NEW DELHI: All-rounder Glenn Maxwell hit the jackpot at the 2021 IPL Auction as Royals Challengers Bangalore snapped up the Aussie for a whopping INR 14.25 crore at the bidding table in Chennai. With a base price of INR 2 Crore, Maxwell started a three-way bidding war that saw Kolkata knight Riders, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings fighting for him.
KKR backed off mid-way but the intense battle between RCB and CSK continued. The Chennai franchise eventually backed off after his price crossed the 14 crore mark. Bought by the Punjab Kings for INR 10.75 crores and then released after the season, it was a big pay day for Maxwell. RCB, who had a total purse of INR 34.5 crores, spent 14.25 crores for Maxwell.
Earlier, star batsman Steve Smith got the ball rolling at the auctions after he was snapped up by Delhi Capitals for the first buy of the day.
After a slow start that saw Karun Nair, Alex Hales and Jason Roy going unsold, Smith was bought by DC for a price tag of INR 2.2 crores.