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.
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.
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The IPL was halted after four players from Royal Challengers Bangalore, Sunrisers Hyderabad and Delhi Capitals tested positive.
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The 26-year-old, who is currently playing for Sussex in the County Championship, had missed the IPL due to an elbow injury that he sustained during England's tour of India.