IPL 2021 Auction – Will KingsXI Punjab (KXIP) boot Glenn Maxwell? Will Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) retain Pat Cummins – the costliest foreign player in IPL? Will Rajasthan Royals (RR) continue with Steve Smith? All these players currently are on 10 Crore + bracket and franchises will really have to brainstrom hard whether to retain or release these big 3 from Australia before IPL 2021 auctions.
Top 3 Australian players who are likely to lose their IPL contracts: Australia players are currently busy with the India tour of Australia and focussing only on national duty. But, three top players of Australia – Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith and Pat Cummins who have an IPL contract worth more than Rs 10 crores respectively, are likely to lose their IPL contracts ahead of the IPL 2021 auction.
IPL 2021 Auction: Maxwell, Smith and Cummins likely to lose their IPL contracts
Glenn Maxwell (Rs 10.75 cr): Kings XI Punjab expressed their fondness for Glenn Maxwell in the IPL 2020 auction and bought him for a big sum of 10.75 crores. However, the Australian turned out to be the biggest flop of IPL 2020. He badly struggled and only managed 108 runs off 106 balls he faced. Surprisingly, the big-hitting batsman failed to hit even one six, a stat that has left many surprised. Unlike his usual self, he went about a strike rate of just 101.88. Maxwell is certain to be released by KXIP ahead of IPL 2021 auction.
Pat Cummins (Rs 15.5 cr): The Australian pacer emerged as the top buy in IPL 2020 auction as he was sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for whopping Rs 15.5 crore. However, Cummins has failed to live upto the franchise’s expectations. In his first game of the IPL 2020, the 27-year-old went for 49 runs in three overs against Mumbai Indians and was even thrashed for his dreadful performance by fans.
Overall, Cummins wasn’t consistent as he took 12 wickets in 14 matches with four of them coming in a single match. Cummins was average with the bat having scored 146 runs in 14 games. KKR are likely to avoid paying him a massive sum of Rs 15.5 crore again.
Steve Smith (Rs 12.8 cr): RR skipper Steve Smith had a rather fruitless IPL 2020 season – both as captain and batsman. Rajasthan Royals retained the Australian batsman for whopping Rs 12.8 crores, and he even started IPL 2020 extremely well with two back-to-back fifties and back-to-back wins. But after that he lost his touch and failed miserably in the batting department, as well as in the captaincy department.
His baffling on-field decisions as a captain, inconsistent batting-order decisions led to the downfall of the team as they finished eighth on the points table. Overall, Steve Smith managed just 311 runs in 14 IPL 2020 matches at a poor average of 25.91. He is likely to be released by RR ahead of IPL 2021. However, it’s a possibility that the franchise will buy him again but at a lesser price.