IPL auction: All-rounder Arjun Tendulkar commands base price of ₹20 lakh

Franchises will have a total of 292 players to choose from this auction, which is scheduled to be held in Chennai on February 18

Arjun Tendulkar, Ranji Trophy hundred on debut Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2022-23
In the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy, Arjun was Goa's second highest wicket-taker in the tournament | File Image

Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun, 21, has been shortlisted in the all-rounders’ category for the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction 2021, commanding a base price of ₹20 lakh.

Arjun, a left-handed fast bowler, debuted in T20 recently in the 2020-21 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy for Mumbai. He played two matches and took two wickets.

The junior Tendulkar, however, failed to make it to the Mumbai squad for the Vijay Hazare Trophy, which begins on February 20.

Franchises will have a total of 292 players to choose from this auction, which is scheduled to be held in Chennai on February 18.

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The 292 players were chosen from 1,114, who had registered themselves for the auction. They includes 164 Indians and 125 foreigners.

“₹2 crore is the highest reserve price and two Indian players – Harbhajan Singh and Kedar Jadhav – and eight overseas players – Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith, Shakib Al Hasan, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Liam Plunkett, Jason Roy and Mark Wood – have chosen to be slotted in the highest bracket,” the BCCI’s statement said.

Chennai Super Kings released Harbhajan and Jadhav this time.

A total of 12 players have a base price of ₹1.5 crore, but none of them is Indian. Of the 11 players in the ₹1 crore category, there are only two Indians — Hanuma Vihari and Umesh Yadav.

Kings XI Punjab have the biggest purse of ₹53.20 crore, as it has released big names like Glenn Maxwell and Sheldon Cottrell. Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad have the least money in their kitty, with a salary cap of ₹10.75 crore each.

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