IPL 2021 Auction: Top 5 foreigners who are likely to lose contract ahead of the upcoming auctions

IPL 2021 Auctions: The auction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 is likely to be held on February 11 and the board has set January 20 as the deadline for the eight franchises to submit the list of retained and released players. However, it is final now that no mega auction will be conducted for the 14th edition of IPL (IPL 2021). Instead, BCCI will conduct the mini-auctions. The full-fledged mega-player auctions will now be conducted for IPL 2022 once the two new teams are on board next year.
With the deadline less than two weeks away, we take a look at the Top 5 foreign players who might find themselves out of contract and back in the auction pool for the IPL 2021 auctions. 

IPL 2021 Auction: Pat Cummins (Kolkata Knight Riders)
IPL 2020 Salary –  15.5  Crore
IPL 2020 Team – Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR)

The Australian pacer emerged as the top buy in IPL 2020 auction as he was sold to Kolkata Knight Riders for a 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.

IPL 2021 Auction:Steve Smith (Rajasthan Royals)

IPL 2020 Salary –  12.5 Crore  
IPL 2020
 Team – Rajasthan Royals (RR)

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.

IPL 2021 Auction: Glenn Maxwell (Kings XI Punjab)

IPL 2020 Salary –  10.75 Crore
IPL 2020 Team – Kings XI Punjab (KXIP)

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.

IPL 2021 Auction:Daniel Sams (Delhi Capitals)

IPL 2020 Salary –   
IPL 2020 Team – Delhi Capitals (DC)

Australian all-rounder Daniel Sams became a part of the Delhi Capitals team in IPL 2020 as a replacement player. He did not get a single bid in the IPL Auction.

But DC might have been optimistic but Anrich Nortje proved to be a wonderful replacement signing. Sams got a chance to play three games for the Capitals. He could neither score a run nor pick up a wicket, meaning that he might return to the auction next year.

IPL 2021 Auction: Nathan Coulter Nile (Mumbai Indians)

IPL 2020 Salary –   
IPL 2020 Team – Mumbai Indians (MI)

Almost all players of the Mumbai Indians team did a fantastic job in IPL 2020. James Pattinson stepped up and delivered the goods in Lasith Malinga’s absence.

The Mumbai Indians might look to retain both Pattinson and Malinga for the next season. This could result in Nathan Coulter Nile’s ouster. The Aussie pacer scalped only five wickets in seven matches. Also, MI signed him for a whopping 8 Crore. Thus, he might not be retained.

IPL 2021 Auction:Mitchell Marsh (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

IPL 2020 Salary –   
IPL 2020 Team – Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)

Mitchell Marsh played only one game for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2020. He picked up an injury in that game and could not perform well. Subsequently, he was ruled out of the competition. Jason Holder took his place and emerged as a match-winner for the Orange Army. Since there is a limit on the overseas players a team can retain, Marsh might lose his place to Holder.