Moeen Ali has been in the news for the last couple of days. He has had a roller coaster of a time in the past few months as well. From getting COVID in Sri Lanka to coming into the second Test against India and playing well, Ali has seen almost everything. However, there is some really good news which Ali can celebrate.
At the IPL auction 2021, which took place on Thursday in Chennai, Moeen Ali went for huge money. After a long bidding war with Punjab Kings, Chennai Super Kings were successful in getting the spin-bowling all-rounder from England. Ali was sold to the three-time IPL champions for INR 7 Crore (approx $0.96 million).
When Moeen Ali had come into the auction, it was almost certain that he might be picked by CSK. The franchise has a knack for spin-bowling all-rounders. There are a few factors which were at play. One, CSK needed a back-up opener for replacing the retired Shane Watson and Ali has experience of doing that in the English county. In addition to this, CSK also needed an off-spinner in their team.
Knowing that MS Dhoni enjoys having spinners in his team, it was a little surprising when CSK let off Piyush Chawla, the experienced Indian leg-spinner, the franchise had bought ahead of the 2020 IPL. But, now it seems, MSD has his team ready for the next season, which could also be his last season of the IPL.
Here is how Twitter reacted after CSK roped in Moeen Ali
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) February 18, 2021
— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) February 18, 2021
The last few minutes of the Chennai test were worth their weight in gold for Moeen Ali! See, there is always opportunity when all seems lost! 😃
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 18, 2021
Off spinner ✔️
middle order ✔️
valimai update ✔️
— 🔥HBD Dinesh 🥳Thala_Udhayツ ᵛᵃˡᶤᵐᵃᶤ 🔥 (@ThalaUdhay7) February 18, 2021
Was studying… suddenly got the news that Moeen Ali is in CSK noww! Yayyyyyy 🥳🥳🥳🥳🥳
— Saheli (@Saheli_45) February 18, 2021
Seems like Moeen Ali’s late flourish with the bat at the chepauk for him a CSK deal! #IPLAuction
— Kanishk🪐 (@kanzzpp) February 18, 2021
— DHONI Trends™ (@TrendsDhoni) February 18, 2021
— Kishan Agrawal (@kishn_Agr) February 18, 2021
— Harsh🏝️ (@HarshKapadiya8) February 18, 2021
Watto from RCB to CSK
Scored century in final 😁
Moeen Ali from RCB to CSK
— siDDu.. (@Siddu_0308) February 18, 2021
Moeen Ali has great experience of playing T20 cricket. He has played a pivotal role for his county side, Worcestershire. In 167 T20 matches which he has played, Ali has scored 351 runs with a batting average of 24.73. A career strike rate of 140.18 is a testament to his hard-hitting batsmanship skills. He has also picked 110 wickets in those matches at an economy of 7.68.
All these attributes make Ali one of the best picks for the CSK in the auction. They could pick only one overseas player and so far it seems that they have got a really good buy for themselves.
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