Current Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh was dropped from the Playing XI of Kings XI Punjab for their previous encounter against SunRisers Hyderabad at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).
“Yuvi is not among the runs at the moment but we hope that he will bounce back. He is of good value to the franchise and that is why we got him back,” said Ness Wadia referring to Yuvraj, who was KXIP captain in the first two seasons.
Yuvi may not be in the best of his form but the likes of KL Rahul,Chris Gayle, Ankit Rajpoot & Mujeeb Zadran have completely overshadowed his performance in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).
Wadia said that he is too pleased with the performance of his team after a disappointing past 3 seasons.
“We wanted to build a team for the long term. We wanted to spend more money. We wanted an Indian captain and to be honest we wanted Ashwin at any cost. He is a genius and knows what it takes to win (having won IPL at CSK).
Chris Gayle has proved to be quite a bargain buy for Kings XI Punjab but co-owner Ness Wadia on Saturday revealed that the team almost lost the destructive opener at the auction, thinking it had run out of cash.
Gayle had unexpectedly gone unsold twice before KXIP bought him for his base price of Rs 2 crore. Wadia explained how the franchise got lucky with the Jamaican.
“We had only Rs 2.1 crore left and if we had bid for Chris earlier (at the auction) and another team came up with a counter bid, we did not have the money to buy him. Luckily, no other team bid for him and we were more than happy to get third time lucky,” Wadia told PTI.
KXIP, who had retained just one player in Axar Patel before the auction, spent big bucks in their bid to build a team for the future. Gayle was their final buy and the Rs 2 crore they spent on him meant they were left with just Rs 10 lakh, using almost their entire purse of Rs 67.5 crore.
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