It is the day 2 of 2022 IPL mega auction and Rahane has been already sold to KKR for INR 1 crore. It is astounding that no other franchise showed interest in him. Also, Delhi Capitals bought Mandeep Singh for INR 1.1 crore. Lucknow was the very first franchise to bid on him at INR 50 lakhs. But Delhi was leading and eventually bought the player at a great deal. Some enthusiastic players like Eion Morgan and Cheteshwar Pujara went unsold this time. On that note, let’s check out IPL Auction 2022- Bidding war for Liam Livingstone is over now:
IPL Auction 2022- All-rounder Liam Livingstone sold to PBKS for INR 11.50 crores
First player among all-rounders was Liam Livingstone. KKR was the first one to bid on him joined by CSK. Later, Punjab also entered the bidding war but KKR was still in lead at INR 5.25 crore. Gujarat franchise also entered at INR 7 crore. Punjab raised the bid at INR 10.50 crore. The Sunrisers made it to INR 10.75 crore and then Punjab took it to 11 crores. The Sunrisers did not stop there and raised the bid to 11.25 crore but eventually Punjab bought the all-rounder for 11.50 crore.
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Liam Livingstone’s Performance in IPL
A perfect package for the shorter formats, his selection by the Rajasthan Royals at the 2019 auctions was touted to be a really smart buy. Livingstone was thrown into the mix against Mumbai Indians in front of a packed crowd at Wankhede. The all-rounder was given the ball in the eighth over by Rahane in a bid to apply the brakes as Mumbai were off to a rollicking start. But Livingstone was taken for the cleaners by de Kock – carting him for two sixes in what turned out to be his only over. The Englishman couldn’t contribute with the bat too with Krunal prising him out with an armer.
With Ben Stokes back in the RR set-up, Livingstone was left out and he made his comeback into the team against SRH. He opened the batting with Rahane and showed the world that he has the repertoire to thrill and entertain. Therefore, the all-rounder blazed away for a 26-ball 44 and gave an electrifying start for RR. Liam Livingstone was bought by Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2021 auction for Rs 50 lakh. However, the England star returned home from India after playing just 4 matches, citing bio-bubble fatigue.