IPL 2021 is over now. The Chennai Super Kings captured their fourth Indian Premier League trophy by beating the two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the finale. CSK received INR 10 crore prize money for winning the IPL title.
In this article today, we will try to form a well-balanced and strong IPL playing XI that costs less than the prize money awarded to the winners. So, let’s have a look at the players in the team.
Openers – Ruturaj Gaikwad (20 lakh) and Devdutt Padikkal (20 lakh)
Indian batters Ruturaj Gaikwad and Devdutt Padikkal will open the innings for this team. Gaikwad was retained by Chennai Super Kings for 20 lakh. Even Royal Challengers Bangalore had signed Padikkal for 20 lakh.
Gaikwad won the IPL 2021 Orange Cap title by scoring 635 runs in 16 innings. Padikkal was 11th on the Orange Cap leaderboard this year with 411 runs in 14 innings.
Middle Order – Rahul Tripathi (60 lakh), KS Bharat (20 lakh), Ambati Rayudu (2.2 crore)
Rahul Tripathi, KS Bharat and Ambati Rayudu form an all-Indian middle-order of this unique playing XI. Bharat and Tripathi played match-winning knocks for the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2021, while Rayudu was impressive for Chennai Super Kings.
All Rounders – Venkatesh Iyer (20 lakh), Jason Holder (75 lakh), Harpreet Brar (20 lakh)
Venkatesh Iyer was the find of IPL 2021. The Kolkata Knight Riders had signed him for INR 20 lakh only, but Iyer performed better than some of the highest-paid players in IPL 2021. Jason Holder and Harpreet Brar from Sunrisers Hyderabad and Punjab Kings will bat at number seven and eight. Both are wicket-taking options as well.
Bowlers – Harshal Patel (20 lakh), Arshdeep Singh (20 lakh), Rahul Chahar (1.9 crore)
Harshal Patel and Arshdeep Singh will lead the pace attack of this team. Harshal was the most successful bowler in IPL 2021, while Arshdeep was also present in Top 10 of the Purple Cap leaderboard. Rahul Chahar is the lead leg-spinner of this playing XI. Chahar won multiple games for the Mumbai Indians during the first phase of IPL 2021.