Nicholas Pooran (Rs 16 crore) was Lucknow Super Giants' first buy of the auction day.© Twitter
There were several big buys at the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 auction in Kochi on Friday. While overseas allrounders were in heavy demand led by England Sam Curran, who bagged a Rs 18.50 crore bid from Punjab Kings, West Indies wicketkeeper-batter Nicholas Pooran too got a sweet deal (Rs 16 crore). He was Lucknow Super Giants' first buy of the auction day that got compatriot Chris Gayle in a playful mood.
"Nikki P, the money that I lend you, can I get it back please," joked Gayle, who came in as an expert for JioCinema.— JioCinema (@JioCinema) December 24, 2022
All-rounders Sam Curran (INR 18.5 crore to Punjab Kings), Cameron Green (INR 17.5 crore to Mumbai Indians) and Ben Stokes (16.25 crores to Chennai Super Kings) became the three most expensive buys at the IPL 2023 Player Auction. When Punjab Kings won the bid for Curran at Rs 18.5 crore, it eclipsed Chris Morris' record of being the most expensive player in the Indian Premier League auction. At Punjab, he joins his compatriots Johnny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone. Meanwhile, Mumbai Indians got Green after a fierce battle with Delhi Capitals. Stokes, who played with MS Dhoni at Rising Pune Super Giants, will join the former India skipper in Yellow jerseys as the third most expensive player in the auction.
"These three are private jet category players," chuckled Chris Gayle.
England's Harry Brook was bought for 13.25 crores by Sunrisers Hyderabad after an intense bidding war with Rajasthan Royals, who did not have enough in their purse to continue bidding. Brook amassed 468 runs at an average and strike rate of 93 in the Test series against Pakistan that England won 3-0. In 20 T20Is, Brook has 372 runs at an average of 26.57 and a strike rate over 135.
"Harry Brook - broke the bank early! That's a lot of money, it's good a buy. He's a good player as well. I am happy for Mayank as well. So, Sunrisers really tucking it up in the batting department, " said Gayle.
With ANI inputs
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