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Updated December 23rd, 2023 at 19:09 IST

'Would Cummins have bowled from both ends': Aakash Chopra slams RCB for going after WC winner

Pat Cummins became the second most expensive player at the IPL auction as Sunrisers Hyderabad splashed a staggering 20.50 crore to secure his service.

Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc
Are Pat Cummins & Mitchell Starc worth their record IPL auction figures? | Image:AP/ File Photo
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This IPL auction saw all the franchises splashing their money to bring in players in order to strengthen their ranks. Mitchell Starc emerged as the highest player ever in IPL history as Kolkata Knight Riders shelled a whopping 24.75 crore to acquire his service. A total of 77 players were sold on Tuesday in Dubai.

3 things you need to know

  • Pat Cummins was sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the auction
  • They paid a whopping 20.50 crore for his service
  • Cummins led Australia to the ODI World Cup title recently

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SRH bought Pat Cummins for a whopping 20.50 crore

Pat Cummins came second behind Starc as Sunrisers Hyderabad bought him for a staggering 20.50 crore in the auction. The World Cup winner also broke the 20 crore barrier and will don the SRH jersey next time. Interestingly, RCB were very keen to take Cummins under their fold and were involved in an intense bidding war with Hydereabd who eventually won the battle.

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Despite having 23.25 crore in their purse RCB showed the audacity to come up with all guns blazing. Taking this matter up further, AAkash Chopra took a jibe at Virat Kohli's team.

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Aakash Chopra slams RCB for chasing Australian skipper at the auction

On his YouTube channel the former Indian opener explained that the pitch in Bengaluru would not have been of much help for the Australian skipper had they managed to nab him.

“They had totally made up their mind that they wanted Pat Cummins at any cost and they kept going after him, kept lifting the paddle. It went till 20 crores and I folded my hands and said - 'think a little'. If you had got Pat Cummins for 20 crores and you had 23.25 crores, would Pat Cummins have bowled from both ends?

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“If they had bought Pat Cummins, if SRH had pulled out at that stage, and they would have got him for 20 crores, their team would have become extremely weak. When you released so many players and if you had picked Pat Cummins on a small Chinnaswamy ground with a flat pitch, you would have been hit a lot."

Since the inception of the league RCB are yet to lay their hand on that coveted trophy.

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Published December 23rd, 2023 at 19:09 IST

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