IPL 2021: Krishnappa Gowtham recalls the moment when he got picked in the IPL 2021 Auction.
IPL 2021: Karnataka all-rounder, Krishnappa Gowtham who is currently with the Indian national side as a net bowler, recalls the moment when he got picked in the IPL 2021 Auction by Chennai Super Kings. Gowtham surpassed Krunal Pandya record and fetched whopping INR 9.25 Crores from CSK as an uncapped Indian Player.
Krishnappa Gowtham put Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in a bidding war which was joined by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) later on and beat the two franchises to acquire the player.
“It was nerve-wracking, I was very anxious, watching on TV,” Gowtham, who is currently with the Indian Test team in Ahmedabad as a net bowler for the series against England, told ESPNcricinfo.
“We’d just landed in Ahmedabad and I’d just switched on the TV and my name came up. Emotions were changing every minute. Then, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya knocked on my door and gave me a big hug and they asked for a big treat.”
Gowtham put his name on the auction table with the base price of INR 20 Lakhs and rose up to INR 9.25 Crores. He came into the limelight in 2018 where he smashed towering sixes at the death.
Gowtham was part of the inaugural champions for two years before he was picked by Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) in 2020.
Both parents and wife of all-rounder were in tears when they came to know about the news.
The 32 years old cricketer is a huge fan of MS Dhoni and will play under him in the upcoming IPL. The off-spinner will be crucial for MS Dhoni as the surface of MA Chidambaram suits spinners.
Although it is still doubtful that the venues will be changed for the coming IPL or it will go in a regular manner.