After going unsold in the first round of the IPL 2021 auctions, KKR roped in Harbhajan Singh for his base price of 2 crores. They also made a smart move to rope in Australian all-rounder Ben Cutting for his base price. Another impressive buy for the franchise was Karnataka batsman Karun Nair.
Harbhajan Singh going unsold in the first round was one of the biggest surprises of the IPL 2021 auction The veteran Indian spinner was earlier released by CSK and was released from the contract after he missed the previous season. Harbhajan had joined Chennai Super Kings prior to the 2018 season of IPL for Rs 2 crore. Harbhajan Singh had played an instrumental role in helping CSK reach the final of IPL 2019 with 16 wickets in 11 matches at an economy rate of 7.09.
Incidentally, reports had earlier surfaced the CSK has terminated his contract after he chose to skip the last edition of the tournament citing personal reasons. As per reports, the Super Kings are also ready to let go of senior leg-spinner Piyush Chawla and batsman Murali Vijay ahead of the new season to bolster their remaining purse for the player auction. They will have some serious business to do during the auctions to revive their squad and produce a good result in the upcoming season.
Meanwhile, Ben Cutting after going unsold in the first round was roped in by KKR for his base price of 75 lakhs. Cutting is one of the veterans of the T20 format and KKR was smart enough to rope in his services at his base price. Cutting is an utility T20 cricketer and a possible backup for Andre Russell who in the last couple of seasons has been injury prone.
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