IPL Auction 2022: Liam Livingstone turned out to be the sensation in the first round of the auction on day two, while fellow Englishmen Dawid Malan, Eoin Morgan and Chris Jordan all drew blanks. Punjab Kings triumphed in a fierce bidding, bagging the 28-year-old all-rounder for Rs 11.50 crore.
Livingstone hit 27 sixes at The Hundred last year, including 10 in one game. Playing for the Birmingham Pheonix, he finished the competition as the most rusher (348). Livingstone is also a pretty useful spinner, who can spin the ball both ways. Punjab clearly saw him as an all-rounder, a turning option in mid-overs.
It was a fierce bidding, initially between the Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings before the Punjab and Gujarat Titans joined. Sunrisers Hyderabad jumped to Rs 10 crore but Punjab was determined and had the last laugh.
— Kings of Punjab (@PunjabKingsIPL) February 13, 2022
There is apparently a paradox in Livingstone’s cricket, in terms of acceptance. The English cricket hierarchy considers it good enough only for the shorter formats. Previous England cricketers, on the other hand, believe he has the mettle to play in any format.
“If he (Livingstone) can take on the bowlers that he has taken on in the cricket franchise around the world and they do well, then there is no reason why he can’t change his mindset a bit and adapt. to Test cricket,” former England captain Kevin Pietersen wrote for Betway, as Joe Root’s side were getting hammered in the Ashes. Another former England captain, Michael Vaughan, tweeted saying that Livingstone should have been part of the Ashes team.
Livingstone’s T20I strike rate is 158.33, but the Lancaster, a Blackburn Rovers supporter, also have seven first-class hundred.
After the Ashes debacle, when the English cricket management went on a reset, dropping legendary fast bowling duo James Anderson and Stuart Broad in the wake of a batting collapse in Australia, they did not include Livingstone in the test squad for the West Indies. excursion.
English cricket might still have some reservations about Livingston’s all-round talent, but today’s IPL auction showed he was rated very highly by Indian franchises, making him the most expensive foreign team in the auction so far.
West Indies fast bowler Odean Smith and South African speedster Marco Jansen both made good money, thanks to their recent exploits against India. While Punjab tied Smith for Rs6 crore, SRH spent Rs4.2 crore for Jansen.