Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal. Credits: IPL

Cricketer-turned-commentator Laxman Sivaramakrishnan said that Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal will get more money in IPL 2022 auctions.

Chahal, who is the leading wicket-taker of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL with 139 wickets, was released by the franchise on Tuesday.

Yuzvendra Chahal, Royal Challengers Bangalore
Yuzvendra Chahal (Image Credits: Twitter)

RCB retained star batter Virat Kohli, all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and pace bowler Mohammed Siraj for IPL 2022. 

Yuzvendra Chahal might end up getting more money for being in the auction: Laxman Sivaramakrishnan

Sivaramakrishnan cited Ravichandran Ashwin’s example of how he was chased by CSK and RCB.

The former Indian player feels Chahal will end up getting a better package in the auction than he would have received from being retained by RCB.

RCB would want to buy him back. The other teams would want Chahal in their side because of his exceptional record in the IPL. The people who have more money will have the luxury of going for Chahal.

“In the end, Chahal might end up getting more money for being in the auction than by being retained,” Sivaramakrishnan told NDTV during a media interaction arranged by Sony Sports Network.

Laxman Sivaramakrishnan
Laxman Sivaramakrishnan (Image Credit: AFP)

“I remember how RCB was raising the paddle seeing CSK going hard for Ashwin. If RCB want Chahal, then the other teams might just bid to ensure he costs more to them. So, in the end, Chahal might end up being benefitted,” Sivaramakrishnan added.

Indian players are what we really need to look at: Laxman Sivaramakrishnan

Only eight of the 27 players retained by the eight IPL teams were from overseas. Sivaramakrishnan said that Indian players being retained in more numbers is a good sign.  

The overseas players not being retained are a sign that the Indian players are good enough. And the Indian players are what we really need to look at. The foreign players might make a fortune, but the Indian players will form the core,” he said.

The IPL 2022 will see the addition of two new franchises (from Ahmedabad and Lucknow). The majority of players will go under the hammer, which brings another grand auction in the cash-rich league, just like the one in IPL 2011. 

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