The highly-anticipated mini-IPL auction took place in Chennai. As many as 291 players went under the hammer in the IPL 2021 auction for the remaining 61 slots. As many as 164 Indian players, 124 overseas players and 3 players from associate nations were part of the lucrative IPL auction.
In the end, only 57 players managed to bag lucrative contracts. The players who went unsold in the auction may get another chance of being roped in by the franchises. It will be quite interesting to see which players will get the nod for the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League.
Among the eight franchises, Rajasthan Royals splashed the cash to buy South African all-rounder Chris Morris for INR 16.25 crore, which is the highest amount paid ever for any cricketer in an IPL auction. Australian fast bowler Jhye Richardson was roped in by Punjab Kings for INR 14 crore. Chennai Super Kings shelled out INR 9.25 crore to buy Krishnappa Gowtham.
In this article, we will look at the list of 5 unsold players who can be picked later in the tournament.
Martin Guptill has been one of the vital cogs of New Zealand cricket. The right-handed opener is known for his ability to clear the balls out of the stadium with relative ease. When everyone expected him to be the hottest prospect in the mini-IPL 2021 auction in Chennai, the dangerous opener went unsold, which took everyone by surprise.
However, there are chances that he would be picked later in the Indian Premier League. It would be a big mistake if franchises don’t pick him later. Guptill showcased his mettle with the bat in the T20I opener against Australia where he scored an impressive 97 off 50 balls. Guptill’s innings was laced with 6 boundaries and 8 towering sixes.
During the game, the opener cooked up a storm in Dunedin to leave Australia and the packed crowd at the edge of their seats. More importantly, Guptill is a team player and let’s hope that he gets an opportunity to slice his blade in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League.