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IPL Auction 2021

January 27, 2021, 11:56
IPL Auction 2021


IPL Auction Date and Time

It was only a few months back that Mumbai Indians (MI) celebrated their fifth title in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). And here we are, back on the road to the IPL. The cricketing world has a buzz around the 14th season of the cash-rich Indian T20 league.

20th January was the day when all teams needed to announce their lists of retained players and the ones that they released. Across the eight franchises, a total of 57 players were released and 139 players were retained, including 42 overseas players.

There is an auction that will take place next month. According to reports, the event has been scheduled for the 18th or 19th of February. The venue is uncertain but there is a possibility that the IPL Auction 2021 could well be held in Chennai. Each team has been allocated INR 85 crore.

IPL Auction List

Highlights from the Retention List

  • First and foremost, one of the big news that came out when teams announced their retention lists was the axing of Steve Smith. He was the Rajasthan Royals skipper last season and has been let go as Sanju Samson will be leading the side.
  • Lasith Malinga retired from franchise cricket and will not play for Mumbai Indians anymore.
  • Pat Cummins, who received INR 15.5 crore last season, has been retained.
  • Suresh Raina has also been retained by the Chennai Super Kings.
  • Sunrisers Hyderabad have retained the biggest number of players which is 22.
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore have retained the least number of players which is 12.
  • Kolkata Knights Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad have the lowest purse available for the auction – INR 10.75 crore.
  • Kings XI Punjab have the highest purse going into the auction – INR 53.20 crore.

IPL Auction 2021

List of Retained and Released Players (Team-wise)


Retained Players: MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, KM Asif, Deepak Chahar, Dwayne Bravo, Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, N Jagadeesan, Karn Sharma, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shardul Thakur, Sam Curran, Josh Hazlewood, R Sai Kishore.

Released Players: Kedar Jadhav, Murali Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Monu Singh, Shane Watson.


Retained Players: Shreyas Iyer, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel, Harshal Patel, Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Prithvi Shaw, R Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, Lalit Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Daniel Sams, Pravin Dubey, Chris Woakes.

Released Players: Alex Carey, Keemo Paul, Tushar Deshpande, Sandeep Lamichhane, Mohit Sharma, Jason Roy.


Retained Players: KL Rahul, Arshdeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Darshan Nalkande, Harpreet Brar, Mandeep Singh, Mayank Agarwal, Mohd. Shami, M Ashwin, Nicholas Pooran, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Ishan Porel, Ravi Bishnoi, Chris Jordan, Prabhsimran Singh.

Released Players: Glenn Maxwell, Sheldon Cottrell, Mujeeb Zadran, Hardus Viljoen, James Neesham, Krishnappa Gowtham, Karun Nair, Jagadeesha Suchith, Tejinder Singh Dhillon.


Retained Players: Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Rinku Singh, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Mavi, Shubman Gill, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins, Rahul Tripathi, Varun Chakravarthy, Tim Seifert.

Released Players: Chris Green, Harry Gurney, M Siddharth, Nikhil Naik, Siddhesh Lad, Tom Banton.


Retained Players: Rohit Sharma, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Anukul Roy, Dhawal Kulkarni, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Jasprit Bumrah, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Quinton de Kock, Rahul Chahar, Suryakumar Yadav, Trent Boult, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Mohsin Khan.

Released Players: Prince Balwant Rai, Digvijay Deshmukh, Lasith Malinga, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson, Sherfane Rutherford, Mitchell McCleneghan


Retained Players: Sanju Samson, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, Mahipal Lomror, Manan Vohra, Mayank Markande, Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Shreyas Gopal, Robin Uthappa, Jaydev Unadkat, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat, Kartik Tyagi, David Miller, Andrew Tye.

Released Players: Steve Smith, Akash Singh, Anirudha Joshi, Ankit Rajpoot, Oshane Thomas, Shashank Singh, Tom Curran, Varun Aaron.


Retained Players: Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Devdutt Padikkal, Md. Siraj, Navdeep Saini, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Joshua Phillipe, Pavan Deshpande, Shahbaz Ahmed, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson.

Released Players: Chris Morris, Shivam Dube, Aaron Finch, Umesh Yadav, Dale Steyn, Moeen Ali, Parthiv Patel, Pawan Negi, Isuru Udana, Gurkeerat Mann.


Retained Players: David Warner, Abhishek Sharma, Basil Thampi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jonny Bairstow, Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Mohammad Nabi, Rashid Khan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Vijay Shankar, Wriddhiman Saha, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Mitchell Marsh, Jason Holder, Abdul Samad.

Released Players: Billy Stanlake, Sandeep Bavanaka, Fabian Allen, Sanjay Yadav, Prithviraj Yarra.

Team  Number of Players Retained Number of Overseas Players Retained Total money spent (INR crore) Purse available (INR crore) Total Available Slots Overseas Slots Available
Chennai Super Kings 18 7 62.1 22.9 7 1
Delhi Capitals 19 6 72.0982 12.9018 6 2
Kings XI Punjab 16 3 31.8 53.2 9 5
Kolkata Knight Riders 17 6 74.25 10.75 8 2
Mumbai Indians 18 4 69.65 15.35 7 4
Rajasthan Royals 17 5 50.15 34.85 8 3
Royal Challengers Bangalore 12 4 49.1 35.9 13 4
Sunrisers Hyderabad 22 7 74.25 10.75 3 1
Total 139 42 483.39 196.6 61 22

IPL Auction Rules

Year after year, the same process is followed. Teams are given a deadline to submit their lists of retentions and the ones they have opted to release. Also, there are trade windows that allow the teams to draft one player to another squad in a full cash deal or in exchange for another player(s). All of the unsold players and the other players will be in the auction pool.

The players need to register themselves ahead of the IPL auction in order to be available for selection. The BCCI sent out a mail to all the state associations. COO and the interim CEO of the BCCI Hemang Amin has explained the entire process of the 2021 edition of the IPL and how a player can register himself to have the opportunity to play in the best T20 league in the world.

After all the players register themselves for the auction, the list goes around and all the franchises pick some names to make a list. The total players’ list is trimmed down to a certain size according to the selections of the franchises and these are the players that go under the hammer.

IPL Auction Live Update

The 2021 edition of the IPL auction is going to be held in the next few weeks. Also, note that this is not going to be a mega auction and the same eight teams will continue their journey. 18th or 19th of February has been zeroed in as the tentative date (according to reports). There are 61 spots up for grabs and there will be hundreds of cricketers vying to fill them. Out of those available spots, 22 are overseas slots.

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