Chris Morris, Kyle Jamieson and Glenn Maxwell light-up record-breaking IPL auction

Four of the biggest additions in history were secured during a downsized auction in Chennai as the eight teams completed their squads


IPL 2021 auction - As it happened

Morris breaks auction record

Moeen secures CSK deal

Chris Morris, Kyle Jamieson and Glenn Maxwell were the big-money signings as records tumbled at the 2021 Indian Premier League auction.

South African allrounder Morris became the most expensive addition in the history of the process, re-joining Rajasthan Royals for 16.25 crore (£1.6 million) having previously represented them in 2015.

"I am so humbled to be joining Rajasthan again, I had one of the best times in my cricket career here," he added. "I am unbelievably happy and excited as we have a very good squad and I made lots of friends here all those years ago. I can’t wait to get going."

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In one of the surprise moves of the auction, Kyle Jamieson becames the fourth biggest signing after Royal Challengers Bangalore splashed out 15 crore (£1.48m) for the New Zealander.

Australia's Glenn Maxwell, previously a big-money addition for Punjab Kings who released him after last year's competition, is in for another major payday after also being picked up by RCB for 14.25crore (£1.4m)

"Looking forward to joining RCB for this years IPL, 2 he wrote on Twitter after the move was confirmed. "Can’t wait to put everything I have into helping us lift the trophy!"

He was joined by fellow-Aussie Jhye Richardson after the Big Bash League's leading wicket-taker in 2020-21 was acquired for 14crore (1.38m) newly-named Kings.

Moeen Ali is back for a fourth campaign in the IPL, having been let go by RCB, and joins MS Dhoni at Chennai Super Kings for 7crore (£690,000).

"Absolutely buzzing to be playing for CSK this year," he said. "A massive fanbase and can't wait to meet them. To play under MS will be amazing and is something most cricketers want to do. It has made my day, made my year."

The ICC's No.1 batsman Dawid Malan (1.5crore/£148,000) earned a move to Kings for what will be his first IPL campaign.


It was a significant day for Krishnappa Gowtham

Fellow England players Tom Curran (5.2crore/£518,000) and Sam Billings (2crore/£197,000) were signed up by Delhi Capitals, while Liam Livingstone (75lakh/£74,000) is in through the door at Royals.

CSK prevailed in a three-team bidding war for Krishnappa Gowtham, who became the most expensive uncapped player in the auction's history at 9.25crore (£913,000).

Highly-rated Aussie quick Riley Meredith was also picked up from the uncapped category and joins Kings for 8crore (£789,000).

Other stand-out moves saw Steve Smith joins last season's runners-up Capitals (2.2crore/£217,000), Shakib Al Hasan move to Kolkata Knight Riders (3.2crore/£315,000) and eight-time T20 champion Dan Christian win a switch to RCB (4.8crore/£789,000).


IPL 2021 auction round-up

Chennai Super Kings: Moeen Ali, K Gowtham, Cheteshwar Pujara, M.Harisankar Reddy, K.Bhagath Varma, C Hari Nishaanth

Delhi Capitals: Steve Smith, Umesh Yadav, Ripal Patel, Vishnu Vinod, Lukman Hussain Meriwala, M Siddharth, Tom Curran, Sam Billings

Punjab Kings: Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Sumit Kumar

Kolkata Knight Riders: Shakib al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer

Mumbai Indians: Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neeshan, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar

Rajasthan Royals: Shivam Dube, Chris Morris, Mustafizur Rahim, Chetan Sakariya, K.C. Cariappa, Liam Livingstone, Kuldip Yadav, Akash Singh

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Glenn Maxwell, Sachin Baby, Rajat Patidar, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian, Suyesh Prabhudessai, K.S. Bharat 

Sunrisers Hyderabad: Jagadeesha Suchith, Kedar Yadav, Mujeeb ur Rahman

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