Punjab Kings mistakenly buy Shashank Singh at IPL 2024 Auction. The proprietors of the Punjab Kings attempted to re-enter Shashank into the auction, but auction rules barred such reversals after the gavel fell.
During the 2024 IPL Auction, Punjab Kings were involved in a mix-up that resulted in the unintentional acquisition of Shashank Singh. When Shashank’s name was called out during the expedited bidding phase, the auctioneer Mallika Sagar began the bid. The uncapped 32-year-old from Chattisgarh, who recently played for Sunrisers Hyderabad, went unsold in the previous auction.
The Punjab Kings, who were the lone bidders for Shashank, had inadvertently secured his services in Dubai. However, moments after the hammer fell, team owners Ness Wadia and Preity Zinta recognized their error. Revealing they had misidentified Shashank with another athlete. Despite their efforts to correct the blunder, Mallika Sagar maintained that once the hammer falls, the ruling is final.
Wadia and Zinta attempted to re-enter Shashank into the auction, but auction rules barred such reversals after the gavel fell. Shashank has played 55 T20 matches, scoring 724 runs with a strike rate of 135.83 and taking 15 wickets. Meanwhile, Harshal Patel was the team’s most expensive addition, costing INR 11.75 crore.
Suhail Chandok, and Mike Hesson questioned Punjab Kings conduct
This one-of-a-kind episode put Punjab Kings in a position. As they were unable to reverse their unintentional acquisition. Exemplifying the strict standards that govern IPL auctions even in the face of mismatched identities. During a program on Jio Cinema, anchor Suhail Chandok expressed his displeasure. Adding that the franchise seems unsure about how to handle the matter. “We don’t see that in the auction if you are clear with your plans,” he went on to say.
Mike Hesson, an expert on the show, commented on Punjab’s auction performance, saying, “Not sure what Punjab achieved from this IPL auction.” They have plenty of backups but not much substance.”