5 released players who earned more at IPL Auction 2021 than their 2020 salary

Krishnappa Gowtham and Tom Curran IPL
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IPL Auction 2021 is done and dusted. The eight squads are ready to face off against each other in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League. The Mumbai Indians are the two-time defending champions of the competition. But the other teams will be keen to end their reign in the IPL.

Before the new season of IPL, there have been some big changes in all squads. Some released players ended up with no contracts after the IPL Auction 2021. On the other side, there were a few players who earned more money at IPL Auction 2021 after being released from their 2020 contracts.

Here’s a look at those five players who will make more money in 2021 despite the fact that their franchises released them before this season.


5. Chris Morris

South African all-rounder Chris Morris was the biggest winner of IPL Auction 2021. The Royal Challengers Bangalore had signed him for 10 crore in the previous auction. This year, RCB bid for Morris till 9.75 crore.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore would have planned to buy Morris back at a lower price. However, the Rajasthan Royals and the Punjab Kings had other ideas. RR signed him for 16.25 crore in the end, making Morris the most expensive signing in IPL Auction history.


4. Glenn Maxwell

Glenn Maxwell RCB

Glenn Maxwell earned yet another jackpot at IPL Auction 2021. The all-rounder from Australia could not hit a single six in the previous IPL season. The Punjab Kings had signed him for 10.75 crore last year.

This year, Punjab did not go after Maxwell. The Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Chennai Super Kings fought a bidding war for him. Ultimately, RCB secured his services for 14.25 crore.


3. Krishnappa Gowtham

Krishnappa Gowtham shattered the record for the most expensive uncapped signing in IPL history. Gowtham earned a whopping 9.25 crore contract from the Chennai Super Kings at this year’s auction.

Before this auction, Gowtham had been a part of the Mumbai Indians, the Rajasthan Royals, and the Punjab Kings. His previous team Punjab paid him 6.2 crore for his services in IPL 2020.


2. Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali was a part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore since 2018. Very few fans might know the Chennai Super Kings bid for him in the 2018 auction, but they allowed RCB to sign Ali for 1.7 crore.

In the recently-concluded auction, CSK went all out for Moeen Ali’s services. The Englishman ended up with a deal worth 7 crore from the Chennai-based IPL franchise. Thus, Moeen, who earned 5.1 crore for playing three seasons for RCB, will make 7 crore in one season only this year.


1. Tom Curran

Tom Curran is the brother of Chennai Super Kings all-rounder Sam Curran. Last year, Tom played for the Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. The Royals had bought him at his base price of 1 crore at the last auction.

However, the Royals did not retain him for the 2021 season. This decision resulted in a bidding war between the SunRisers Hyderabad and the Delhi Capitals for Tom Curran. Eventually, DC signed him for 5.25 crore. Thus, these five players got a huge salary rise because their franchises did not retain him ahead of the mini-auction.