IPL auction 2021: Perth Scorchers speedster Jhye Richardson sells for $2.5M to Punjab Kings | Ralph Lauren

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Perth Scorchers coach Adam Voges predicted an Indian Premier League bidding war for his pace ace Jhye Richardson at tonight’s auction.

That’s exactly what happened with Punjab Kings forced to fork out nearly $2.5M for Richardson’s services after an epic battle with IPL rivals Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals.

The 24-year-old was rewarded for his brilliant Big Bash campaign, topping the Golden Arm standings with 29 scalps at an average of 16.3 and economy of 7.69 runs per over in his first tournament since shoulder surgery.

Fellow Australian Twenty20 squad member Glenn Maxwell also enjoyed a massive pay day while in quarantine in Christchurch, going for $2.51M to Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Steve Smith was first player sold but copped a pay cut of more than $2M, with the former Australian captain snapped up by Ricky Ponting’s Delhi Capitals for a bargain $390,000.

South African Chris Morris is currently the most expensive player at the auction, selling to Rajasthan for a jaw-dropping $2.88M.

Former WA and Perth Scorchers speedster Nathan Coulter-Nile is returning to Mumbai for $880,000.

More to come.

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