The VIVO Indian Premier League player auctions have drawn to an end, and now we have a fair idea of how teams could line up, come the start of the season.
After two taxing days, kxip.in caught up with the Lion Kings, Ness Wadia and Mohit Burman, to get a lowdown of all the drama that unfurled.
“The impressions of today (Sunday) were great, though it was a roller-coaster. We saved money to buy two bowlers, and maybe a specialist batsman,” said a clearly elated Ness Wadia.
After notching up some good batsmen and spinners on Day 1, the onus would have definitely been on landing quality quicks, and with the likes of Andrew Tye, Barinder Sran, Ben Dwarshuis and Chris Gayle, the Kings XI Punjab co-owner had all the reasons to feel overjoyed at the end of the day.
Fetching a whopping 11.5 crore, Jaydev Unadkat was the talk of the town, and the Kings would have breathed a sigh of relief to see their 11-crore bid eclipsed by Rajasthan Royals, allowing them to focus on multiple targets for the same price.
“Unadkat really took us out of whack. We were focusing on Tye as our bowler, who we were lucky to get, and also managed to snap up Gayle and Mujeeb Zadran, the Afghani,” Ness explained.
With the likes of Gayle, Aaron Finch, David Miller and Yuvraj Singh, coupled with a belligerent mentor in Virender Sehwag, the sher will look to go out all guns blazing with the willow in hand.
“If you look back at what he (Gayle) has done in the IPL, he is the leading six-hitter in the tournament’s history, and also in T20s as a whole,” Ness said about the potent combination of big hitters now nestled in the side. “We also have Finch and Yuvraj who can help us out and win us matches on their day.”
On paper, the Kings probably have their most balanced side since the inaugural three seasons of the league when the likes of Yuvraj, Irfan Pathan, Shaun Marsh, Kumar Sangakkara and Brett Lee played for them. They would certainly be dreaming of their hands on the coveted trophy come May, and fellow co-owner, Mohit Burman shared those sentiments.
“I think there were a few hiccups which is likely in any auction, but I think overall, we did well, and did a great job,” Burman summarised. “We are looking forward to the start of the season, and hope that we win the cup this time around.”