Rajasthan’s left-arm quick, Khaleel Ahmed, has been bought by DC at the IPL players’ auction. Capitals placed the highest bid for Khaleel at 5.25 crores. The 24-year-old pacer was a part of Sunrisers Hyderabad till 2021 but was released before IPL 2022. Delhi Capitals will be the second team for which Khaleel will play in the IPL. In 24 IPL games, Khaleel has 32 wickets to his name at an average of approximately 25.
IPL Auction 2022: Khaleel Ahmed
Syed Khaleel Ahmed made his IPL debut in 2018 for SRH. After a phenomenal season with Hyderabad, he was selected for the Indian national team. The Indian team was struggling to find a genuine left-arm pacer and Khaleel emerged as an ideal option. However, he could not leave a mark at the international level and was dropped from India’s scheme of things in 2019. His performances in the IPL, too, took a beating and he lost his position in the SRH’s XI as well. He was a part of SRH till 2021 but never featured in the starting XI continuously.
After going through a poor patch, Khaleel wouldn’t have expected this amount at the auction. But DC have indicated that they are eager to go after left-arm pacers. As of now, they have Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, and Khaleel as their left-arm pacers. Khaleel would hope he gets more game time at Delhi Capitals.
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At the auction, Khaleel almost went unsold. Just before being declared unsold, Mumbai Indians lifted their auction baton. DC joined Mumbai Indians in the race to buy Khaleel and after a fierce bidding war between the teams, Khaleel was eventually bought by DC. The Capitals would hope their investment in the left-arm pacer pays off.
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