Indian Premier League 2016: Suprise Package Pawan Negi's Rise to Top
Pawan Negi became the costliest Indian player at the Indian Premier League auction fetching a massive Rs 8.5 crore. This comes a day after the uncapped player was picked for India's World Twenty20 squad
If you are Pawan Negi, you would be jumping with joy. Just a day after being named in India's ICC World Twenty20 and Asia Cup squad, Negi found himself in a happy position once again, as he became the highest Indian earner at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction in Bengaluru. (IPL Auction 2016: Shane Watson Most Expensive Buy, Pawan Negi Costliest Indian)
Delhi Daredevils fetched the former Chennai Super Kings all-rounder for a whopping Rs 8.5 crore, after an intense bidding war with Pune Supergiants. Negi's base price was Rs 30 lakhs. (Highlights)
Before Negi, Yuvraj Singh was the highest among the Indians, who was bought for Rs 7 crore by Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Negi has played a total of 21 IPL games, wherein he has scored 144 runs at a strike rate of 153.19. With the ball, he has picked up 13 wickets with the best of 4/18. Negi has a modest domestic Twenty20 record wherein he scored 479 runs in 56 matches.
The Delhi all-rounder was ecstatic with his selection for Delhi outfit. "I'm quite happy with my selection for Delhi Daredevils. They have a good team and management and looking ahead to do well for them," Negi told Sony Six.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni often experimented with Negi in IPL, sending him as pinch hitter. Negi's best performance in Chennai outfit came during the 2014 edition of the Champions League Twenty20 final, wherein he picked up 5/22 to help Dhoni win the title.
Negi has been in good form in the shortest format of the game. In the recent Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Negi took six wickets from nine matches. Besides that he scored 173 runs at 86.50 with a strike-rate of 173.
Negi, who received the India call-up, said he wants to be known as a specialist left-arm spinner who loves "to hit sixes". "I am still a left-arm spinner first. Getting wickets is my top priority and that is why I am picked in any playing XI. But since bowling alone is not a criteria these days, I started putting more effort in my batting also," he said.
"My method of batting at the nets is simple. I never do traditional knocking. I always tell my coaches that give me a match simulation. I set imaginary targets of 40 from 24 balls or 33 from 18 balls. Accordingly, I decide the number of sixes I need to hit and also thinking about the possible field placements. This particular training method has come good in match situations," Negi had said after his Team India selection.
Other surprise packages
Other major surprise of the day was when Rising Pune Supergiants dished out Rs 4.50 crore for a virtually unknown Murugan Ashwin.
Ashwin, whose base price was Rs 10 lakh, was much-deliberated upon by Pune and Royal Challengers Bangalore franchise. A virtually unknown quality and the legspinner will now join the MS Dhoni-led side.
Talented Karun Nair hit a jackpot when he was pocketed a massive Rs 4 crore. Nair, whose base price was Rs 75 Lakh was eventually sold to Delhi Daredevils for 40 times his base price.
Former Rajasthan Royals player Deepak Hooda generated a lot of interested and was eventually bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 4.2 crore.
Baroda's big-hitting player impressed one and all with his big hitting skills in the previous edition for was also involved in a tug of war between Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Lions.
As the Rajkot franchise withdrew from the bid, Sunrisers jumped in late to escalate his price tag 42 times more than his base price which was Rs 10 lakh.