IPL 2021: "Great buy for Delhi," Gambhir, Nehra surprised to see Umesh Yadav selling for Rs 1 Cr

Umesh Yadav had started his IPL career with Delhi Capitals (then Delhi Daredevils).

Umesh Yadav for Delhi Capitals (then Delhi Daredevils) | IPL Twitter

Former Indian cricketers Gautam Gambhir and Ashish Nehra were disappointed to see Indian fast bowler Umesh Yadav getting sold for just Rs 1 crore in the IPL Auction 2021. 

After having a forgettable 2020 IPL campaign, where he couldn’t manage a single wicket and went at a rate of 11.85 per over, Umesh Yadav was not retained by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ahead of the IPL 2021 auction. 

Heading into the IPL 2021 auction Indian fast bowler returned to his old franchise Delhi Capitals as he was picked up by runners-up of the 2020 edition of the Indian premier league (IPL). 

Umesh Yadav set himself the base price of 1 crore ahead of the IPL 2021 auction and surprisingly the veteran Indian pacer was bought by Delhi Capitals at his base price as no other franchise placed its bid for the speedster. 

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Reflecting the same former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir said that he was shocked to see Umesh Yadav getting sold for his base price. 

"Umesh Yadav, I was absolutely shocked when he went for Rs 1 crore, there are not many fast bowlers who can bowl 135-140. Yes, he can be a little hot and cold, but when he is hot he can be very hot, but then not many teams went for him,” Gautam Gambhir told Star sports.

Gambhir further said that Yadav is a great buy for Delhi Capitals and added that the latter is a good backup for Ishant Sharma, who is not fully fit. 

"It was a great buy for Delhi because Delhi wanted someone like Umesh Yadav with that kind of an experience because Ishant Sharma is not fit, they had to bowl someone like Tushar Deshpande, where there was not enough experience. Now they have got Umesh Yadav, so hopefully, he can do well for them," he said. 

Talking about the same former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra feels that it's disappointing to see Indian fast bowler Umesh Yadav going for 1 crore while the likes of Jhye Richarson and Kyle Jamieson, who are inexperienced, going for whopping amounts.

"No offense here, but when you talk about Jhye Richardson, Kyle Jamieson - he has done well for New Zealand in Test cricket. Jhye Richardson has done well for Perth, but somebody like Umesh Yadav, when you talk about Indian fast bowlers, going for 1 crore and these foreigner guys, unproven guys.

"Like earlier, I said Mitchell Starc, Lasith Malinga when you see these guys are doing well for the leagues around the world, but over here you are talking about new guys, and Umesh Yadav an experienced guy going only for Rs 1 crore, I can’t understand that," Ashish Nehra told Starsports. 

In 121 IPL games in his career, Umesh Yadav has bagged 119 wickets to his name at an average of 30.07.

(Starsports inputs)


By Ankitjit Singh - 19 Feb, 2021

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