In what can be termed as one of the bargain buys of the IPL 2018 Auction, the Delhi Daredevils managed to buy New Zealand opening batsman Colin Munro for a price of Rs. 1.9 crores and secured a player who is well and truly capable of taking the game away from any opposition on his day.
Colin Munro, who played for the Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2017, went into the auction with a base price of Rs. 50 lakhs and was expected to generate a bidding war among the eight IPL franchises given his form in limited-overs cricket over the past one year. The Nita Ambani-led Mumbai Indians opened the bidding for the Kiwi dasher and were soon joined in by eventual buyers Delhi Daredevils.
The defending champions Mumbai Indians withdrew their interest when Colin Munro’s price rocketed above a crore and in came the reinstated Rajasthan Royals who sensed their opportunity at grabbing up a destructive opener for their second innings in the IPL. But the Delhi Daredevils were determined to get their man, with new head coach Ricky Ponting looking hell bent on signing Colin Munro.
After a further eight rounds of bidding between the Royals and the Daredevils, it the was the Delhi based franchise who finally had their man at the auction, with auctioneer Richard Madley confirming the same.
Colin Munro is one of the hardest hitters of the cricket ball going around in world cricket at present and had his fair share of moments while playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders last year. While his Blackcaps opening partner Martin Guptill remained unsold at the auction, Munro will soon be joining up his new teammates at the Delhi Daredevils in April and May this year.
Delhi Daredevils, the perennial IPL strugglers, have also brought in players like Jason Roy, Glenn Maxwell, Kagiso Rabada, Mohammad Shami, Amit Mishra and veteran Gautam Gambhir at the current auction to go with the retained Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer and Chris Morris.