Australian pace sensation Jhye Richardson was roped in by Punjab Kings for a whopping Rs 14 crore in the IPL 2021 auction on Thursday.
Richardson, who was available at a base price of Rs 1.5 crore, was involved in a bidding war between Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Capitals before Punjab secured him as one of the most-expensive fast bowlers in IPL history.
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Richardson who has played for Australia across all formats, will now feature in his first IPL season after being earlier primed as a hot pick at the auctions.
The 24-year-old rattled oppositions in the BBL season with his uncanny variations racking up 29 wickets from 17 matches for the Perth Scorchers – the second-most in a BBL season. Richardson’s whopping strike-rate of 12.7 and economy of 7.68 was a standout in the league.
The paceman who was out from the Australian limited-overs side after an injury ahead of the 2019 ICC World Cup, last donned the national colours in a T20I in early 2019.
The Aussie is, however, still young in the T20 format with 78 wickets from 62 matches while picking up nine wickets from as many T20I games for the national side.
Windfall for Jamieson
Royal Challengers Bangalore signed New Zealand all-rounder Kyle Jamieson for a whopping Rs 15 crore. Jamieson has played 6 Tests, 2 ODIs and 4 T20Is for New Zealand. The 6’8″ quick made his T20I debut against West Indies in November 2020. He has picked 36 wickets in six Tests at an average of 13.27 and scored 226 runs at an average of 56.50. Although he’s never played in India, Jamieson’s all-round credentials ended up attracting a hefty price tag.