Gautam Gambhir’s “desperate KXIP selection” comments, leaves Sheldon Cottrell unfazed

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Gautam Gambhir and Sheldon Cottrell. (Image Source: Twitter)

Former Indian opener, Gautam Gambhir is renowned for his blunt honest comments and criticism, while analyzing the game during pre-match and post-match shows.


Gambhir, during the coveted IPL auctions for the 2020 season, looked at the bizarre bidding strategies, when their need for a quality fast bowler was evident.

One by one, the premier International bowlers like Pat Cummins, were being bagged by the other franchise.


According to Gambhir, Cottrell’s IPL bid of INR 8.5 crores came in desperation for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).

Cottrell managed to find himself in the top five most expensive auctions, headed by Cummins, who went to his former franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for a whopping 15.5 crores.

The Mohali-based franchise also managed to retain their marquee player from the past seasons, Glenn Maxwell.


The Australian power-hitter pouched the second-most lucrative contract in the auctions with INR 10.75 crores, after being released by Delhi Capitals (DC).

“I think Anil Kumble picked him up in desperation since they couldn’t get Chris Morris or Pat Cummins. If the demand is high and supply is low, these things happen,” Gambhir had claimed.

However, the left-arm pacer from West Indies remained unfazed during his recent interaction with Crictracker.


Further, the seamer is renowned for his exuberant march and salute celebration, apart from his utility with the white-ball.

“Did he really say that? I wasn’t aware of the comment by Gambhir. I think my work speaks for itself. I don’t know why he made that comment. I am a very lucky man to be a part of KXIP. I am sure I can be a great addition to any IPL team,” Cottrell told host Adarsh Raman on Instagram Live.

Thus far, the Jamaican has represented the Maroons in 35 ODIs and 27 T20Is where he scalped 49 and 36 wickets, respectively.


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