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IPL 2021 auction: Umesh Yadav can complement Shami, he can be a good pick for Punjab Kings – Gautam Gambhir

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has said that Umesh Yadav, who was released by RCB earlier, can be a very good pick for Punjab Kings as Mohammed Shami will get someone to complement him there.

India pacers Umesh Yadav (L) and Mohammed Shami (BCCI Images)

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Gautam Gambhir said Umesh Yadav can be a good pick for Punjab Kings
  • Gambhir reckoned that there was no one at Punjab Kings to complement Shami
  • Umesh Yadav has a base price of Rs 1 crore in IPL 2021 auction

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir has said that Umesh Yadav can be a good pick for Punjab Kings (formerly known as KXIP) as the pacer would complement his India teammate Mohammed Shami in the IPL franchise.

The former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain noted that there was no Indian bowler at Punjab to complement Shami. He added that with the arrival of Umesh, KL Rahul’s team can rotate their fast bowlers and also utilise their overseas players in a better way.

“They (Punjab Kings) might have to probably strengthen their Indian bowling because apart from Mohhamed Shami there is no one who could complement him.

“Probably Umesh Yadav will be a very good pick – Mohhammed Shami and Umesh Yadav bowling with a new ball; so, they can actually rotate their fast bowlers.

“If you have got two Indian bowlers bowling with the new ball, it can actually open one gap for you from an overseas point of view.

Further, the two-time IPL-winning captain reckoned that Punjab can pick two all-rounders in Chris Morris and Kyle Jamieson

“They can have someone like Chris Morris who can bowl well in the death as well, and at the same time Kyle Jamieson so they can pick both of them, he added.

Punjab Kings have 9 slots to fill (including 5 overseas player slots) and with Rs 53.4 crore, have the highest purse going into the IPL 2021 auction which will be held in Chennai from 3 pm onwards on February 8.

Umesh Yadav has a base price of Rs 1 crore in the auction. Morris and Jamieson have a base price of Rs 75 lakh.

Also Read | IPL 2021 auction: Date, start time, venue, teams, live telecast & retained players list of IPL 14

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