Wednesday, February 24, 2021

IPL auction 2021 live results: Glenn Maxwell, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith sold, bids, start time, date, player list, Australians up for sale in Indian Premier League

Jhye Richardson and Glenn Maxwell went big in the IPL auction, but Smith was snapped up for a bargain.

Australian cricket stars Jhye Richardson and Glenn Maxwell fetched whopping bids of around $2.5 million each as clubs splashed out in a record-breaking Indian Premier League auction — but Steve Smith is taking a massive pay cut.

Smith was the first player to be sold as Thursday’s auction got off to a slow start, snapped up for a relative bargain by Ricky Ponting’s Delhi Capitals for 220 lakh ($A389,000); just above his reserve price. Smith was released by the Rajasthan Royals, who paid $2.5 million for their skipper last season, after a lean return in 2020.

Things heated up quickly as Maxwell then fetched a whopping 1425 lakh ($A2.52 million) from Royal Challengers Bangalore — skippered by Virat Kohli — after a bidding frenzy also involving the Chennai Super Kings. The 32-year-old fetched easily the biggest IPL bid of his career to top the $A1.9m Punjab Kings XI paid for him last season, when he managed just 108 runs in 13 matches and also failed to hit a single six.

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But the biggest Aussie sensation came with Maxwell’s figure was almost matched as Punjab Kings forked out 1400 lahk ($A2.48m) for Richardson.

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