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Indian Premier League: Mike Hesson still regrets Chahal slip at auction

On Monday, Chahal scripted history by becoming the first player in IPL to take 200 wickets

PTI New Delhi Published 24.04.24, 09:55 AM
Yuzvendra Chahal has been on fire playing for Rajasthan Royals.

Yuzvendra Chahal has been on fire playing for Rajasthan Royals. PTI

Letting go of Yuzvendra Chahal is something Royal Challengers Bengaluru could regret for the longest time and the franchise’s former director of cricket, Mike Hesson, on Tuesday insisted they failed to retain the leg-spinner due to a miscalculation at the last IPL auction.

On Monday, Chahal scripted history by becoming the first player in IPL to take 200 wickets.

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“Yuzi is one I will be frustrated with until I have finished my career and probably beyond. He is an outstanding bowler. I guess when it comes to every cycle, you have got to decide who you are going to retain.

“It was one of those things where if you only retain three players, you give yourself an extra 4 crore in the auction,” Hesson told former India batsman Robin Uthappa on Jio Cinema.

Hesson said Chahal’s name came pretty late in the auction and by that time, the franchise had already bought ace Sri Lankan spinner Wanindu Hasaranga.

“... Then the order of the auction came up and Yuzvendra Chahal was at No. 65. Because we had retained that many players we were going to get bullied. After Yuzi, there was no other spinner we were interested in.

“We were obviously interested in Hasaranga as another option if we did not get Yuzi. So we bid for him upfront and then once we got Hasaranga that meant we could not go for Yuzi,” he added.

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