West Indies left-batsman Shimron Hetmyer was bought by Delhi Capitals (DC) for Rs 7.75 crore at the IPL 2020 auction in Kolkata on Thursday.
Hetmyer had finished the T20I series vs India with 120 runs at an average of 40 and a strike rate of 156. Before the India tour, he lit up the in the 2019 Caribbean Premier League (CPL), scoring 440 runs in 12 innings at 148.14.
He may have failed to live up to his hefty paycheque last year, having been released by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), but the Caribbean batsman has made a strong case for himself during the West Indies’ ongoing tour.
Hetmyer, who kept his base price at Rs 50 lakh for the auction, had interest from multiple franchises, which led to his price shooting 15.5 times than his minimum asking price.
After signing the explosive southpaw, DC tweeted a video where Hetmyer can be seen celebrating his big-money move with a crazy dance on a Hindi song, playing in the background.
Here’s the video:
Us: Hi, Mr. Shimron. Welcome to DC! Can you please share a message for our fans?
— Delhi Capitals (Tweeting from Home🏠) (@DelhiCapitals) December 19, 2019
Hetmyer was the sixth most expensive player who was sold in the 2020 IPL auction, behind the likes of Pat Cummins, Glenn Maxwell and Chris Morris.