IPL 2022 Auction: MI paid INR 15.25 crore to get Ishan Kishan back into the squad.© BCCI/IPL
Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan said on Saturday that Mumbai Indians are looking at Ishan Kishan as a long-term perspective and this is why they have spent so much on the left-handed batter in the Indian Premier League (IPL) mega auction. Mumbai Indians spent Rs 15.25 crore to get Ishan Kishan back into the squad. “He has the potential to become the future captain too, not now. They still have Keiron Pollard who can lead, Bumrah who is a leader himself, they have Suryakumar Yadav who could also be the prospect of leadership. So, they want to invest for the next 5-7 years, that’s why they went after Ishan Kishan so clearly and they knew what we also needed to get back to Ishan Kishan,” said Pathan on the Star Sports show ‘Cricket Live – IPL Auction Special’.
“I’ve never seen Mumbai Indians talk and take a longer break than this in my history of this auction list,” he added.
Previously, Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for Rs 10.75 crore, while Indian all-rounder Washington Sundar was picked up by SunRisers Hyderabad for Rs 8.75 crore. Australian all-rounder Mitchell Marsh attracted interest from quite a few franchises and he was eventually picked by Delhi Capitals for Rs 6.5 crore.
Earlier in the auction, Indian lead-off hitter Shikhar Dhawan was acquired by Punjab Kings for Rs 8.25 crore. Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 5 crore. Australia Test Captain Pat Cummins was taken by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for Rs 7.25 crore.
Proteas pacer Kagiso Rabada was acquired by Punjab Kings for Rs 9.25 crore. Kiwi pacer Trent Boult was sold to Rajasthan Royals for Rs 8 crore. Shreyas Iyer was picked up by KKR for Rs 12.25 crore. India pacer Mohammed Shami was picked up by Gujarat Titans for Rs 6.25 crore.
South African batter Faf du Plessis was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) for Rs 7 crore. Lucknow Super Giants picked up Quinton de Kock for Rs 6.75 crore. Australia lead-off hitter David Warner was picked up by Delhi Capitals for Rs 6.25 crore.
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