As the auction for the 13th edition of the IPL kicked off in Kolkata on Thursday, franchises shellacked a hefty sum on many eminent players. Australian pacer Pat Cummins became the second most expensive player ever in the IPL Auction after Yuvraj Singh.
It was pretty much known that many West Indies players will also rage a bidding war among the franchises. One Caribbean player who initiated a three-way bidding war was Shimron Hetmyer. The 22-year-old had set his base price as 50 Lacs INR. However, the bidding battle escalated his price to the sky. Rajasthan Royals initiated the bid with his base price and Kolkata Knight Riders also joined to soar the price to 1.4 crores INR until Delhi Capitals also stepped into the ring.
In a tussle between Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals, Hetmyer’s price sky-rocketed to 7.75 crores. Delhi Capitals were eventually successful to acquire the services of the young left-hander. Considering the West Indies players’ impact in the Indian Premier League, Hetmyer is expected to grab the headlines with his aggressive approach to the game.
Shimron Hetmyer was previously a part of Royal Challengers Bangalore
Delhi, who still have 14.70 crores left in their purse, have bolstered their top-order. Hetmyer is a player who can change the strides in his side’s favour with his explosive batting. Hetmyer recently had hogged the limelight when he had smashed 139 runs against India to propel his side to the victory at Chennai. Hetmyer has previously donned the jersey for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL. However, he has been unsuccessful to leave his mark in the cash-rich league. The Guyana-born batsman is touted to showcase his forte in the upcoming IPL season.
In 42 ODIs for West Indies, the left-hander has amassed 1379 runs at an impressive average of 38.30. Delhi Capitals already have the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw and Shreyas Iyer in their top-order batting arsenal. With the inclusion of Hetmyer, Delhi Capitals certainly is equipped with one of the strongest batting forces in the league.
Here’s how Twitter reacted after DC acquired his services for a massive sum of 7.75 crores INR:
Shimron Hetmyer on the auction table,,,,,,,,,,,,, another million👏👏👏👏
— Ian bishop (@irbishi) December 19, 2019
A second away from going unsold……Shimron Hetmyer is having a very good day. How many batsmen in @DelhiCapitals? 7.75cr?
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 19, 2019
— Sumukh Ananth🇮🇳 (@sumukh_ananth) December 19, 2019
— Naren (@ImNaren26) December 19, 2019
Feeling sad for Hetmyer not playing with rcb now DC is my second fav team. Can't wait for Shaw iyyer pant hetmyer party.
— Rushikesh (@ruxikesh) December 19, 2019
RCB clowns are going to realise how dumb they were when they released hetmyer 🤡#IPL2020Auction
— Eldo Jacob (@eldoj28) December 19, 2019
Hetmyer is an excellent buy for DC. Just need him to score a century against RCB, now.
— Rohan (@rohaaaaaannnnn) December 19, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 19, 2019
Shimron Hetmyer goes to Delhi capitals for 7.75 crores😞😞
— 𝐌𝐚𝐚𝐲𝐨𝐧💫🕴️ᴿᵃʸᵃᵖᵖᵃⁿ (@itz_satheesh) December 19, 2019
— Arani Basu (@AraniBasuTOI) December 19, 2019
@imVkohli why did you leave Shimron hetmyer 🤢from RCB teams🤦🏼♀️
— Affu (@ZoyaAffu) December 19, 2019
— Vimal Kumar/विमल कुमार (@Vimalwa) December 19, 2019
Rishabh Pant, Shimron Hetmyer 🔥🔥🔥
Too much heat! https://t.co/qrGd6LGu90
— Manish 🏏 (@IManish311) December 19, 2019
He hits 'em to the left,
He hits 'em to the right,
Hetmyer hits them all around! 💪
— Hotstar UK (@hotstarUK) December 19, 2019
Shimron Hetmyer will add great value for Delhi on that flat wicket. Dhawan, shaw, Shreyas,Rishabh, Shimron….such a line up…. #IPLAuction2020
— Prashi Relangi (@prashirelangi) December 19, 2019
— Jubil John (@JUBILJOHN) December 19, 2019
Shimron Hetmyer, welcome to delhi capitals.
Always wanted a windies destroyer at the club. 🔥
— MST (@ManUtd1800) December 19, 2019
— Tarun Makhni (@tpsmakhni) December 19, 2019
— Kushal (@Kushal87791513) December 19, 2019
RCB released 6 Overseas players.
Only Hetmyer Sold
— Merin Kumar ™ (@merin_kumar) December 19, 2019
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