Twitter Reactions: Axar Patel moves to the Capitals from the Lions Den
KXIP tried to buy him back but the Capitals won the battle.
Published - Dec 18, 2018 4:54 pm | Updated - Dec 18, 2018 4:58 pm
Axar Patel was the only player retained by the Kings XI Punjab before the auction for IPL 2018. However, it was a thoroughly disappointing season for him though. In nine games, the southpaw only managed to score 80 runs at a strike rate of 116. With the ball, he disappointed even more and accounted for only three wickets.
Hence, the franchise decided to part ways with him and put him back into the auction pool. Axar was a part of the Kings XI Punjab for five seasons between 2014 and 2018. Even though he was put back into the auctions, Kings XI Punjab tried to acquire him again but this time at a bargain price.
In fact, it was the Kings XI Punjab who bid for him first. But, there was stiff competition from the new face-off Delhi Capitals. He invited quite an intense bidding war between both these franchises. The two sides bid all the way up till INR 5 crores for him. In the end, it was the Capitals who bagged him ending the five-year association with the Kings XI Punjab.
What can Axar Patel offer the Capitals?
The Delhi Capitals let go of their left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem and two other players in order to bring in Shikhar Dhawan into the side. This was considered to be a big loss for the side. However, Axar probably seems to have made up for the loss now.
Moreover, Axar adds more value to the side as he is highly capable with the bat as well. He can add some firepower down the order for the side – a place where they have had a few issues in the last season. The KXIP fans were disappointed to see one of their most valuable players go while the Delhi Capitals fans looked quite happy with the pick.
Here is how Twitterati reacted:
Delhi Daredevils picked Pawan Negi for 8.5 cr
Delhi Capitals picked Axar Patel for 5 cr
You can change your name, but you can’t change your #IPLAuction game.
— Gaurav Sethi (@BoredCricket) December 18, 2018
— Anurag Jindal (@Jindal__Saab) December 18, 2018
Axar patel and carlos for 5 crores lol lol#IPLAuction
— Bhawna (@bhawnakohli5) December 18, 2018
Axar patel 5 cr.
Yuvraj singh unsold
— Shubham Jain (@shubham_sbj) December 18, 2018
Axar patel is a joke for 5 cr. #IPLAuction
— Praveen (@praveendutt) December 18, 2018
Axar patel sold for 5 crore, Yuvraj unsold.
Time to leave this planet.#IPLAuction
— Ravi Mishra (@G33kBoyRavi) December 18, 2018
Axar patel for 5cr whatttt
— Wandering insanely🦄 (@shilsChatterbox) December 18, 2018
Players like mccullum yuvraj Alex Hales unsold #IPLAuction
Players like hanuma vihari Naman ojha axar Patel going for big bids 🤙
What is this @ipl auctions
— Adil Shah (@iamAdilSrk) December 18, 2018
Pre-boarding announcement for @akshar2026 to New Delhi!
The flight costs Rs. 5.00 CR.
— Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) December 18, 2018
— 100Rab (@BatwadaSaurabh) December 18, 2018
Delhi capitals have a strong young Indian core – Prithvi Shaw, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Hanuma Vihari, Axar Patel. Rightly invested in the future Indian prospects. Exciting years for the franchise! #DelhiCapitals #IPLAuction2019
— Dinesh Anand (@dinnudinesh94) December 18, 2018
they already have five spinners Rahul Tewatia, Sandeep Lamichhane, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra😂
— Sunil (@Sunilkath) December 18, 2018
Axar Patel for wopping 5 crore . Wtf. #IPLAuction
— Douglas Hondo (@gaurav_m29) December 18, 2018
— divy (@Royal_king9D) December 18, 2018
— 🎯DEVENDRA SAINI🎯 (@DevendersainiS) December 18, 2018
Axar Patel 5 cr 😂
— Aadil. (@Aadil_Mansuri_) December 18, 2018