Once again during the IPL auction, Preity Zinta co-owned Kings XI Punjab was found busy in shopping. The franchise went all out to get hold of some young Indian talents, most notably Varun Chakravarthy and Prabh Simran Singh, who were bought for Rs. 8.4 crore and Rs. 1.5 crore respectively.
There has been a lot of debate in the cricketing fraternity regarding the whopping price KXIP paid for an uncapped player like Chakravarthy, but the team’s co-owner has backed the Tamil Nadu spinner.
Preity reckons that Varun will be a great backup option to mainstream spinners like Ravichandran Ashwin and Mujeeb Ur Rahman, and can be a great prospect for them in the long run.
“Varun is an underexposed mystery bowler along with being a back-up spinner who will add value to the team. Kings XI Punjab has always wanted to give chance to untested talent and Varun is a long term investment for us,” Preity said as quoted in Hindustan Times.
She also added that with the new head coach Mike Hesson to guide Varun will help him contribute profusely to the team. “I feel that with guidance from coach Mike Hesson, he (Varun) will be able to hone his capabilities and contribute to team’s success,” the Bollywood actress added.
Preity is also pretty confident with the choices the franchise made in the auction and reckons they filled all the necessary gaps to create a balanced side.
“We opted a thought through strategy for the 2019 Indian Premier League auctions. We wanted to pick up players that could fill in the missing gaps and create a remarkable team line-up. I believe that we have a balanced side now with a lot of good options in our kitty in case of requirements during the season,” she further added.