The IPL blockbuster auction recently finished successfully in Bangalore, with franchises walking away with their preferred choices. While numerous players were restored with their previous squads, several of them seem to have to say their last farewell to their former teammates. In a similar vein, former Delhi Capitals bowler Avesh Khan was signed by the newly founded Lucknow Super Giants for a hefty Rs. 10 crores. Here is Why Rishabh Pant Said Sorry To Avesh Khan.
Why Rishabh Pant Said Sorry To Avesh Khan
Khan expressed his views of being acquired by the new team, saying that he froze for a time but that everything returned to normal for a while. He added that he anticipated an offer of at least 7 crores but couldn’t obtain live information because he was on a flight to Kolkata with the Indian group.
“I was on the flight at that time and I had expected I would get at least seven crores. But since I was on the flight and couldn’t watch the auction live, I was feeling a bit nervous thinking which team would pick me and for how much. Upon landing when I got to know that Lucknow bought me for 10 crores, I froze for five seconds. But then things became normal, I was like okay,” said Avesh Khan.
It was a very emotional moment with Rishabh: Avesh Khan
Avesh eventually revealed an emotional scene with his former captain Rishabh Pant, saying he hugged him and apologized for being not able to bring him back. The speedster also stated that he will miss Ricky Ponting and the team, as well as Pant, with whom he had been friends since his U19 times.
“I would miss them [Ricky Ponting and Co.] a lot because I had an emotional connect with the Delhi Capitals. After our flight landed in Kolkata, I met Rishabh outside and he held his arms wide open for giving me a hug. He told me, ‘Sorry, le nahin paye’(sorry we couldn’t buy you). Because they weren’t left with a huge purse and had players to buy as well”.
“When I watched the auction later, I saw that they did place a final bid for me at 8.75cr, but Lucknow eventually bid the highest. So, it was a very emotional moment with Rishabh; we have played Under-19 together, we always sit together after matches, hang out together,” Khan added.