Ishant Sharma, who was unsold in IPL 2017 auction, has finally received good news. The IPL tournament, which starts on Wednesday, April 5 before that Ishant got place in the Kings XI Punjab team. This fast bowler of team India has been given the place in the team instead of injured Murali Vijay . With the arrival of Ishant, the bowling of Kings XI Pubjab will get more edge . Kings XI’s team already includes bowlers like Varun Aaron, T. Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma and Mohit Sharma.
Ishant is currently the most senior fast bowler of team India. Ishant, who took over 200 wickets in 77 Tests, could not be sold in the IPL auction in February. His base price was two crore rupees. Ishant Sharma started playing in the IPL with Kolkata Knight Riders .
Ishant Sharma said that Virender Sehwag, the operations director of Kings XI Punjab, had asked him to join the team a few days back . He said that when I was not selected in the IPL , I was not in the mood of the holidays. I was planning to play county cricket and was looking for contract.
Gambhir had said that why a franchisee would give two crore rupees to throw just four over per match. He said Ishant Sharma’s base price was too high, he can bowl only 4 overs. At the same time, a player like Ben Stokes can make great contributions to his team in bowling, batting and fielding all three. Gautam Gambhir said that high base price was the reason that’s why many international players went unsold in IPL auction.
Earlier, Ishant has played with four different teams during various season of IPL, in which he played with Kolkata Knight Riders, Deccan Chargers, Sunrise Hyderabad and Rising Pune Supergints. Kings XI will be his fifth IPL team.
Playing on behalf of Deccan Chargers, he has done his best IPL performance. Ishant hit five wickets for 12 runs against Kochi Tuskers. During his entire T20 career, he has hit 88 wickets in 107 matches. From India, he played his last T20 against Australia in 2013.
It is noteworthy that apart from Ishant Sharma in the auction held in February, players like Dwayne Bravo, Irfan Pathan, Kyle Abbott, Pragyan Ojha and Imran Tahir were also not bought by any franchisee .