Punjab Kings CEO reveals the reason behind roping in Richardson for Rs 14 crore
Australian fast bowler Jhye Richardson made the headlines as he attracted a massive bid in the IPL 2021 auction. He was the fourth-most-expensive signing in this year’s auction. It is no doubt that Australian cricketers are more in demand in the IPL.
Richardson was purchased by Punjab Kings for a staggering INR 14 crore at the auction. He was expected to attract a big bid in the wake of stellar bowling performance in the recently-concluded Big Bash League.
The right-arm fast bowler bagged one of the top deals after ending the previous season of the BBL as the leading wicket-taker. He took as many as 29 wickets at an impressive bowling average of 16.31.
The Australian international played a significant role in Perth Scorchers’ route to the final but they lost to Sydney Sixers in the BBL 10 final. The 24-year-old fast bowler came at a base price of INR 1.5 crore at the auction.
It was Royal Challengers Bangalore who made the opening bid for the fast bowler before Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings entered the race and created a bidding war.
Punjab Kings initially pulled off the plug before joining the race at INR 7.50 crore. In the end, they outsmarted RCB to sign the fast bowler.
Why Punjab Kings signed Richardson for INR 14 crore?
Talking about Jhye Richardson, Punjab Kings Chief Executive Officer Menon added that pacer was ‘always on our list’.
“Jhye was always on our list. He is one of the finest components with the ball in white-ball cricket. We stretched ourselves for Chris Morris but Rajasthan Royals got hold of him.
Jhye’s ability to bowl at any stage of the match gives us the flexibility we were looking for. And obviously, he is a very handy player with the bat as well. We are really excited to witness Jhye in Punjab Kings jersey in IPL,” Menon told WION.
List of players retained:
KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Mandeep Singh, Sarfaraz Khan, Deepak Hooda, Prabhsimran Singh, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Darshan Nalkande, Ravi Bishnoi, Murugan Ashwin, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Ishan Porel.
List of players released:
Glenn Maxwell, Karun Nair, Hardus Viljoen, Jagadeesha Suchith, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Sheldon Cottrell, Jimmy Neesham, Krishnappa Gowtham, Tajinder Singh.
Full squad of Punjab Kings for IPL 2021:
KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Mandeep Singh, Nicholas Pooran, Ishan Porel, Sarfaraz Khan, Murugan Ashwin, Deepak Hooda, Mohammed Shami, Chris Jordan, Ravi Bishnoi, Harpreet Brar, Prabhsimran Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Arshdeep Singh, Dawid Malan, Jhye Richardson, Shahrukh Khan, Riley Meredith, Moises Henriques, Jalaj Saxena, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar.