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Sheldon Cottrell hits back at Gautam Gambhir over his ‘picked out of desperation’ comment

Cottrell was picked up by Kings XI Punjab(KXIP) for a whopping INR 8.5 crore in the IPL 2020 auction.

The West Indian was one of the costliest buys of the auction for the 2020 version of the cash-rich league. Cottrell has made a name for himself in international cricket with his iconic salute celebration after taking a wicket.

Cottrell had an impressive outing in the 2019 Cricket World Cup picking up 12 wickets at an economy of 5.85. The left-armer in total has 49 and 36 wickets to his name in 35 ODIs and 27 T20Is for West Indies.

With a base price of INR 50 lakh, Cottrell drew a bidding war between Rajasthan Royals and KXIP before Delhi Capitals also joined the race. It was however KXIP who eventually succeeded in acquiring his services.

KXIP invested a mammoth INR 8.5 crore for the then 11th ranked bowler in ICC’s T20I leader-boards. The purchase would later go on to make the West Indian the 4th most expensive buy of the season.

Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir however had opined it was the Punjab based side’s desperation that led to the hefty price-tag. Gambhir felt that the franchise did not have many options left other than to buy Cottrell.

Gambhir had stated that Anil Kumble, the Director of Cricket Operations, picked up the Jamaican in desperation after missing out on players like Chirs Morris and Pat Cummins, the two most expensive buys in the auction.

“I think Anil Kumble picked him up in desperation since they couldn’t get Chris Morris or Pat Cummins. If the demand is high and supply is low, these things happen,” the former-cricketer turned BJP MLA had remarked. 

The West Indian however thinks differently on the matter.

Cottrell recently opened up on Gambhir’s comment in an Instagram live session with Crictracker. Cottrell responded by saying his work spoke for itself and he considered himself lucky to be a part of the franchise.

“Did he really say that? I wasn’t aware of the comment by Gambhir. I think my work speaks for itself,” Cottrell told host Adarsh Raman during Instagram Live with CricTracker.

“I don’t know why he made that comment. I am a very lucky man to be a part of KXIP. I am sure I can be a great addition to any IPL team,” Cottrell went on to add.

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