From 3 PM on 18th February 2021, the much-awaited IPL auction will commence in Chennai ahead of the 14th edition of the T20 extravaganza. The number of slots that are left with all 8 franchises combined is 61, and a total of 292 players will go under the hammer this time.
A whopping 1114 players had registered for the auction, but the list has been trimmed down to under 300.
11 players have a base price of 2 Crores and only two of them are Indians, Harbhajan Singh and Kedar Jadhav. On the other hand, Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Moeen Ali, Shakib Al Hasan, Jason Roy, Mark Wood, Colin Ingram, Sam Billings and Liam Plunkett are the 9 foreigners with a base price of 2 Crores.
Here are all the eight teams, their pre-auction squad – purse remaining ahead of the auction:
What CSK are missing?
The only area which CSK might look to focus in the Auction is buying a solid opener to complement Faf du Plessis. While the team does have an oldie Robin Uthappa and young Ruturaj Gaikwad to support Faf, an addition of a solid overseas opener will be a big boost for the team.
What KKR are missing?
Talking about improvement areas, KKR need at least 2 all-rounders. They have only 2 all-rounders in the squad currently including the fading all-rounder Sunil Narine. They need to invest heavily in this area. Similarly, the squad lacks a solid attacking opener in case Rahul Tripathi doesn’t perform up to the expectations.

What Punjab kings are missing?
Barring openers, KXIP need to invest in all areas, however, the two main categories where the team lacks experience are All- rounders and Pacers. The team doesn’t have even one solid all-rounder, and they need at least 3 of them. Similarly, while Shami heads the pace department, the lack of experience in this category can haunt the team if they don’t perform well. Hence, KXIP need a couple of good Pacers in the squad.
What are RR missing?
RR need to boost their Pace department and All-rounders. Apart from Jofra Archer in the pace department, the other names like Kartik Tyagi, Jaydev Unadkat, and Andrew Tye doesn’t inspire much confidence if we compare the competition.
In All-rounders, they have only Ben Stokes and Rahul Tewatia. Hence, they need a couple of more good all-rounders to strengthen their team.
What RCB are missing?
RCB need to invest in all categories; especially Middle-order and openers. They have a couple of good players in all categories, but need more good ones along with the backups to make them a formidable squad. With more than 30 crores available in the Auction kitty, they can certainly make a strong squad for IPL 2021.
What SRH are missing?
While SRH are covered in all the categories, they would be hoping to boost their ower middle-order by buying 1-2 good players in this category. Their current options include Priyam Garg, Virat Singh, Vijay Shankar, Abhishek Sharma, etc.- all of which are decent options to have.
What MI are missing?
The off-loading of 4 foreign pacers means Mumbai Indians need to heavily invest in this category. The only issue is that they have only around INR 15.3 crores available with them, which is a small amount if they plan to purchase a quality pacer like Mitchell Starc. The team also needs a good quality spinner as Krunal Pandya isn’t a reliable spinner, and Rahul Chahar is still inexperienced.
All the franchises will be looking to iron out the chinks in their armor when they assemble in Chennai for the auction. So, sit tight, brace yourself, and set your alarms for 3 PM on 18th February 2021, as it promises to be one hell of a ride! img



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