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IPL Auction 2021 – Moeen Ali lands big pay-day as Chennai Super Kings secure him for Rs 7 Crore


Immediate return to tournament for allrounder after he was released by RCB last year

Moeen Ali has ended a difficult week in India on an unequivocal high, after being picked up for Rs 7 crore (US$959,000) by Chennai Super Kings at the IPL auction.

The price tag is almost four times the figure that Royal Challengers Bangalore (Rs 1.7 crore; US$265,000) paid for Moeen in 2018, and marks an immediate return to the tournament after he was released by RCB at the end of the 2020 season.

Having entered the auction at a base price of Rs 2 crore (US$274,000), Moeen was the subject of significant interest from the newly rebranded Punjab Kings before being secured by CSK, where he will link up with his fellow England allrounder Sam Curran.

CSK are in the progress of a rebuilding phase, after failing to reach the IPL play-offs for the first time in the competition’s history, and the signing of Moeen came after they had narrowly missed out on the services of his fellow spin-bowling allrounder, Glenn Maxwell, who was picked up by Moeen’s old franchise, RCB, for Rs 14.25 crore (US$1.95million)

L Balaji, CSK’s bowling coach, said of the signing: “We were focusing on an allrounder and power-hitting. Moeen is a good buy. He is handy with the ball and also can bat in the top order. [Shane] Watson gave us that flexibility in the top order. Now Moeen gives us depth and the option of a dual role – [I’m] 100% sure he’ll fill in what we’re looking at.”

Moeen’s IPL credentials are likely to have been enhanced by his performance in the second Test against India at the Chepauk Stadium this week, where he claimed eight wickets in the match – his first Test appearance for 18 months – then signed off with an explosive cameo of 43 from 18 balls in the final moments of India’s 317-run win.

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