Auction Punjab Kings was yet another franchise that remained busy than most. Punjab Kings invested heftily to bolster their fast-bowling department by recruiting Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith, dishing out INR 14 and 8 crores respectively. But the best buy from their respective was of Dawid Malan, the number one T20I batsman, going at a base price of INR 1.50 crores.
With Malan on their side, they have some happy headaches with five specialist openers in their side including the English southpaw, captain KL RAHUL, Chris Gayle, Mandeep Singh, and Mayank Agarwal.
The Punjab-based franchise also invested in strengthening their all-rounder’s unit by roping in Shahrukh Khan and Moises Henriques – both of who are capable T20 players. On the other hand, all-rounder Jalaj Saxena’s purchase was also a smart one. Thus, their performance in IPL 2021 auction could be rated as 8.5 out of ten. And one could likely see them lifting the IPL title in 2020 and end its quest finally.
Chennai super king entered IPL 2021 auction with INR 19.90 crores and six slots to fill, of which the overseas requirement was only one. Moeen Ali, who they bought for INR seven crores, was already expected to be on their radar. But Chennai should opt for the English all-rounder to open the innings since there are plenty of players at the lower order to perform the finisher’s role. And with Shane Watson retired from T20 cricket and subsequently released, the yellow army needs a swashbuckling opener.
While the lesser-known purchases in the domestic circuit did not raise eyebrows, buying Cheteshwar Pujara and shelling out INR 9.25 crores on K Gowtham did. Pujara remains a liability in the shortest format due to his strike rate and the inability to plunder big shots at will. With Suresh Raina, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Robin Uthappa, and Naryanan Jagadeesan on the side, India’s premier Test batsman might not get an opportunity.
While K Gowtham is a promising player capable of striking some meaty blows with the bat and delivering four overs of spin, 9.25 crores indeed seemed overpriced. With R Sai Kishore, Karn Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja already in their domestic spin-bowling unit. the Super Kings could rotate them to slot Gowtham. Thus, Super Kings’ performance in the auction could be rated at 7 out of ten after the IPL 2021 auction.