The IPL 2021 auctions were a strange affair. Teams went all the way to buy few impact players. The fast bowlers were in great demand too. Unknown players were bought for an astronomical price. StumpsandBails bring to you the 5 most expensive bowlers in IPL. We breakdown and analyse their cost per ball ratio too.
5 most expensive bowlers in IPL 2021 Their cost per ball
#5 Riley Meredith (INR 2.38 lakhs/ball)
Riley Meredith had set the Big Bash League 2020-21 on fire with his raw pace. He was untested at the international level before the IPL auctions. But this didn’t stop the franchisees from bidding for him. He was bought by the Punjab Kings for a whopping INR 8 crores. This makes his cost per ball ratio a mind-boggling INR 2.38 lakhs. The Punjab Kings will be banking on Meredith to not just pick wickets but also intimidate the opposition.
#4 Krishnappa Gowtham (INR 2.75 lakhs/ball)
Krishnappa Gowtham became the most expensive uncapped player in the history of IPL when he was bought by the Chennai Super Kings for INR 9.25 crores. His lower-order batting and off-spin abilities helped him fetch such a massive figure. His cost/ball ratio is INR 2.75 lakhs. This IPL will be crucial to Gowtham. If he has a great IPL with CSK, then an India call-up might not be far away.
#3 Jhye Richardson (INR 4.16 lakhs/ball)
Jhye Richardson had a phenomenal BBL 2020-21. He was expected to attract huge bids in the IPL auction but nobody had expected him to grab a contract worth INR 14 crores. The Punjab Kings went all the way to acquire his services. Punjab Kings will expect Richardson to play a minimum of 14 games and that makes his cost/ball ratio INR 4.16 lakhs.
#2 Kyle Jamieson (INR 4.46 lakhs/ball)
Royal Challengers Bangalore bagged Kyle Jamieson for a whopping INR 15 crores. He was the second most expensive player of the auction. RCB will expect Jamieson to lead their bowling charge this season. His cost/ball ratio is a stunning INR 4.46 lakhs.
#1 Chris Morris (INR 4.83 lakhs/ball)
Rajasthan Royals fought a 4-way bidding battle to acquire Chris Morris for a mind-numbing INR 16.25 crores. Morris thereby became the most expensive player bought in the history of IPL. RR will certainly want Morris to play all the games. Hence his cost/ball ratio will be an earth-shattering INR 4.83 lakhs.