Thursday, Aug 11, 2022

IPL Auction 2022: Raj Bawa, India's U-19 Star, Goes To Punjab Kings, Delhi Capitals Rope In Yash Dhull

Yash Dhull became the fifth Indian captain to lift the ICC U-19 World Cup title when he led the Boys in Blue to the winners’ trophy.

India's U-19 World Cup-winning captain Yash Dhull was bought by Delhi Capitals for Rs 50 lakhs.
India's U-19 World Cup-winning captain Yash Dhull was bought by Delhi Capitals for Rs 50 lakhs. BCCI

India’s U-19 World Cup star Raj Angad Bawa made it big in his maiden IPL as he was bought by Punjab Kings for a whopping Rs 2 crore at the concluding day of the IPL 2022 Mega Auction in Bengaluru on Sunday. His captain Yash Dhull went to Delhi Capitals for Rs 50 lakhs. 

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First Indian to take a five-wicket haul in the final of the ICC U-19 World Cup, Bawa proved his mettle in West Indies with both bat and ball and proved to be one of the backbones in their title-winning campaign. He also hit a 162 not out against Uganda – the highest score by an Indian in the tournament.

Up at a base price of 20 lakhs, Sunrisers Hyderabad generated interest initially before their joined by five-time champions Mumbai Indians. Punjab Kings joined in late and was a part of the bidding war for the youngster before having the last laugh.

However, Dhull went to his favourite franchise Delhi Capitals but at a much lesser price than expected.  A smart and steady batsman, Dhull generated interest from Punjab King and Delhi Capitals, but it was however the GMR-owned franchise who got their man.

"Hi Delhi Capitals. Thank you for showing faith in me and selecting me at the auctions. I have been a part of Delhi Capitals Bal Bhavan Academy for 8-9 years. So this is a dream come true for me. I am really excited to join the team and I am ready to give my best," Dhull said. 

Their teammate at the ICC U-19 World Cup, fast-bowling Rajvardhan Hangargekar was roped in by Chennai Super Kings for a good price of Rs 1.5 crore. Mumbai Indians initiated the bidding war and were joined by CSK.

A pacer with a good build, Hangargekar is certainly worth investing and can form a lethal attack with the likes of Deepak Chahar, if given a chance. However, it was sad day for India’s highest wicket-taker in the U-19 World Cup Vicky Otswal who went unsold.


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