Nicholas Pooran is undoubtedly one of the most talented young wicket-keeper batters in the world of cricket. Despite his struggles in IPL in recent years, it looks like franchises still rate him very highly considering his immense potential. On Day 1 of IPL 2022 mega auction, a dramatic bidding war took place to secure the services of West Indies cricketer.
While Sunrisers Hyderabad were keen to get Pooran on board, they face a very interesting competition from KKR, who had very few funds remaining. With only Rs 20.50 crore left in purse and 7 players in squad, there was lot of work still left for the franchise with so many slots still left.
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However, much to everyone’s surprise, KKR went on to bid an amount of Rs 10.50 crore only to be saved by SRH who secured the final bid for a price of Rs 10.75 crore. If the Orange Army had not interfered, the remainder of auction could have proven to be a nightmare for Kolkata Knight Riders going ahead.
Quinton de Kock ❌
Ishan Kishan ❌
Dinesh Karthik ❌
Nicholas Pooran ❌
— Abhijeet ♞ (@TheYorkerBall) February 12, 2022
KKR bidding for Nicholas Pooran for 10.5 crores with a purse of 20.5 crores ??♂️. Blessing in disguise that SRH won the bid #IPLAuction
— Zafran Zahir (@zafran_z) February 12, 2022
Do Team owners watch a different #IPL? I don't understand the bid war for Nicholas Pooran? He failed so miserably for Punjab & hasn't been in form lately. #KKR bidding 10 Crs for him when they have only 20 Crs & so many slots to fill? Weird! #IPLAuction #IPL2022MegaAuction #IPL
— Pranay Mehta (@PranayMehta_PM) February 12, 2022
Bach gya KKR ? Nicholas pooran for 10.75 cr??
— Abhi (+) (@IAmAbhiiiii) February 12, 2022
— Abhishek (@abhishek2526) February 12, 2022
SRH saved KKR here by buying Nicholas pooran#IPLMegaAuction2022
— Subham. (@subhsays) February 12, 2022
Nicholas Pooran to Sunrisers Hyderabad for INR 10.75 cr.
Saved KKR there. What a mess it would have been. Not that Pooran isn't a good player. Just doesn't fit into their setup and they didn't have the purse either.#IPLAuction
— Prasenjit Dey (@CricPrasen) February 12, 2022
— Karan (@karanjain2893) February 12, 2022
— Nilesh G (@oye_nilesh) February 12, 2022
Meanwhile, Pooran is going to be a great addition to SRH side and the franchise would be hoping that the youngster can finally live up to his incredible talent in IPL 2022.