IPL 2017: Virender Sehwag slams Gautam Gambhir for undermining Ishant Sharma’s worth

Sudipta Biswas
Ishant Sharma was included by Kings XI Punjab as replacement for injured Murali Vijay

Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir were arguably the most brutal opening pair for the Indian side. Sehwag, who never leaves an opportunity to mock anyone, has now taken a dig at his former opening partner. As the Indian Premier League 2017 commenced, the right –handed batsman slammed his former teammate Gambhir for undermining fast bowler Ishant Sharma’s worth in IPL.

The fight between these two Indian stars started after Indian bowler Ishant Sharma went unsold in the IPL 2017 auctions. The lanky pacer, later, found a team as Kings XI Punjab replaced injured batsman Murali Vijay with him.

Sehwag, who is a mentor of the Kings XI Punjab franchise, was asked about Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir’ comment on Ishant Sharma. Gambhir had earlier said, “Nobody will pay Rs 2 crore for 4 overs. I am surprised to see Ishant’s base price.” On this Sehwag in his, all time hilarious and sarcastic manner replied, “Tell me one thing, who pays your Rs 12 crore for playing 60 balls then?” Also read: MS Dhoni reprimanded for breach of IPL Code of Conduct

Ishant, in the last season, played for Rising Pune Supergiant. His base price for IPL 10’s auction was Rs. 2 crore. But, the reliable Indian pacer went unsold in the auction while England all-rounder Ben Stokes was bought by Rising Pune Supergiant for whopping Rs. 14.5 crore and his teammate Tymal Mills, went for to RCB for Rs 12 crore.

The Kings XI Punjab will now begin their IPL 10 campaign against Rising Pune Supergiant in Indore from April 8. RPS have already registered an empathic victory against Mumbai Indians in their opening game on Thursday. The home team defeated Mumbai by seven wickets, courtesy skipper Steve Smith’s 84. Also read: IPL 2017: Gautam Gambhir rues in-form Umesh Yadav’s absence

The 10th edition of IPL commenced with a thriller as Sunrisers Hyderabad defeated Royal Challenges Bangalore by 35 runs.  Yuvraj Singh’s 62 off 27 balls set the stage for another season of rollicking IPL.