Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has jokingly set his fees to play for a team in this year’s Indian T20 League. The mega auction will take place on February 12 and 13. Chahal was playing for the Bangalore since 2014 but was released by the franchise last year ahead of the player retention.
He played 113 games for the team and picked 139 wickets, averaging 22.28 and an economy rate of 7.59. Chahal will be one of the hot buys in the auction and is likely to trigger a bidding war. The leg spinner has set his base price at INR 2 crore but is likely to fetch a lot more. Meanwhile, in a conversation with Ravichandran Ashwin on his YouTube channel, the Haryana-born player said that he doesn’t want to go for 15 or 17 crores as eight crores is fine for him. “I don’t want to say that I want 15 cr or 17 cr, you know, 8 cr is enough for me! (smiles)” said Chahal.
The former India chess player added that as a professional player, he is ready to play for any team. While he is keen to play for Bangalore, he won’t mind donning the jersey of another franchise. “It’s the first time where I feel I can go anywhere because there’s no Right to Match (RTM) card. The last time (2018), RTM was available, and they (RCB) had told me clearly that they’ll buy me using RTM in the auction no matter what… But this time, seriously, as a professional player, I am ready to go to any team,” said the 31-year-old. “Obviously, I want to go to RCB because I’ve been there for 8 years but it’s not like if I go somewhere else I’ll feel bad,” added Chahal.