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Sanjay Manjrekar says Liam Livingstone’s selection is a gamble from Punjab Kings
By SMCS - Feb 14, 2022 3:00 pm
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Former India cricketer turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has said that Punjab Kings paying Rs 11.50 crore to Liam Livingstone is nothing but a gamble as his performances in the last season of the Indian Premier League. However, Livingstone became the costliest overseas player at the IPL 2022 mega auction as well.

Liam Livingstone
Liam Livingstone

Livingstone had seen interest from Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders, Gujarat Titans and SunRisers Hyderabad before Punjab Kings sealed the deal with Rs 11.5 crore. However, he was sold at his base price of Rs 75 lakh to Rajasthan Royals last year as well. And, Manjrekar said that he always believes talents should get big money and he was surprised seeing the way teams’ bid for Livingstone.

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“Before the auction, I said that one of the best performers in the auction have been Punjab Kings. They have got some significant players, Mayank Agarwal, Shikhar Dhawan and Jonny Bairstow, Harpreet Brar was a great selection. They have retained Arshdeep which is a great decision. They have got Rabada and they have got Rahul Chahar. These are formidable proven IPL talents. They had a lot of money left as they didn’t spend a lot on their above-mentioned picks,” Sanjay Manjrekar told Star Sports.

Punjab Kings (PBKS)
Punjab Kings (PBKS)

“I still maintain that Liam Livingstone is a gamble, considering his previous IPL experience. Odeon Smith is a story that we have seen many times before. Owners get excited about the talent that they see outside and sometimes it works out and sometimes it doesn’t,” he said. “I was very gung-ho out Liam Livingstone after seeing him play for England against India. I thought he is some guy who will do good in the IPL, he is good against spin and a good bowler as well. But then he had around 6-7 failures for Rajasthan Royals. He was dropped and then brought back. But he just couldn’t get back to form.”

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“That I thought will come into play. i always believe in backing proven materials. He had struggled in the IPL last year. I was a little surprised by the optimism that a lot of teams had for Liam Livingstone. IPL is a unique tournament, the pressure is high and the performances in the other parts of the world don’t have a lot of bearing on the buys,” Sanjay Manjrekar signed off.

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