England’s all-rounder Moeen Ali who came in the auction in at a base price of Rs 2 crores was sold to CSK for Rs 7 crores. Before the auction of IPL 2021 Moeen Ali was released by RCB.
Moeen Ali was recently seen in action in the second test match of the ongoing four match test series which is between India & England. Moeen Ali scalped 8 wickets in the second test in Chennai. In the IPL, Moeen has scored 309 runs from 19 matches & scalped 10 wickets. Moeen Ali has improved his limited overs game & is currently a crucial player in England’s T20I series. Overall in T20Is Moeen Ali has 3513 runs from 167 matches at 24.73 and a strike rate of 140.18.
With the ball, Moeen Ali has scalped 110 wickets at 26.96 and an economy rate of 7.68 runs per over. Moeen Ali comes in as a replacement for Harbhajan Singh at CSK. Harbhajan Singh was released by CSK based franchise ahead of the auction & CSK now have acquired a hard hitting batsman & an off-spinner. Moeen Ali has also opened the batting before & can also play as a replacement for Shane Watson who was one of CSK’s most successful openers before retiring from all cricket format after IPL 2020.
The English all-rounder will have a good opportunity to prepare for the league as he is included in England’s T20I squad for the five match T20I series against India that follows the test series. India & England play the T20Is on 12, 14, 16, 18 and 20 March in Ahmedabad.