- Asmita Saxena
The Indian Premier League is the most-watched T20 tournament across the globe and the popularity of the tournament is surreal.
IPL has by far completed as many as 15 seasons since its inaugural edition in 2008. Since then, it went on to become the most-successful tournament as well.
The overseas players also love to play in this tournament. Talking about the IPL 2023 mini-auction that was held in Kochi on December 23, 2022, a few players went for a massive price tag.
The likes of Sam Curran, Cameron Green, and Ben Stokes triggered intense bidding wars at the auction. On the other hand, some top players like Dasun Shanaka went unsold in the auction.
It did take everyone by surprise. However, the Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka let his bat do the talking in the T20I series against Team India recently.
The right-handed batsman scored runs at a rate of knots. He hit a quickfire 45 off 27 balls in the first T20I and nearly pulled off a win for Sri Lanka but fell short of the target by two runs.
During the second T20I against India at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune, he guided his team to victory by leading the team from the front.
He chipped in with a quickfire 56 off 22 balls including 2 fours and 6 sixes to his name. Besides that, he also bowled really well and took two wickets to his name. Sri Lanka went on to win the game by two wickets.
Gautam Gambhir made an honest statement after Dasun Shanaka’s explosive performance against India in the T20I series.
“I won’t have money, he would be that expensive, the way he has batted. That is what the auction is all about. Imagine if this series had happened just before the auction, some of the franchises would probably not have had the money to buy him,” Gambhir had said on Star Sports.
Meanwhile, in an exclusive chat with Hindustan Times, Dasun Shanaka finally broke his silence after he went unsold at the IPL 2023 mini-auction which was held in Kochi.
“When it comes to India, the pitches are batting friendly. So, I enjoy those conditions very much. It’s (aggressive batting) in my game, my instinctive reactions come to play there. I don’t mind that I didn’t get picked in the IPL. I’m sure there will be something for me in India in the future. So I’m looking forward for that opportunity to play in the IPL,” Shanaka said.
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