The recently-concluded Indian Premier League auction held in Chennai saw fast bowlers and seam-bowling all-rounders ruling the roost. With supply scare and demand in surplus, the franchise went all out to claim the services of fast bowlers and all-rounders.
While South African seam-bowling all-rounder Chris Morris made history by becoming the most expensive signing in the history of IPL auction, the likes of Jhye Richardson, Kyle Jamieson also went on to become millionaires.
However, experienced Indian pacer Umesh Yadav, who was released by the Royal Challengers Bangalore following an IPL 2020 campaign, was sold to his former franchise Delhi Capitals at his base price of Rs 1 Crore.
And, Gautam Gambhir and Ashish Nehra are shocked at the fact that the franchise owners choose to take a punt on unknown commodities like Jhye Richardson and Kyle Jamieson rather than trusting the experienced Indian international.
“Umesh Yadav, I was absolutely shocked when he went for ₹1 crore, there are not many fast bowlers who can bowl 135-140. Yes, he can be a little hot and cold, but when he is hot he can be very hot, but then not many teams went for him,” Gautam Gambhir told Star Sports.
“No offence here, but when you talk about Jhye Richardson, Kyle Jamieson – he has done well for New Zealand in Test cricket. Jhye Richardson has done well for Perth, but somebody like Umesh Yadav, when you talk about Indian fast bowlers, going for 1 crore and these foreigner guys, unproven guys.” said Ashish Nehra.
“Like earlier, I said Mitchell Starc, Lasith Malinga when you see these guys are doing well for the leagues around the world, but over here you are talking about new guys, and Umesh Yadav an experienced guy going only for ₹1 crore, I can’t understand that,” Nehra signed off.
Speaking of Umesh Yadav’s IPL record, the Vidarbha pacer has featured in 121 IPL games in which he has claimed 119 wickets at an average of 30.08 and an economy rate of 8.51.
Yadav had a forgettable 2020 IPL campaign where he couldn’t manage a single wicket and went at a rate of 11.85 per over.