IPL 2021 player auction today: Here’s all you need to know

Hemani Sheth Mumbai | Updated on February 18, 2021

Delhi Capitals bids Steve Smith for  ₹2.2 crore, while RCB bids Glenn Maxwell at ₹14.25 crore



The auction began at 3 pm. The first player to be the part of IPL 2020 was Steve Smith with Delhi Capitals winning the bid at  ₹2.2 crore.

Smith was followed by Glenn Maxwell as the second successful bid with, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings battling it out till the end for the player. The bid reached ₹10 crore within minutes. Maxwell whose base price was  ₹2 crore was auctioned to RCB who won the bid at ₹14.25 crore.


The VIVO Indian Premier League 2021 player auction will be held today, on February 18.

292 cricketers are set to “go under the hammer” ahead of the VIVO IPL which is expected to be played in India from April 2021, 164 of whom are Indian players and 125 overseas. Three players are from Associate Nations.

1114 cricketers had initially registered for the auction, as per an official release.

The when, where and how

The Indian Premier League 2021 Auction will begin today at 3 pm IST in Chennai. The franchises have been briefed and the rules have been explained to them prior to the beginning of the auction.

Viewers can watch the IPL 2021 Auction on Star Sports Network. It can also be streamed live on Disney+Hotstar.

Also read: IPL 2021 Auctions preview: RCB, CSK could bid for Maxwell

Overall, 61 slots are available across eight franchises. Royal Challengers Bangalore has the highest number of vacancies, 11 with ₹35.4 crore to spend. Sunrisers Hyderabad has only three slots with a budget of ₹10.75 crore.

‘Punjab Kings’, formerly Kings XI Punjab coached by Anil Kumble has the highest salary cap available of ₹53.20 crore available to spend on nine spots.

The highest reserve price is ₹2 crore for two Indian players – Harbhajan Singh and Kedar Jadhav – and eight overseas players – Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Shakib Al Hasan, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy & Mark Wood who have chosen to be slotted in the highest bracket.

Also read: BCCI announces shortlist of players for IPL 2021 auction

12 players are on the auction list with a base price of ₹1.5 crore. Hanuma Vihari and Umesh Yadav are the two Indian players in the list of 11 cricketers with a base price of ₹1 crore.

Published on February 18, 2021

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