The 2021 Indian T20 League auction witnessed several records being smashed and some unexpected turns in Chennai.
While South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris clinched a record-breaking Rs 16.25 crore deal, there were some big names that failed to attract any bidders.
Among the big players who remained unsold were Hanuma Vihari, Gurkeerat Singh, Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Shaun Marsh, and Sheldon Cottrell.
All these names have proved themselves either in international cricket or in the Indian T20 League. But unfortunately, all these players failed to make the cut. Here is the Unsold XI from this year's auction.
Best Unsold XI from 2021 Indian T20 League auction
Alex Hales, Jason Roy, Shaun Marsh, Hanuma Vihari, Gurkeerat Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Atit Sheth, Varun Aaron, Mohit Sharma, Sheldon Cottrell, Ankit Rajpoot
Meanwhile, Karnataka spin bowling all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham also hogged the limelight on Thursday as he was bought for a record Rs 9.25 crore by the Chennai franchise.
So Krishnappa Gowtham becomes the most expensive uncapped player ever #IPLAuction2021— Gautam Bhimani (@gbhimani) February 18, 2021
The likes of Glenn Maxwell, Kyle Jamieson, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith and Moeen Ali were amongst the biggest buys at the auction.
The highlight of the auction was when Chennai were applauded by other teams in the room for buying India's Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara for his base price of Rs 50 lakh, paving the way for his Indian T20 League return for the first time since 2014.
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