Left-arm fast bowler Arjun Tendulkar, son of the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, will be among the players available for the IPL 2021 players’ auction which takes place on February 18 in Chennai. Tendulkar’s base price has been set ₹20 lakh and the 21-year-old will be among the 814 Indian players up for grabs.
Tendulkar made his T20 debut during the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy, picking up 1/34 for Mumbai against Haryana. He played another games against Puducherry, claiming 1/33. A total of 1097 players will be up for the auction, which also includes Kerala fast bowler S Sreesanth, who returned to playing competitive cricket a month ago during the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament, setting his base price at ₹75 lakh. Some notable exceptions from the 283 overseas players are Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc and England Test captain Joe Root. Another Australian pacer James Pattinson, who featured for Mumbai Indians (MI) in the previous edition has also pulled out. Veteran cricketer Harbhajan Singh, who was released by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) ahead of the upcoming auction, has set his base price at INR 2 crore.
The commencement of the tournament was done in uncertainty and nobody had expected that the BCCI will manage to conduct the tournament. However, it was one of the most highly competitive editions of the IPL. The Indian Premier League is well known for the platform it provides to the youngsters.