Shashikanth Kushagra, Kumar Kushagra’s father, lavishes admiration on his son. Delhi Capitals paid INR 7.2 Crore for Kumar Kushagra, who had a base price of INR 20 Lakh.
The IPL 2024 Auction was held successfully on Tuesday, December 19 at the Coca-Cola Arena in Dubai, with 72 players sold to ten franchises. While some famous names in international cricket made big bucks, other uncapped Indian players made headlines as franchises spent a large chunk of their budgets to sign them.
Kumar Kushagra was one such player, who was acquired by Delhi Capitals (DC) for INR 7.2 crore after a heated bidding war with Gujarat Titans. Kushagra, who is also a wicketkeeper-batter, is from the same state as former India captain MS Dhoni.
Shashikanth, Kushagra’s father, revealed that former India captain Sourav Ganguly. Who is now the Director of Cricket at DC, was delighted with his son’s six-hitting abilities at the DC trials in Kolkata.
“During the trials, Ganguly impressed the judges with his six-hitting ability and ability to play the field. ” “His keeping skills impressed Ganguly,. He even told him that when he whips the bails, there’s a little MS Dhoni in him.” Shashikanth Kushagra reported as saying by The Indian Express.
Shashikanth further revealed that Ganguly had pledged to bid for his kid until he reached INR 10 crore. When he chosen by Delhi, he call it a “miracle day.”
Ganguly told franchise would bid for him till ₹10 crore: Shashikanth
“After the trials at Eden Gardens, Ganguly told Kushagra that he would play for the Delhi Capitals. The franchise would bid up to ten crore rupees for him. ” I predicted that he would be selected by the Capitals at the base price. I was completely numb for a few moments. Only miracles may be imagined, and today was one of those days. He felt confident since Ganguly had promised him, but I assumed he said it to encourage him,” he added.
Notably, Kushagra holds the record for being the youngest cricketer to hit 250 or more runs in a first-class match, which he accomplished against Nagaland in the Ranji Trophy 2021-22. He broke the mark held by the renowned Pakistan batter Javed Miandad. Kushagra has 140 runs at an average of 15.55 and a strike rate of 117.64 in 11 T20 matches.