As a result, all eight franchises left no stone unturned in strengthening their squad in the IPL 2021 auction.

While Royals signed South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris at Rs 16.25 crore – the most expensive buy in the IPL history, the Bangalore-based franchise spend a massive amount of Rs 14.25 crore on Glenn Maxwell.

On that note, here’s take a look at some of the most expensive buys from IPL 2021 auction who might fall short of the expectations that their price tag brings.

Krishnappa Gowtham

Karnataka all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham was one of the star attractions in the player auction for the Indian Premier League 2021. While the names of Chris Morris, Kyle Jameison, and Glenn Maxwell dominated the headlines for the overseas players,  Gowtham became the most expensive uncapped Indian player in the history of the tournament.

The 32-year-old, who had a base price of just Rs 20 lakh, was purchased by the Chennai Super Kings for a whopping amount of Rs 9.25 crore.

Gowtham had represented Punjab Kings last year and played just 2 games, accumulating 42 runs with the highest score of 22.

With the ball,  Gowtham picked up only one wicket at an economy rate of 10.50.

In the CSK batting line-up that failed to fire in the IPL 2020, Gowtham will have the responsibility of providing a much-needed balance to the team.

Not only this, the Bengaluru-born player will also have the pressure of living up to the price tag will be immense which might reflect in his performances.

Jhye Richardson

The Australia fast bowler was Punjab Kings’ biggest purchase in the history of IPL auction. The KL Rahul-led side acquired the services of Jhye Richardson for a hefty price of Rs 14 crore.

The 24-year-old fetched such a big deal in the IPL 2021 auction due to his brilliant bowling exploits in the 2020-21 Big Bash League (BBL).

Playing for the Perth Scorchers, Richardson scalped 29 wickets in 17 games at an economy rate of 7.69 and emerged as the leading wicket-taker of the tournament. He also chipped in with a few handy innings down the order.

However, it has often seen that the bowlers who have done well in the BBL have struggled to replicate their form in the IPL.

The likes of Daniel Sams, Kane Richardson, Tom Curran were all expected to take the cash-rich league by storm, but have instead found it hard to even earn a regular spot in the playing XI of their respective franchises.

Glenn Maxwell

The Australian all-rounder had an awful outing in IPL 2020 where he scored just 108 runs in 13 games at a poor average of 15.42 and a strike rate of 101.88.

Despite his flop show for Punjab Kings last year, Royal Challengers Bangalore shelled out a huge amount of Rs 14.25 crore on Glenn Maxwell in the IPL 2021 auction in Chennai.

For the Virat Kohli-led side, a lot will be riding on Maxwell’s shoulders in the upcoming edition of IPL as the franchise is desperately looking to end its title drought this year. But his recent record in the cash-rich league doesn’t inspire much confidence, evident from the fact that Maxwell has not quite managed to live up to his ‘Big show’ tag  since 2014.

Kyle Jamieson

Royal Challengers Bangalore went into the IPL 2021 auction with a big purse as they released as many as 10 players before the event in Chennai. After acquiring the services of Glenn Maxwell, RCB broke the bank for the New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson.

The 6 feet 8 inches tall bowler attracted the bids from Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings in the mini auction. However, in the end, the Virat Kohli-led side roped him in for Rs 15 crore.

The Kiwi pacer, who is set to make his IPL debut in the upcoming season, failed to impress in the five-match T20I series against Australia at home.

In the series, Jamieson picked up only one wicket while conceding 175 runs at an alarming economy rate of 11.6. The 26-year-old was eventually dropped from the fifth and final match against Aaron Finch-led side, which certainly wouldn’t have pleased the RCB team management.

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