Chennai: Twenty-one-year-old Arjun Tendulkar, son of batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, has been shortlisted in the all-rounders’ category at a base price of Rs 20 lakh for the IPL auction, scheduled to be held in Chennai in less than a week’s time. The franchises have shortlisted a pool of 292 players who will go under the hammer.
Arjun has already made his T20 debut recently in the 2020-2021 Syed Mustaq Ali Trophy. He played two matches for Mumbai in the premier domestic T20 tournament and picked up two wickets from two matches, conceding runs at an economy of 9.57.
However, Arjun suffered a huge setback ahead of the IPL auction as he was not named for the IPL auction after he failed to find a place in the Mumbai squad for the Vijay Hazare Trophy that begins on February 20.
Earlier, 1114 players had registered themselves for the auction before the franchises trimmed down the list of 292 players, including 164 Indians and 125 foreign players. A total of 10 players have been selected with the highest base price of Rs 2 crore, which includes veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh and middle-order batsman Kedar Jadhav.
Chetashwar Pujara, the Test specialist of the present Indian Test team who is also known as The Wall 2.0, has also been chosen for the IPL auction, with the base price of Rs 50 lakh. His Last IPL appearance came way back in 2014 and since then he has failed to attract any team’s interest.
Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) go into the IPL auction 2021 with the biggest purse of Rs 53.20 crore, with nine available slots in their squad, while Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrises Hyderabad (SRH) have the least money in their kitty, with a salary cap of Rs 10.75 crore each.