Former Indian middle-order batsman and the mentor of SunRisers Hyderabad, VVS Laxman, has revealed that the David Warner-led uni had eyes on acquiring the service of Glenn Maxwell and Krishnappa Gowtham but they could not do so due to budget constraints.
SunRisers Hyderabad had just Rs 10.75 crore in their purse for the three vacant slots that they needed to fill in the IPL 2021 auction. Glenn Maxwell and Krishnappa Gowtham caused bidding wars among franchises.
While Maxwell was racked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping Rs 14. 25 crores, Krishnappa Gowtham was picked by the Chennai Super Kings for Rs 9.25 crore.
“We were looking for certain players but unfortunately we didn’t get them. Especially Glenn Maxwell was someone we were targeting and from the Indian talent pool we wanted Kedar Jadhav and then we wanted even Gowtham but unfortunately, they were too expensive and we had a very limited budget,” said VVS Laxman on Star Sports
VVS Laxman, however, expressed great satisfaction at the composition of the squad after acquiring the services of Kedar Jadhav, Jagadeesha Suchith, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman.
“In the end, we got Mujeeb as an overseas bowler and then we had Suchith because Suchith is an under-rated bowler, he is an excellent fielder and can contribute with the bat. We are very pleased with the three members we got. It just strengthens the squad we have because coming into the auction we already had 22 players. So, it is a very well-settled squad,” added VVS Laxman.