With the IPL Auction moving closer by the day, the two new IPL Teams, Team Lucknow and Team Ahmedabad have been given time till 22nd January to pick 3 players from the draft each. Some of the top news outlets have reported that the Ahmedabad IPL Team has picked Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan, and Shubman Gill from the draft. The three picks are almost perfect and have two captaincy options in the form of Hardik Pandya and Shubman Gill. Here is an in-depth look:
Ahmedabad IPL Team has Picked Hardik Pandya for 15 Crore Indian Rupees:
Hardik Pandya, the local Gujarati boy has been picked by the Ahmedabad franchise. The ideal choice for new franchises is to have a local “Superstar” and Hardik Pandya is certainly one. Pandya has been earning a lot of money from the IPL, season after season. CricInfo reports that he is going to earn 15 Crore Indian Rupees from IPL 2022. Hardik is the dynamic all-rounder that every T20 side wants! He is super-quick in the field and one of the top finishers. Having a local player makes sure that the stadium is jam-packed on every match day.
Ahmedabad IPL Team has Picked Rashid Khan for 15 Crore Indian Rupees:
Rashid Khan, the Afghani Maestro has been chosen by the Ahmedabad IPL Team. The leg-spinning magician will move from the Sunrisers Hyderabad to the Ahmedabad franchise. Rashid is the most wanted player by each team. He has quick round-arm action and is difficult to pick. Rashid has been dominating the circuit for 5 years!
Shubman Gill for 7 Crore/15 Crore Indian Rupees:
Shubman Gill is the third pick by the Ahmedabad franchise. However, the retention price is disputed. Some news outlets report 7 Crore while the other report 15 Crore Indian Rupees. However, the kind of skill that Shubman possesses, he deserves even more than that. Shubman will love the Ahmedabad pitch as it has bounced on offer and he plays the short ball well. It is also possible that Gill gets the leadership role.
Other Support Staff Members:
Gary Kirsten and Ashish Nehra have been roped in as Mentor and Coach respectively. Apart from these amazing individuals and able personalities, Vikram Solanki, the former English opener has been roped in as Director of operations. Gary and Ashish Nehra have previously worked together for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Vikram Solanki has experience of managing Surrey County.