The IPL 2021 auction delivered some very surprising results. While overseas players like Jhye Richardson and Kyle Jamieson became overnight millionaires, some of Indian players couldn’t earn big deals. One of them was Umesh Yadav, who was sold to Delhi Capitals for his base price of 1 crore. The likes of Ashish Nehra and Gautam Gambhir were not amused by the price tag of Umesh Yadav and believed that he deserved more.
“Umesh Yadav, I was absolutely shocked when he went for ?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,” Gambhi told Star Sports
Former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra was also baffled by Yadav not getting a big deal.
“No offence 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 ?1 crore, I can’t understand that,” Nehra signed off.
Umesh Yadav will join the likes of Marcus Stoinis, Kagiso Rabada, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shreyas Iyer, Steve Smith, Shimron Hetmyer in the Delhi camp. After suffering an injury against Australia in the second Test, Yadav was forced to miss out on the final two and the initial two Tests against Australia and England respectively. But he’s fit and back in the Indian squad for the 3rd and 4th Test vs England. However, he’ll have to undergo a fitness test before he can be considered for a place in the playing XI.