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3 Teams that wanted to buy Rishabh Pant during IPL 2016 auction but couldn’t

These three sides were aiming for Rishabh Pant but Delhi franchise won the bidding war eventually.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: Twitter)

One of the biggest stars of the Indian Premier League, Rishabh Pant has become a household name in cricket after his exploits in the T20 format. The Delhi-born wicket-keeper batsman has quickly become the toast of the nation thanks to his incredible big-hitting skills.

Playing for his home franchise, Delhi Capitals in the IPL, Pant has taken part in 54 IPL matches, aggregating 1,736 runs at a stupendous strike rate of 162.69. He holds the record for the highest individual score (128*) by an Indian player in the tournament. Besides, he has also taken 33 catches and executed 11 stumpings behind the wickets for Delhi.

He has played only 4 IPL seasons but the left-handed batsman has already slammed 94 sixes in his short career. The 22-year-old has gone under the hammer only once in IPL and apart from Delhi, three teams were behind him in the 2016 auction.

Here’s a look at the 3 teams that wanted to buy Rishabh Pant but could not–

Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians auction table
Mumbai Indians auction table. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Mumbai Indians were the first to submit a bid for Rishabh Pant when the auctioneer announced his name in the auction. The then wicket-keeper of the Indian U19 team had a very low base price because he was not that big a name in world cricket in 2016.

Since the Mumbai-based franchise had Parthiv Patel and Ambati Rayudu in their squad already, they did not want to splurge a lot of money to secure Rishabh Pant’s services. They took the bidding war above the 1 Crore INR mark but soon withdrew.

Now that Mumbai Indians have Ishan Kishan in their squad, they would not be regretting much as Kishan, just like Pant, is an aggressive left-handed wicket-keeper batsman.

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