Australian bowlers Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith were both shocked after their “outrageous” payday at this year’s IPL auction

For years we have seen the biggest names in international cricket en route to the fortunes of the IPL to experience an overdue windfall

Players who have represented their country for years could finally make the big bucks seen in other sports around the world

But in this year’s 2021 IPL auction we saw something different.It wasn’t just experience that was rewarded, it was potential

Glenn Maxwell was the first big star of the evening The enigmatic all-rounder earns AUD $ 253 million deal with Royal Challengers Bangalore

While there is no doubt about Maxwell’s talent, in some ways there is a bit of hope on the part of Bangalore that they are getting a rejuvenated Maxi

The 32-year-old didn’t score a single six for Punjab in last season’s IPL, a bloody stat for someone whose game depends on clearing the rope

As a result, the Punjab Kings released Maxwell, but they spent a lot of money getting another Aussie

Jhye Richardson, who had a fantastic BBL10 campaign in which he finished as the leading wicket taker, set his base price at a respectable 15 crore000 USD)

After a bidding war between Bangalore and Punjab, Richardson ended up with the Kings for 14 crore (US $ 2 48 million), almost ten times its starting value

Richardson was currently in New Zealand for Australia’s upcoming T20 tour and was at odds with some friends in Western Australia when his name was pulled out of his hat

“It’s so fresh I haven’t had time to process it Right now it’s going through the day and I watch my phone explode with lots of messages I had a lot of support from everyone so I’m doing this right now.” / p>

“We were trying to figure out what people wanted. It can be a bit confusing, but we got there in the end

“When my name came up, this wave of nausea hit me without knowing what to expect

“For the first time, what felt like to me, 20 minutes, nobody put their paddle on and it was one of those things you have no idea what’s going to happen

“The first paddle went up and realistically it was only five seconds, but it felt like a lifetime”

Despite his fantastic big bash, Richardson tried to downplay his chances of being included in the auction

When a number of talented internationals continued to go unsold, the 24-year-old was only trying to “stay cool” when a whirlwind of emotion overwhelmed him

Given the brutal two years that Richardson has recovered from a serious shoulder injury, this moment is going to be all the sweeter

While the cash is a huge bonus, that’s not the real benefit of this auction for Richardson

“I think it’s obviously a nice bonus from where I was 12 months ago,” said Richardson

“All of the questions go through your mind when you are on this long recovery or have a major injury, whether or not you are getting on to your best.

“Especially with the Big Bash and the trust in the medical staff around me

“[I’m] really looking forward to it and for me personally it’s comforting to know that I’m back to where I should have been, which is really exciting”

An added incentive for Richardson is the fact that the IPL is a perfect warm-up for the T20 World Championship later this year

With both taking place in India, Richardson believes the variation in his bowling that has been so successful in the BBL has the potential to set him apart in subcontinental conditions

Australian compatriot Riley Meredith will connect with Richardson in Punjab for the IPL

The 24-year-old from Tasmania became the most expensive international player to be sold at the IPL auction

Punjab won its services at 8 crore (1417691 USD) despite an intense challenge from Ricky Pontings Delhi Capitals

“I wasn’t expecting too much to be honest, I was hoping for a commandment or two if possible, but it really got out of hand”

There was a definite appetite for big, fast bowlers at this year’s auction, with Chris Morris and Kyle Jamieson selling for staggering quantities

It’s a small change from previous seasons when smart spin was the number one choice

“I think there was some talk before the auction that fast bowlers are in demand this year,” said Meredith

NSW all-rounder Moises Henriques will also join Meredith and Richardson in Punjab after the Kings picked him up for 42 crore ($ 745000)

Australian T20 captain Aaron Finch was one of several Australian players who did not have an IPL contract for the World Cup year

Matthew Wade, Alex Carey, Marnus Labuschagne, Ben McDermott and Jason Behrendorff are just a few of the other players in the Australian T20 squad who haven’t been sold

Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith

World News – AU – IPL Auction 2021: Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith respond to an “outrageous” payday