A funny incident happened yesterday in the IPL auction. The incident surrounding the auction of the player, India’s 32-year-old batting all-rounder Shashank Singh, however, is embarrassing.
Shashank was bought at the auction for his base price of Rs 20 lakh by Bollywood actress Preity Zinta’s franchise Punjab Kings. But after the purchase, Punjab Kings owner Preeti and Ness Wadia felt that they bought Shashank by mistake. But there was no time or opportunity for ‘redemption’ or freedom from mistakes. The auctioneer informed that there is no opportunity to do anything about the auction after the sale of the hammer.
After controversy and trolls since yesterday, Punjab has explained the purchase of Shashank. Their explanation, the mistake was actually wrong! That is, they already had a plan to buy Shashank!
“Punjab Kings would like to make it clear that Shashank Singh has always been on our target list. The doubt is created here due to the presence of two players with the same name in the list. We are very happy to have him in the team, we can clearly see that he will contribute to our success’ – Punjab Kings wrote in a statement.
However, the explanation cannot be completely ruled out. Because in the list of players for IPL auction, there are two players named Shashank Singh. One was bought by Punjab Kings, the other remained unsold. He also has a base price of 20 lakhs, he is also an all-rounder.
Franchise CEO Satish Menon’s statement was also posted by Punjab on their X (formerly Twitter) account, ‘The doubt has arisen as two players with the same name are in the IPL auction list. I am happy to announce that we have roped in the right Shashank Singh.’
That ‘proper’ Shashank, however, seems to have come to terms with the embarrassment of yesterday’s auction. Sharing Punjab’s statement on his X (formerly Twitter) account, Shashank wrote, ‘No problem. Thank you for trusting me.’