- Test specialist Pujara will return to T20, last IPL match played in 2014
- Chennai Super Kings, captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, bought Pujara for Rs 50 lakhs
- Veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh, released from Chennai Super Kings, had a difficult time finding a buyer
Team India’s test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara finally got a buyer in the IPL. Chennai Super Kings, captained by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, added Pujara (Cheteshwar Pujara in IPL Auctions) to their base price in the IPL auction on Thursday. Pujara kept his base price at Rs 50 lakh. With this, Pujara returned to the league after about six years.
When Chennai’s bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji was asked about this after the auction, he said that Pujara has shed blood and sweat for the country. He said, ‘Pujara deserves it. He recently performed well for the country against Australia and shed blood and sweat for the country.
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Pujara thanked the Chennai team for this. He wrote on Twitter, ‘Thank you for showing confidence. I’m curious.
Pujara joined the IPL for the first time in 2010 and remained a part of it till 2014. In 2014, he played for Kings XI Punjab, but after his release by Punjab, no team again bid for him. When Pujara, who had played 30 matches in the IPL, was joined by Chennai Super Kings, a team led by Dhoni, the officials sitting in the auction hall supported the Chennai decision with applause.
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While Chennai added a new face as Pujara, the veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh released by him found it difficult to find buyers. He remained unsold in the first round of the auction. However, in the second round, Kolkata Knight Riders added him to their base price i.e. two crore rupees. Harbhajan Singh did not participate in the IPL held in the UAE last season for personal reasons, after which the Chennai team decided to release him along with several players. Kedar Jadhav, who was released from Chennai, was also unsold in the first round but in the second round Sunrisers Hyderabad bought him at his base price (Rs 2 crore).
The leg-spinner Piyush Chawla, released from CSK, was added by Mumbai Indians for Rs 2.40 crore. Piyush’s base price was Rs 50 lakh. This was the third consecutive year that Chalava found a buyer despite being released. Mumbai started bidding for them. After this Delhi Capitals also jumped into it. Finally, Mumbai joined him.