I analyzed IPL 2021 Auction
Interesting insights from the IPL 2021 auction.
In the 2021 Indian Premier League Auction, 292 Players tested their fate, whether they can play for any of the 8 franchises. Only 57 were lucky enough to get buyers.
In this article, we will try to find answers to the following interesting questions:
- Which countries participated in the auction?
- Players of which playing role participated in the auction?
- What was the average age? Is there a pattern?
- How much worth did they believe in themselves in terms of the base price?
- What happened to those who were priced the highest?
- Is there anything interesting from capped/uncapped/associate category?
- What are the trends in players with previous IPL experience? Are all freshers?
In the advanced section, we will investigate whether
- Is there a relation between player role and their buy?
- Which team bought the most number of players?
- How much money did the franchises spend?
- Which County's players were lucky to get a buyer?
Bonus: Who is the luckiest?
If you've got any questions to which you want me to find answers, feel free to drop them in the comments.
Player Participating in Auction VS Country
Australia, New Zealand, and West Indies respectively are the top 3 foreign countries whose players participated in the Auction.
Player Participating in Auction VS Role
Mostly, it was Bowlers who participated in the Auction.
Player Participating in the Auction VS Age
A normal like curve, most players that registered for the IPL auction fall in the 25–35 year range.
- Age 27: 33 Players
- Age 26: 27 Players
- Age 29: 26 Players
- The highest age is 42 — Nayan Doshi (Indian Origin) from England. He is also the oldest to register for the IPL.
- The lowest age is 16 — Noor Ahmad Lakanwal from Afghanistan. Though, we must mention Khrievitso Kense from Nagaland, India who is just a few days away to become 17 years old.
- 72% of the Players are of Age in 20 to 30 Years range, whereas 92.5% of the Players are of Age in 20 To 35 Years range.
Wondering whether these two (oldest and the youngest) players got any buyers?
No! Not everyone is lucky to have Sachin as their father :(
Player Participating in Auction VS Base Price
- The lowest base price is 20 Lakh and most players (169) have kept the lowest base price for them.
- The least frequent base price is 30 Lakh, only 4 players are available at this price, namely Ankit Singh Rajpoot, Jalaj Saxena, Ben Dwarshuis, and Chris Green. Out of these only Jalaj Saxena got sold out to Panjab Kings at his base price.
- The maximum base price is 200 Lakh which is 10 times the lowest and 10 players have values themselves at this price. Out of these 10 players, 5 are from England, 2 each from both India and Australia, and 1 from Bangladesh.
Did these 10 highest-priced players get buyers? If yes, then who bought them, and did they buy them at their base price (less likely) or they paid a hefty price? Let’s find it in the next section!
Maximum Base Price VS Bought By
- Of these 10 players who priced themselves the highest, 2 each went to KKR and DC, while 1 each to CSK, SRH and RCB.
- This totals to 7, where did the other 3 go? Well, Jason Roy and Liam Plunkett over valued themselves and hence remain unsold, whereas Mark Wood pulled out from the auction in the last moment to spend time with his family.
- Glen Maxwell got the highest bid (14.25 Crore) out of these 10 that is 7 times his base price.
Players VS Capped/Uncapped/Associate
- Most of the players are uncapped i.e., they haven’t represented their country at the international level.
- But the interesting part is that small portion of Associate Players.
Who are Associate Players?
The Associate Countries are where cricket is firmly established and organized but do not qualify for Full Membership. For example USA, China.
- Unfortunately, none of these players got a buyer. It’s shocking, for Ali and Sandeep, at least.
Player Participating in Auction VS Played IPL Matches so far
- There are 27 players who have not played in IPL yet.
- There are 3 Players who have played > 100 matches in IPL: Umesh Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Harbhajan Singh. All of these are bowlers, though Umesh is the only fast bowler in these 3. Out of these, Piyush Chawla is the most experienced player with 165 matches so far.
- Harbhajan had an opt-out from the last season stating personal reasons, this year, CSK didn’t show any interest in him.
- All of these 3 experienced candidates got new buyers, Umesh went to DC, Piyush to PK, and Harbhajan to KKR.
Which Type of Player got bought the most?
- Allrounders (batting + bowling + pure allrounders) are 39%.
- Specialist Wicketkeepers: 5 (8.8%)
- Specialist Batsman: 10 (17.5%)
- Specialist Bowlers: 20 (35%)
Which Team bought the most number of Players?
- Punjab Kings bought 15 Players (26.3% of the total sold). They had a ₹53.20 crores (highest among teams) budget before going for the auction, which explains the buy numbers.
- The MI bought only one player — Nathan Coulter‐Nile @ 5 crores. We all know that MI like to maintain their player base. They released Nathan worth 8 crores and bought him again @ 5 crores.
Which Franchise Spent how much?
- Punjab Kings spent the most 40.92 crores whereas Sunrisers Hyderabad spent only 3.8 crores.
- Here, the point to note is that SRH along with Kolkata had the lowest budget after the retention of players that is 10.75 crore.
Country VS Player Sold
- There are a total of 8 countries whose players got sold: India, Australia, Bangladesh, England, South Africa, New Zealand, Afghanistan, West Indies.
- The only Lucky players from West Indies and Afghanistan are Fabian Allen (bought by PK @ 75 Lakh) and Mujeeb Ur Rahman (bought by SRH @ 150 Lakh) respectively.
- Country-wise players are as follows:
Bonus: Who is the costliest Player?
- He is none other than Chris Morris (Age 33). RR bought him for 16.25 crores, although his base price was just 75 lakh (Jason Roy should learn something from him).
- He can bowl 140+ and can be handy with the bat at lower down the order. But is he the best player and hence got paid the highest amount? Not at all, the maximum price that he got represents what the teams were looking for — a fast-bowling overseas allrounder!