The much-awaited auction of 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) kicked off in style as the franchises splurged hefty amount from their purse on many prominent players. Chris Morris and Pat Cummins grabbed the headlines after Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders snapped their services for 10 crores and 15.5 crores respectively. Another player who garnered much attention was Nathan Coulter-Nile, who was sold to Mumbai Indians for 8 crores INR.
The grandeur of IPL was reflected by many franchises splurging their purse on many unexpected players. One such player, who initiated a surprising bidding war was Piyush Chawla. The 30-year-old had set his base price as 1 crore INR. However, in a move which was surprising for many fans, Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab tussled to acquire the services of the leg-break bowler.
The bidding war started from 1 crore INR and notched up to 1.50 crore INR until Chennai Super Kings also threw their hat into the contest. The Yellow brigade raged a bidding war with Kings XI Punjab until the price rocketed up to 6.75 crores INR. Chennai Super Kings eventually acquired the services of Chawla for an astounding sum of 6.75 crores INR.
Chennai Super Kings already have Harbhajan Singh and Imran Tahir in their squad
Many fans were taken aback by this move of Chennai Super Kings. With Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma and Imran Tahir in their arsenal, not many people would have anticipated that the Dhoni-led side would show interest in snapping up another spinner in their squad. CSK also have Mitchell Santner and Ravindra Jadeja to provide services in the spin-bowling department. After making his debut for India in 2007, Chawla played 25 ODIs for India and scalped 32 wickets including two four-wicket hauls.
The bowling all-rounder has had an illustrious IPL career while playing for Kolkata Knight Riders. He has contributed usefully in the two IPL victories for the Knight Riders and he has also etched his name into the record books by smashing winning runs in the 2014 version of IPL. In 157 IPL matches, the leg-spinner has 150 scalps to his name while playing for Kings XI Punjab and Kolkata Knight Riders. Chennai Super Kings will be the third side for which Chawla will don the jersey in the Indian Premier League.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to Chennai’s surprising move in the IPL 2020 Auction:
Wake up Piyush Chawla, this is for real…….
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) December 19, 2019
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) December 19, 2019
Another legend. Piyush Chawla sold for 6.75 Crores. #IPL2020Auction
— Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) December 19, 2019
Stephen Fleming needs to sit after the auction in front of reporters and talk about the Piyush Chawla buy. CSK fans deserve some answers.
— Yash (@sassy_penguin5) December 19, 2019
30-year-old Piyush Chawla is an early, strategic pick, grooming him for the 2024 IPL.#IPL2020Auction
— Suneer (@suneerchowdhary) December 19, 2019
csk bought piyush chawla for maintaining the old team tag
— 🐇 (@firkey_) December 19, 2019
Piyush Chawla turns 31 in Five days, making him automatically eligible to play for CSK. #IPLAuction2020
— Shridhar V (@iimcomic) December 19, 2019
— FAN OF FIGHTER 🚁 (@vickymahi7) December 19, 2019
Karan sharma, imaran tahir, Piyush chawla. Not sure whether, Csk is preparing for IPL or Dhoni is preparing for T20Wc. #IPL2020Auction
— ANSHUMAN🚩 (@AvengerReturns) December 19, 2019
— Jainam Mehta (@Jainam09) December 19, 2019
CSK's eyes gets lit up when they see a player who is 30+ 🤣🤣#piyushchawla
— Rahul Writes (@rahulkikalam) December 19, 2019
Piyush chawla for 6.75 cr..Excellent Strategy😂😂😂
— Vivekan (@Vivekan20) December 19, 2019
— Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) December 19, 2019
Surprised to see such a price tag for him and ofcrs piyush chawla too https://t.co/GvoQSTlbUM
— Samip Rajguru (@samiprajguru) December 19, 2019
— ᴷᵒˡˡʸʷᵒᵒᵈ ᵀᵃˡᵏˢ (@KollywoodTalks) December 19, 2019
— Saurav Kumar (@Sauravkr05) December 19, 2019
— Paul Muchmore (@paulmuchmore) December 19, 2019
Piyush Chawla to CSK… Mumbai batting just got better!
— Kay (@TheEndhiran) December 19, 2019
Piyush Chawla's bank balance boosted by auction dynamics. Gets sold for a WHOPPING 6.75crore (nearly 1 million USD) to Dhoni's CSK #IPL2020Auction
— Sreshth Shah (@sreshthx) December 19, 2019
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