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Gautam Gambhir reckons that Umesh Yadav should have fetched much more than he eventually did in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 auction.

Former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir reckons that Umesh Yadav should have fetched much more than he eventually did in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 auction. He was picked up by the Delhi Capitals (DC) at a base price of INR 1 crore.

Umesh Yadav, who was released by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) ahead of the IPL 2021 auction, has experience of 121 matches in the IPL in which he has picked up 119 wickets at an economy rate of 8.51.

Gambhir was a tad bemused after no other team apart from DC showed interest in Umesh, who can be a tough nut to crack in full flow. He also stated that the veteran pacer is a valuable addition for Shreyas Iyer and Co.

“Umesh Yadav, I was absolutely shocked when he went for Rs 1 crore, there are not many fast bowlers who can bowl 135-140. Yes, he can be a little hot and cold, but when he is hot he can be very hot, but then not many teams went for him,” Gambhir said on Star Sports.

“It was a great buy for Delhi because Delhi wanted someone like Umesh Yadav with that kind of an experience because Ishant Sharma is not fit, they had to bowl someone like Tushar Deshpande, where there was not enough experience. Now they have got Umesh Yadav, so hopefully, he can do well for them,” he added.

During IPL 2020 in the UAE, Umesh Yadav played just 2 matches and conceded 83 runs from seven overs at an economy rate of 11.85. He was the most expensive bowler for the Challengers in the tournament.

As far as DC are concerned, the franchise also acquired the services of Tom Curran, Sam Billings, and Steve Smith, among other big names for the upcoming IPL season.

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