Aakash Chopra says Yuzvendra Chahal will be an expensive buy in IPL auction
By SMCS - Dec 18, 2021 2:00 pm
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Former India player turned famous commentator Aakash Chopra believes veteran India spinner Yuzvendra Chahal will be an expensive buy at the upcoming IPL 2022 mega auction prior to the next edition. However, Chahal is the leading wicket-taker of the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) franchise in the history of the league, having picked up 139 wickets as well. However, the franchise did not retain him and he will be there in the IPL 2022 auction.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra was surprised to see the way the Indian selectors are handling Chahal. He explained: “Yuzi Chahal – I didn’t understand what has been done so far. He was not in the World Cup squad and was there in the squad of the team that played after that. He doesn’t get a chance to play, gets one chance in the end.”

He also feels Yuzvendra Chahal will fetch a lot of money at the IPL 2022 auction and either of the two new franchises will buy him also. Notably, according to the reports, RCB could not retain Chahal as per the financial disagreement between the two sides.

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Chopra elaborated: “He is not getting his due, let’s be very very honest. The standard of which he is a bowler, I feel he should be treated better. RCB has not retained him in the IPL. In my opinion, either he will go already in the draft, probably towards Team Ahmedabad. If he doesn’t go, he will be sold very expensive.”

yuzvendra chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal

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Meanwhile, Aakash Chopra stated that Yuzvendra Chahal has been quite economical in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy. He also believes Chahal will be in the ODI team for the South Africa series. However, Chahal is the joint-leading wicket-taker in the league phase of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021-22 with 14 wickets in his name as well.

“He has taken 14 wickets at an average of 15, he has an economy of 4.35 in a high-scoring Vijay Hazare Trophy. He has picked up wickets in every match and has been economical in every match. He has been very very good. This guy will definitely go to South Africa, there is no doubt about that. But at the IPL auction, he will draw the big bucks, if he reaches till there,” Aakash Chopra concluded.