IPL 2021 POINTS TABLE

TEAM PLD W L T
Mumbai IndiansMI 14 7 7 0
Chennai Super KingsCSK 14 9 5 0
Royal Challengers BangaloreRCB 14 9 5 0
Delhi CapitalsDC 14 10 4 0
Punjab KingsPK 14 6 8 0

TOP RUN SCORERS

Player Innings Runs
Virat Kohli 191 6076
Shikhar Dhawan 183 5577
Suresh Raina 195 5491
Rohit Sharma 202 5480
David Warner 148 5447

5 Foreign Players Who Have Performed Well For Their Country But Should Not Have Been Auctioned For IPL 2021

IPL auctions of the 2021 season saw some foreign players taking away big money during the bidding process. But these players failed to impress on the field and turned out to be an expensive proposition for their respective franchises.  

The IPL 2021 auction turned out to be an exciting opportunity for some prominent overseas cricketers to earn megabucks and make it a memorable event for their fans and franchises. Around 300 players went under the hammer, out of which only 58 players earned bids to participate in the IPL 2021 season.

Listed below are 5 overseas players who were auctioned for an exorbitant sum of money to play in IPL 2021. But their below-par performance could not justify their selection:

Adam Milne 

New Zealander Adam Milne was picked by Mumbai Indians for 3.2 Crores after the franchise decided to release James Pattison from the squad. Adam who last played for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 2017 IPL edition has had recurring injuries that have kept him out of the national side. Investing such a big amount in Milne was not entirely justified during the current IPL season. Mumbai Indians already have quite a few pace bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, and Nathan Coulter Nile. Milne, who has not been consistent for quite some time might not fit in the side.

Steve Smith 

Steve Smith was dropped by Rajasthan Royals for his average performance with the bat during the last season of IPL. But, he was picked by Delhi Capitals who bid 2 Crores for him. His inclusion in the squad was debated by the cricket experts as Delhi Capitals already has many top-order players like Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, and Shreyas Iyer.

Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali was picked by Chennai Super Kings for a whopping seven crores for the current IPL season.   

The Birmingham-born all-rounder was expected to add value to the CSK franchise and flexibility to the batting line-up that struggled for consistency and power-hitting in IPL 2020. But the CSK squad already has players like Ravindra Jadeja, Mitchell Santner, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, and R Sai Kishore to perform the all-rounders’ role.

Fabien Allen 

West Indian all-rounder Fabian Allen is yet to prove that he could be a highly effective player in the T20 format as he hasn’t entirely mastered his batting or bowling skills. Nevertheless, the Jamaican was picked by the Punjab Kings franchise during the IPL auctions this year. He was also paid a handsome amount of money to add value to the team.

James Neesham 

New Zealander James Neesham has not proved to be an impactful player in limited-overs cricket. Punjab Kings bid for the 30-year old for 50 lakhs in the last season but hardly got any returns. The Kiwi all-rounder featured in five matches and managed only 19 runs while taking two wickets for 74. He is lucky to be picked up by Mumbai Indians for the same amount this year, but his inclusion doesn’t seem to make much sense since the defending champions have other international players like Kieron Pollard who has been giving a consistent performance to the franchise in every season of the IPL.

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