IPL 2019: Varun Chakravarthy is a long-term investment for the club, says Preity Zinta
She is also hopeful that with the new head coach Mike Hesson to guide the youngster it will help him contribute profusely to the team.
Updated - Dec 28, 2018 12:34 pm
Once again at the IPL auction table, Preity Zinta and her side Kings XI Punjab had a pretty busy time. They went all out to get hold of some young Indian talents, most notably Varun Chakravarthy and Prabh Simran Singh, who went for Rs. 8.4 crore and Rs. 1.5 crore respectively.
There has been a lot of debate in the fraternity regarding the hefty price they paid for an unproven talent like Chakravarthy, but the co-owner has backed the Tamil Nadu spinner. Preity reckons Varun will be a great backup option to mainstream spinners like Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Ravichandran Ashwin and can be a great prospect for them in the long run.
“Varun is an underexposed mystery bowler along with being a back-up spinner who will add value to the team. Kings XI Punjab has always wanted to give chance to untested talent and Varun is a long term investment for us,” Preity said as quoted in Hindustan Times.
She also added that with the new head coach Mike Hesson to guide the youngster will help him contribute profusely to the team. “I feel that with guidance from coach Mike Hesson, he (Varun) will be able to hone his capabilities and contribute to team’s success,” the Bollywood actor said.
We have a balanced side: Zinta
Preity seemed pretty confident with the choices they made in the auction and reckons they filled all the necessary gaps to create a balanced side. The next edition expected to commence in the final week of March in 2019.
“We opted a thought through strategy for the 2019 Indian Premier League auctions. We wanted to pick up players that could fill in the missing gaps and create a remarkable team line-up. I believe that we have a balanced side now with a lot of good options in our kitty in case of requirements during the season,” she said.