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IPL 2021 Auction: Umesh Yadav, four others in final auction list | Cricket News

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NAGPUR: Five Vidarbha players including India pacer Umesh Yadav have been included in the final list for the Indian Premier League 2021 auction, which is scheduled to be held in Chennai on February 18.
Middle order batsman Apoorv Wankhade, experienced off-spinner Akshay Wakhare, left-arm pacer Saurabh Dubey and pace bowling allrounder Nachiket Bhute are the other players included in the final list of 292 cricketers, who are set to go under the hammer. The final list was pruned from 1114—who had registered for the auction—after the eight franchises submitted their shortlist of players.
While Yadav was released by Royal Challengers Bangalore last month, another Vidarbha pacer Darshan Nalkande was retained by Kings XI Punjab. It will be Nalkande’s third year with the Punjab outfit.
It will be the fourth time Yadav would go under the hammer. He was first picked up by Delhi Capitals (Delhi Daredevils then) in 2010. In 2014, he went to Kolkata Knight Riders where he played a big part in their title triumph in the same year. KKR released him before 2018 and RCB picked him with a much higher price. He had a mixed journey with RCB in the last three years. Yadav and Hanuma Vihari are the two Indian players in the list of 11 cricketers with a base price of Rs 1 crore.
Seven Vidarbha bowlers were part of IPL-2020 as players and net bowlers. Bhute and pacer Yash Thakur went with Kings XI Punjab, while Dubey was part of the Mumbai Indians net bowlers’ team. Aditya Thakare was part of the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s development squad. Allrounder Shrikant Wagh—who was ignored for Syed Mushtaq Ali T2- Trophy and had applied for NOC from VCA—was part of the Rajasthan Royals bowling squad.
Wankhade, who was surprisingly omitted from the Vidarbha squad for Vijay Hazare Trophy, again attracted various franchise scouts. Wankhade was earlier part of Mumbai Indians squad for three years from 2013 to 2015. He was later on included in the Kolkata Knight Riders for IPL 2018. However, he didn’t get a game for both franchises. “Wankhade has been hitting the ball very well. He played good little cameos in Mushtaq Ali Trophy and showed he can hit the ball a long way. Surprisingly, he batted too low,” a franchise official, requesting anonymity, told TOI.
A total of 164 Indian players, 125 overseas players and 3 players from associate nations will be up for grabs.

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