Twitter Reactions: Intense bidding war for Piyush Chawla as KKR triumphs over CSK

Chawla hit the winning runs in the 2014 finals to lead KKR to the title.

Piyush Chawla
Piyush Chawla. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Two-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders had a slow start to the ongoing auctions at Bengaluru. They kicked off, signing Australian speedster Mitchell Starc as their first marquee player. Thus with one pacer in the sack, the franchise opted to go for a spinning option in Piyush Chawla. Chawla, who first came into limelight when he dismissed Sachin Tendulkar with a mesmerizing googly had been a part of the franchise for the last three years. The 29-year-old leggie even hit the winning runs in the 2014 finals to lead his side to the title.

Chawla was the first name in the category for spinners. He had a four-way bid with Chennai, Mumbai, Rajasthan all bidding for him after he set his base price at Rs 1 Cr. There was an intense bidding war for the former KKR player. However, he was eventually bought by CSK for Rs 4.2 crores but KKR used the RTM card to retain the player.

Chawla is abled both with the bat and the willow. In his early days, Chawla was an orthodox leg-spinner. However, he bowls much flatter these days and ends up bowling quite a few long hops in the process. A lower-order batsman, Chawla scores handy runs consistently as well.

KKR have shaped up a solid squad

In a bid to bolster their squad for the upcoming edition and the win the title for the third time, the KKR franchise looks keen on building a tenacious and robust squad. The franchise got back their star player Chris Lynn as they saw off the challenge from Delhi Daredevils and also Royal Challengers Bangalore. KKR bought Lynn for a whopping 9.6 crore.

Dinesh Karthik once again raked in the moolah in the auction after being sold for a massive amount of Rs 7.4 Cr to KKR. The gloveman has performed really well this domestic season and the price tag serves as a testament to that. KKR found their second gloveman in Robin Uthappa. Mumbai though they landed the wicketkeeper-batsman for Rs 6.4 Cr but KKR jumped in the last minute and used the RTM card to poach him.

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