Liam Livingstone will play for Punjab in the next season of the Indian T20 League. The right-hander entered into the auction with a base price of 1 crore INR and was slotted in the first round of the second day. The first bid was made by Kolkata. Chennai joined their opponents and kept tussling till the price went 4 crores.
At this point, Punjab replaced Chennai and kept bidding till Kolkata pulled out at 6.25 crores. Gujarat replaced Kolkata and took the price to 10.75 where Hyderabad decided to enter the bid. Gujarat left the bid and then Punjab and Hyderabad kept bidding with Punjab roping him for 11.5 crores.
With this, Livingstone has become the third most expensive English player after Ben Stokes and Tymal Mills. Stokes was sold to Pune in 2017 for 14.5 crores and then to Rajasthan in 2018 for 12.5 crores. Mills was sold to Bangalore for 12 crores in 2017.
Livingstone has played for a lot of teams since making his T20 debut in 2015. H has played for Lancashire, Karachi Kings, Cape Town Blitz, Perth Scorchers, Peshawar Zalmi. The Lancashire-player has also played in ‘The Hundred’ for Birmingham Pheonix and Abu Dhabhi in the T10 League.
He is known for his six hitting skills. Last year, he hit 27 sixes for Birmingham Phoenix in ‘The Hundred’, which was the highest in the list. Fans had a mixed reactions to this signing. Some said that this is a great deal, while others believe he is overpriced.
This is how Twitterati reacted
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) February 13, 2022
Great buy. Chuk do phattey.
— Ravinder Singh (@RavinderSehga12) February 13, 2022
Great pick. I believe in him.
— Satyendra Gupta (@SatyendraGuptaa) February 13, 2022
11.50 cr is overpriced for Livingstone.
But Meanwhile Livingstone pic.twitter.com/16qseor1jn
— Vicky Shinde (@iamshinde83) February 13, 2022
Well , it’s always fun to watch him bat .
Hindustaniyon ki ladayi me angrez millionnaire hoi gawa
— Syed Ali Ashraf (@Purana_Lucknow) February 13, 2022
Livingston dominated the current half of auction
— @Imvinodsharma (@Vks80417026) February 13, 2022