IPL Auction 2018: Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta says 'mystery element' drew them towards Afghanistan's Mujeeb Zadran

Afghanistan's Mujeeb Zadran has some "mystery element" about him which prompted the KXIP to bid a whopping Rs 4 crore for him, said co-owner Preity Zinta.

PTI, January 28, 2018

Bengaluru: Sixteen-year old Afghanistan off-spinner Mujeeb Zadran has some "mystery element" about him which prompted the King XI Punjab (KXIP) to bid a whopping Rs 4 crore for him, said co-owner Preity Zinta.

"It was a joint effort of the coaching and scouting staff. His (Mujeeb) name was always there and he has been an interesting talent and a bit of a mystery, so we went for him," Zinta told reporters after the auction.

File image of Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta. Image credit: Twitter/@realpreityzinta

File image of Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta. Image credit: Twitter/@realpreityzinta

Asked the reason for giving hot chase for Jaydev Unadkat, who was sold for Rs 11.5 crore, Rajasthan Royals CEO Ranjit Barthakur said it was just to fill the gap of a death bowler, adding that he was the second-highest wicket-taker in the last edition of the league.

"If you look at his performance last year, he was the highest wicket-taker (sic) and in a very short career, he has hauled 100 wickets.

"We were lacking in death bowling and wanted to fill that gap. We did not go after him for any emotional reason, but to fill the gap," he said.

Updated Date: Jan 28, 2018





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