Gujarat Titans splurged on Mohammed Shami and Lockie Ferguson before paying out ₹9 crore on uncapped Rahul Tewatia in the final phase of day 1 of the IPL 2022 auction on Saturday. Hardik Pandya will lead the Titans, who had signed young flyhalf Shubman Gill and top Afghan leg spinner Rashid Khan ahead of the event.
Beginners paid ₹6.25 crore for Shami, who also attracted interest from Royal Challengers Bangalore. The seasoned Indian pacer with 79 IPL wickets to his name eventually made his way to the Ahmedabad-based side. It also became the Titans’ first-ever stock buy, joining Hardik, Gill and Rashid on the panel.
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Shami was left out by the Punjab Kings as they decided to play with only two players: Mayank Agarwal and uncapped Indian pacer Akshdeep Singh. He was chosen by the Punjab Kings to ₹4.8 crores at IPL auction 2019.
The Titans further honed their attacking pace by taking over Lockie Ferguson from New Zealand. He entered the 10 crore club after Ashish Nehra and Gary Kirsten decided to go fast. The former Kolkata Knight Riders player first caught the eye of Mike Hesson, director of cricket at Royal Challengers Bangalore, before the Titans claimed the deal.
To add even more depth at the top, the Titans bought England’s Jason Roy, who recently netted 116 points on just 57 deliveries for Quetta Gladiators. The top-notch hitter is a proven performer in the T20 format and it will be interesting to see him open alongside Gill. Roy, who went to get ₹2 crore, played for several IPL franchises so far: Gujarat Lions, Delhi Daredevils (now Capitals) and SunRisers Hyderabad.
The Titans also picked up uncapped Abhinav Sadarangan for ₹2.6 crore. Kolkata and Delhi were initially interested in the Karnataka striker before the Titans entered the race and bought him at a high price. They also added Rahul Tewatia to the camp for a fee of ₹9 crore.
A former Rajasthan Royals player, Tewatia is known for his hard-hitting batting show, which was quite evident during his blitz against Sheldon Cottrell. Tewatia joined the Titans as the first purchase in the all-rounder category.
To wrap up a turbulent first day of the auction, Gujarat picked up Noor Ahmad (0.30 Cr) and R Sai Kishore (3 Cr) in the uncapped pool.
Gujarat Titans Squad
Chosen Players – Hardik Pandya (15 Cr), Rashid Khan (15 Cr), Shubman Gill (8 Cr)
Players Bought – Mohammad Shami (6.25 Cr), Jason Roy (2 Cr), Lockie Ferguson (10 Cr), Abhinav Sadrangani (2.6 Cr), Rahul Tewatia (9 Cr), Noor Ahmad (30 lakh), R Sai Kishore (3 Cr)
Remaining budget – 18.85 cr
Remaining player slots – 15
Remaining Overseas Slots – 4