As Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka is in red-hot form in T20Is at the moment with his stormy 56 off 22 balls and two wickets in the second T20 against host India, former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir told Star Sports that the Sri Lanka all-rounder would have fetched loads of money if the ongoing IND-SL series happened during the auctions.
“I won't have money, he would be that expensive, the way he has batted. That is what the auction is all about. Imagine if this series had happened just before the auction, some of the franchises would probably not have had the money to buy him,” said Gambhir.
In the IPL 2023 auction in December, where all-rounders were in high demand and the likes of Sam Curran, Cameron Green and Ben Stokes broke the bank with hefty bids, surprisingly Shanaka (base price ₹50 lakh) went unsold. Even as there were no buyers for him for the T20 extravaganza, he is currently the highest run-getter in the T20I series against India. In two matches, the 31-year-old has notched up 101 runs at an incredible strike rate of 206.12. Among highest wicket-takers in the series, he is at the fourth place with two wickets to his name.
Meanwhile, Sri Lanka will hope to clinch the series when they face off against India in the decider game on Saturday. After the conclusion of T20Is, the visitors will play a three-match One-Day International (ODI) series starting Tuesday, January 10.
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