IPL 2018 auctions: Fleming speaks out on leaving out R Ashwin

The IPL auctions are underway in Bengaluru.

Chennai did not retain R Ashwin. (Getty)

Chennai Super Kings left out R Ashwin in today's auction which came as a pretty big surprise for all the IPL followers across the world. 

Chennai Head coach, Stephen Fleming spoke about the reason they decided not to go with the former CSK spinner. 

"We went into the auction knowing our cap for Ashwin will not be more than Rs. 4 crores, knowing it will be a lot more than 4. He (Ashwin) was a big part of CSK. But as proven it was going to be harder to retain him," CSK coach Stephen Fleming said.

The think-tank instead made a coup in signing veteran India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for his base price of Rs. 2 crores to support Ravindra Jadeja. "His bowling will support wider boundaries. He was outstanding last year. And with the combination of M.S. Dhoni and Suresh Raina, the Indian core is strong now adding to Bhajji's purchase," the former New Zealand skipper said.

There have been several surprising buys so far in today's auction while there has been some costly ones as well. 


By Anshuman Roy - 27 Jan, 2018

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