Mukesh Kumar Sold To DC For INR 5.5 Cr In IPL 2023 Auction

Mukesh Kumar
Mukesh Kumar(Image: BCCI)

Mukesh Kumar who went unsold in the IPL 2022 mega auction at his base price of INR 20 Lakh now entered the list of IPL 2023 Auction – top 10 expensive players after fetching INR 5.5 crores in the event.

Mukesh Kumar Sold To DC In IPL 2023 Auction

Delhi Capitals showed a huge interest in the Bihar born. The bidding battle for Mukesh, whose base price was Rs 20 lakh, was started by Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings. As soon as the bidding exceeded Rs 2 crore, Punjab Kings joined the contest.

DC persisted in their offer and was able to retain his services for Rs 5.5 crore.

“I think he deserves this. He was always a very humble boy, down to earth and so unassuming. He is special,” said Arun Lal, coach of Bengal when Kumar started making a name for himself.

“He is a special act, a genuine wicket-taker, and can change the game completely. In the red-ball format, I believe he is one of the top three bowlers in the country. He may go for runs but he will get you wickets that others can’t”, he added.

He made his first-class debut on 30 October in the 2015–16 Ranji Trophy. He made his List A debut on 13 December 2015 in the 2015–16 Vijay Hazare Trophy. He made his Twenty20 debut on 6 January 2016 in the 2015–16 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Kumar found his way to the Bengal cricket team through the trials of the Vision 2020 programme at Eden Gardens in 2014.

The opportunity came up when his father, Kashinath, moved to Kolkata and was driving a taxi for a living. Mukesh, however, didn’t join his father immediately while his father saw a different dream for his son.

He wanted Mukesh to join the army and Mukesh made two failed attempts to join the army as well. Mukesh Kumar has so far played 17 T20s and bagged 19 wickets with a best of 3/33.