The Indian Premier League 2022 mega auction was concluded on Sunday. Many franchises made satisfying purchases, including the Delhi Capitals as claimed by coach Pravin Amre, who said that they "are quite pleased with our buys. We have a good bank of Indian fast bowlers," on Sunday. However, some players had to leave the auction venue disappointed. The most notable one is veteran spinner Amit Mishra, who went unsold in the two-day event.
The former Indian spinner has been an important part of the Delhi Capitals. Despite that fact, he had to take the bitter pill this year as apparently, no team wanted to have him in the squad. However, following the conclusion of the mega auction, Delhi Capitals owner Parth Jindal offered him a place in the team as a tribute to his contribution.
"To one of the IPL greats Amit we at Delhi Capitals would like to salute everything you have done for us over all these years and would love to have you back at DC in whatever capacity you see fit as your insights would be most valuable. Mishy bhai DC is yours for life," Jindal wrote on Twitter.
Amit Mishra is one of the few players that have appeared in over 150 IPL matches since he made his maiden appearance 15 years ago. He has scalped 166 wickets from 154 IPL matches with a strike rate of 19.50. He currently holds the third-highest number of wickets taken in the league.
Capitals 'pleased' with their purchase
Delhi Capitals coach Amre said on Sunday his side was "quite pleased with our buys. We have a good bank of Indian fast bowlers". He also explained that his team's strategy for the current rendition of the IPL "is to back Indian bowlers".
"Because with [Anrich] Nortje in our squad, we can use various other combinations," Amre said. "We will get these options of combinations with a left-arm seamer like Chetan Sakariya and Khaleel Ahmed."
Delhi Capitals acquired Ahmed for R5.25 crore in the auction. They also bought Sakariya for Rs 4.20 crore. Additionally, India batsman Mandeep Singh was bought for Rs 1.10 crore. Ahmed had previously played for the side in the 2016 2017 seasons. Also joining the team after the action was Shardul Thakur, who became the most expensive player bought by the team at Rs 10.75 crore.
"Sakariya is a very exciting talent. He had a tremendous IPL season the last time, and we were expecting Sakariya's price to be higher," added the DC assistant coach. "And, Khaleel is a player who was with us in the past, so we know him. He has also been performing well in T20 cricket for the past three years. So with the Indian pacers, we can use various combinations."
The Delhi Capitals squad after the auction comprises the followings:
David Warner, Prithvi Shaw, Mitchell Marsh, Rishabh Pant, Sarfaraz Khan, KS Bharat, Mandeep Singh, Axar Patel, Shardul Thakur, Kuldeep Yadav, Anrich Nortje, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya, Khaleel Ahmed, Ashwin Hebbar, Ripal Patel, Yash Dhull, Vicky Ostwal, Lungi Ngidi, Tim Seifert, Praveen Dubey, Rovman Powell, and Lalit Yadav.