IPL Auction: Jhye Richardson was roped in by Punjab Kings for Rs 14.25 crore.© Instagram
Punjab Kings bought the Australia fast-bowler Jhye Richardson, with a base price of Rs 1.5 crore, for a whopping Rs 14 crore at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 player auction in Chennai on Thursday. Punjab Kings, who entered the players auction with the biggest purse — 53.20 crore, also roped in the number one ranked Twenty20 International batsman Dawid Malan for Rs 1.5 crore. Richardson has played 62 T20s and has picked up 78 wickets at an impressive economy rate of 7.87.
The 24-year-old pacer has played for Perth Scorchers but it will be his first outing in the IPL.
Richardson will rub shoulders with the likes of Mohammed Shami and Chris Jordan at Punjab Kings in the 14th edition of the IPL.
With the likes of KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle at the top of the order, the arrival of Jhye Richardson will strengthen the pace department of Punjab Kings and can help them in the death overs, an area where they leaked a lot of runs last season.
While Punjab Kings bought a spearhead and an opening batsman to their squad, the highlight of the IPL player auction was South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris, who bagged 16.25 crore and will play for Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming season.
Glenn Maxwell also fetched big money as Royal Challengers Bangalore roped him in for Rs 14.25 crore.