With 49 wickets to his name, Rishi Dhawan was the highest wicket-taker this Ranji Trophy season and yet, he was not named in the Rest of India squad for Irani Cup. A week later, on Thursday, brought him a pleasant surprise.
The Himachal Pradesh fast bowler became the second most expensive uncapped player when Kings XI Punjab bought him for Rs 3crore. Dhawan said was glad.
"I was watching the auction with my family on TV. I was expecting a decent price but not this much. I am happy," he said.
Apart from a good Ranji season, the 23-year-old fast bowler impressed with his all-round show, He had a good IPL and Champions League season with the Mumbai Indians. "It is because of my performance in Ranji and IPL that I am being noticed," he said.
Dhawan has already been a part of KXIP and is keen to use this opportunity. "I am excited to be a part of KXIP again. I would give my 100 per cent to the team, which is like my home team," he said.
As of now, Dhawan plans to keep things simple. "I have to play Corporate Trophy followed by Ranji One Dayers. After that, I will plan for T20 and work on improving my game," he said.