Maintaining his name among the most expensive players in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction, Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has managed to get himself sold for a whopping amount of INR 14.2 Cr. The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bagged the player released by Punjab Kings in the IPL 2021 ‘mini-auction.
Maxwell’s bidding started at the base price of INR 2 crore, with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) showing the first interest in bagging in the player. The bid was soon joined in by the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR). RR and KKR soon took the bidding to INR 4 crores when RCB stepped in and joined the tussle.
KKR pulled out of the contest while CSK kept raising the bid to INR 6 crores. CSK and RCB took the bid as high as INR 14 crores, with RCB finally scooping away the player for INR 14.20 crores putting an end to the bidding war.
Maxwell represented Punjab Kings (formerly known as Kings XI Punjab) for seven seasons, registering 1383 runs at an impressive strike rate of 157.69. However, given his unsatisfactory performance in the last season of the tournament, Punjab Kings released him in the IPL 2021 mini-auction.
Punjab Kings retained 16 players ahead of the IPL 2021 auction and had Rs, 53.2 crores in their kitty.
List of players retained by Punjab Kings– 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