Uncapped batsman Mohammed Azharuddeen managed to get a contract with RCB at the base price of Rs.20 lakh in the IPL 2021 auction. The right handed batsman from Kerala played the innings of his life just before the auction in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy earlier in the year where he played an enthralling inning of 137 runs in mere 54 balls against Mumbai, hitting nine fours and 11 sixes.
Royal challengers Bangalore soon after bagging him in a tweet wrote, "Our paddle is up at 20L for Mohammed Azharuddeen!"
According to a report, in an interview when asked about his excitement about the auction he had said, “Yes, I am excited for the auction. However, I am not thinking too much about it, as if something goes wrong, I can’t let my morale go down. If I get a contract, that will be great. Even if it doesn’t happen, it is okay. I know I have to work hard to get into IPL.”
The IPL "mini-auction" this year would witness 291 players going under the hammer as England pacer Mark Wood withdrew from the auction at the last moment. All these cricketers have been shortlisted by the eight franchises. A total of 164 Indian players, 125 overseas players, and 3 players from associate nations are up for grabs in the mini-auction.