After a manic day on Saturday, the second day of the VIVO Indian Premier League auctions was much more measured for Kings XI Punjab, but just as expected with eleven players picked up.
We were off to a great start early in the day by adding experienced batsman, Manoj Tiwary to the squad.
Big thank u 2 @lionsdenkxip @virendersehwag @realpreityzinta @nesswadia for showing belief in me 🙏 pic.twitter.com/TstN7FX1I1— MANOJ INDIAN (@tiwarymanoj) January 28, 2018
That's a very good addition at a very cheap price! Welcome Manoj Tiwary!!! @lionsdenkxip #kxip #IPLAuction— naveen bagga (@naveenbagga1) January 28, 2018
After a lot of chatter about lack of bowling strength, we got one of our stars from last season back using the Right to Match card.
Chennai wanted Mohit Sharma badly. But didn't get it. All thanks to RTM by Punjab. #IPLAuction #CSK— Siddharth Jha (@jha_siddhus94) January 28, 2018
But if you thought that KXIP did not try to buy big once again today, you could not be more wrong! The bidding war for Jaydev Unadkat was surely one of the talking points of the day, albeit he went to RR after a sneaky last-ditched bid…
Raising the bid for Unadkat was an extraordinary strategy of @ChennaiIPL to drain the purse of @lionsdenkxip But turned hilarious with @rajasthanroyals came forward themselves 😂😂😂😂#IPLAuction— Ram Durgesh (@durgesh_tweets) January 28, 2018
Adding some mystery and enigma to the Kings, was Mujeeb Zadran, the guileful spinner from Afghanistan. His selection thoroughly justified.
Mujeeb Zadran of Afghanistan:— Sampath Bandarupalli (@SampathStats) January 28, 2018
First 21st century player in Men's International cricket
Only player to take two 6-fers in Youth ODI cricket
Youngest bowler to take a 4-wicket haul in ODI cricket
Kings XI Punjab buys him for 4 crores. #IPLAuction
Watched Mujeeb Zadran up close in the @Official_BPLT20. Serious young talent from @ACBofficials. Good addition to @lionsdenkxip at a serious price! #IPLAuction— Gautam Bhimani (@gbhimani) January 28, 2018
Andrew Tye, the T20 specialist from Down Under was another hot property, but joined KXIP’s arsenal after a fierce bidding war with CSK.
The most talked about @aj191 gonna turn up for @lionsdenkxip at 7.2 Cr— Mohammed Arif Khan (@mdarifkhan87) January 28, 2018
Very good buy this. Excellent player to have on your side.#AuctionDay #IPLAuction
Not so nervous now my friend!!!— Tim Hipsley (@TimHipsley) January 28, 2018
Look out @lionsdenkxip ... you've got a ripper for AUD$1.4million.
Another hat-trick on the cards??? #IPLAuction
Get that title with @ScorchersBBL first! https://t.co/aRJ4WoH0MK
With Barinder Sran’s left arm pace added to the armoury, our bowling attack looks lethal now.
Andrew tye, brinder sran, ankit rajpoot, r ashwin, marcus stoinis ... now we r talking.... @realpreityzinta @virendersehwag #IPLAuction good going team.— sehajpalsingh (@skdevil17) January 28, 2018
But that wasn’t all, with unknown commodity Ben Dwarshuis set to bedazzle the competition in the Kings’ threads!
Ben Dwarshuis bought for 1.4 Cr by @lionsdenkxip— Doraemon (@DoraemonCameOut) January 28, 2018
He is gonna play in T20s for @CricketAus soon. Interesting buy but whether he will get chance to play or not is yet a mysetry...#AuctionDay #IPLAuction2018
And what are VIVO IPL auctions without some fun and banter?
The duels between @ChennaiIPL and @lionsdenkxip are fun to watch. Every time @ChennaiIPL tries to buy someone worthy, @realpreityzinta comes in their way. #IPLAuction #VIVOIPL— Varun (@stvarun11) January 28, 2018
Or maybe its the other way round 🤷♀️This year #Kxipsquad HAS to rock 🏏😘 #LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #kxip— Preity zinta (@realpreityzinta) January 28, 2018
After picking up a few youngsters to add to the squad, came the big surprise, with the Universe Boss, Chris Gayle moving to KXIP! You can thank us later, RCB fans! 😉
'The Universe Boss', @henrygayle won't miss IPL this year, bought by @lionsdenkxip . He will do bhangra with @YUVSTRONG12 VIVO #IPLAuction pic.twitter.com/aH8YboTQgh— Shubham (@ishubh95) January 28, 2018
Sincere Thanks to @realpreityzinta and @lionsdenkxip for bringing the Legend @henrygayle back into IPL fold— Nandan S Rao (@Nandan_) January 28, 2018
- RCB Fans#IPLAuction
All in all, KXIP has built a stellar unit with strengths in all departments. The fans definitely agree with us.
One of the best team v hav in dis IPL.. Where great selection was done by @virendersehwag Paaji, @realpreityzinta Ma'am and the whole KXIP team. Esp. The selection of Andrew Tye and Mujeeb Zadran today priceless ones.. Even Barinder Sran #IPLAuction— Sreerag R.Nambiar (@sreeragnambiar) January 28, 2018
With all the squads now finally built, it will be interesting to see how they fare come the 11th season of the VIVO Indian Premier League.