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IPL Auction 2015: ‘K C Cariappa found outstanding for Kolkata Knight Riders, so paid Rs 2.4 cr’

Kolkata Knight Riders CEO and Managing Director Venky Mysore today said the team management decided to give a shot to K C Cariappa...

By: | Bengaluru | Updated: February 17, 2015 11:20 AM
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IPL Auction 2015: Shah Rukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders set tongues wagging by paying an astronomical Rs 2.4 crore for newcomer K C Cariappa. (In photo: Mumbai Indians owner Neeta Ambani and Kings XI Punjab co-owner Preity Zinta arrive to take part in the IPL player auction Season 8, in Bengaluru on Monday).

Owner Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan’s Kolkata Knight Riders CEO and Managing Director Venky Mysore today said the team management decided to give a shot to K C Cariappa, who fetched a price tag of Rs 2.4 crore at IPL Auction 2015, after top players including Jacques Kallis found him extremely talented in one of their training camps – Yuvraj Singh emerged top of the list at Rs 16 crore and is set to play for Delhi Daredevils.

“Some of the top players that we have including the legendary Kallis found him ( K C Cariappa) to be very unusual and extremely good, and we decided to give him a shot,” he told reporters here.

“The auction dynamics are such that the pricing is not in any one’s control, but we were in a position to get him. He has got an opportunity. Lets see, how it pans out,” he added.

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Asked was it a gamble to have bought Cariappa, a player who does not even have first class experience to boast of, Mysore said, “The same question was asked when Sunil Narine was picked by us in 2012 and we were fortunate to have got him. Hope Cariappa does the same, but we are happy to have him in the side.”

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Royal Challengers Bangalore owner Vijay Mallya arrives to take part at the IPL Season 8 auction in Bengaluru on Monday. PTI

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