Slice of auction: Of a Tasmanian quick with an unwanted trivia and a No.3 who makes a comeback


“Why are you not a bowler?”
Sam Billings, the swashbuckling England wicket-keeper batsman who had comparatively forgettable stints at Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Daredevils, went unsold. But he took the snub in a sportively, taking to Twitter: “My girlfriend Sarah just turns to me and goes… ‘why aren’t you a bowler?’ Beneath the post, his friend and Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan bantered: “Spinner or fast bowler?” To which, Billings, who has bowled a single ball in his whole aggressive cricket profession, promptly requested: “Teach me leg-spin.”

Quite flows “Coulter-Nile”
Nathan Coulter-Nile entered IPL as a Mumbai Indians participant in 2013. He was shunned a 12 months later, earlier than he rejoined them in 2020 after a heated bidding session for Rs 8 crore after injury-ravaged stints with RCB, KKR and Delhi Daredevils. Just earlier than the current public sale, he was jettisoned once more, which didn’t fairly shock him after an unspectacular haul of 5 wickets at 41 and an financial system fee of 7.92. “I was expecting that was going to happen. Hopefully, I can get picked up again this year,” he informed the Australian press quickly after he heard the information. But little may he have anticipated that the defending champions would reclaim him quickly after (although at virtually half the sum, nonetheless a princely Rs 5 crore). Maybe, it was simply to chop his hefty pay bundle. Coulter-Nile, although, wouldn’t thoughts.

17 runs a ball to Rs 8 crore
Tasmanian quick Riley Meredith was a shock decide of kinds when Punjab Kings shelled out Rs 8 crores to amass his signature. Strapping, nippy and in possession of an assortment of T20 instruments, he’s fairly a rage within the BBL. However, he nonetheless has a bit of unwanted trivia connected to his identify. The bowler who conceded 17 runs off single ball. In a BBL match in opposition to Melbourne Renegades in 2019, he overstepped on his fourth ball and went on to concede 5 wides, 10 no-balls and a single. His crew, Hobart Hurricanes, although, nudged residence by 16 runs.

A distinct applause
After six years within the wilderness, Cheteshwar Pujara lastly has an IPL residence. All these years, he had put his identify on the public sale checklist, solely to be repeatedly missed, even by a franchise based mostly out of his hometown Rajkot. But this time, Chennai Super Kings purchased him for Rs 50 lakh, Pujara’s base worth. No different franchise confirmed curiosity however there was a light however heat applause that rippled throughout the room. It continued until the deal was sealed. Pujara would categorical his gratitude: “Thank you for showing the faith. Look forward!” Another Test match specialist R Ashwin would applaud the signing: “So happy for @cheteshwar1Well deserved!! Go well buddy.”


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