Sheldon Cottrell was snapped up by Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). © AFP
West Indies pacer Sheldon Cottrell was on Thursday snapped up by Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) for a whopping Rs eight.5 crore within the Indian Premier League (IPL) public sale. Nevertheless, former India opener Gautam Gambhir reckoned the Punjab primarily based franchise’s Director Of Cricket Operations Anil Kumble picked the Caribbean cricketer in desperation as they weren’t left with a lot choices. Cottrell had an awesome outing within the 2019 World Cup in England as he had emerged as West Indies’ highest wicket-taker after choosing up 12 wickets from 9 video games at an financial system price of 5.85.
Talking on Cottrell’s acquisition by KXIP, Gambhir mentioned on broadcasters’ present: “There have been no higher choices, Pat Cummins and Chris Morris each have been offered out – they tried onerous to get (Chris) Morris but it surely did not work. I nonetheless do not suppose Sheldon Cottrell has sufficient high quality to turn into an eight.5 cr bowler. He is nonetheless to construct on accuracy and velocity but that he can bowl at 145 velocity; he can have a look at placing cutters however which may not assist at Mohali.”
“I believe Anil Kumble picked him up in desperation since they could not get Chris Morris or Pat Cummins. If the demand is excessive and provide is low, this stuff occur,” he added.
With a base worth of Rs 50 lakh, Cottrell drew a bidding conflict between Rajasthan Royals and KXIP earlier than Delhi Capitals additionally joined the race. Nevertheless, it was KXIP Punjab who have been profitable in buying the providers of the left-arm pacer.
Cottrell is now the second most costly bowler after Pat Cummins (15.5 crore) on this yr’s auctions.