Avesh Khan. (Photo Source: Twitter/Indian Premier League)
Avesh Khan. (Photo Source: Twitter/Indian Premier League)

Avesh Khan hasn’t put a foot wrong since the start of last year’s IPL. He ended the tournament for Delhi Capitals with 14 wickets in 16 matches at an impressive economy rate of 7.37.

The 25-year-old Avesh Khan put up an impressive bowling display in IPL 2021, leading to Lucknow Super Giants splurging a colossal sum of 10 crore to buy him. In the recent two-day IPL 2022 Auction in Bengaluru, the pacer became the most expensive uncapped cricketer in the history of IPL auctions.

India need to develop a core nucleus that will play for them in the upcoming T20I World Cup 2022. The Rohit Sharma-led Indian unit starts its preparations to find the right team combination for the three-match T20I series versus the West Indies. India won the opening T20I against Kieron Pollard & Co on Wednesday in their first shortest format assignment of the year.

Avesh Khan
Avesh Khan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Avesh Khan Wants To Represent India Against West Indies After Being Most Expensive Unacapped Cricketer In IPL Auction History

With an India debut knocking on the doors, Avesh Khan is going through a terrific phase. He has also put his hand up for a place in India’s bowling contingent for this year’s T20 World Cup in Australia.

“I’m looking at the West Indies as an opportunity. Obviously, representing the country is every cricketer’s dream. Any young player takes up the sport so that he can represent India one day. I have got that chance… I want to grab that opportunity and help the team win matches with my performances,” Avesh Khan told veteran sports journalist Boria Majumdar.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)

“Obviously because World Cup is a big stage. After breaking into the national side, every player aims of playing the World Cup and help India win the trophy. It’s been at the back of my mind. I want to help India win the World Cup,” he further added.

The opening puzzle and middle-order dilemma will be on the to-do list of Rahul Dravid but the Indian team also needs to sort out its bowling strategies. If the team management decides to give opportunities to new faces in the build-up to the T20 World Cup, fans might see Avesh Khan in the bowling mix in the next 2 T20Is.

Avesh Khan is a part of India’s T20I squad that has been announced for the series against the West Indies. He might be given his debut cap in the 2nd T20I in Kolkata. Apart from him, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are the other seamers who are a part of the squad.

It will be interesting to see if Team India opt to go with the same bowling combination in the 2nd T20I. Mohammed Siraj and Avesh Khan are waiting in the wings if the team management wants to add a little more pace to the attack.

Avesh Khan Expected To Fetch At Least INR 7 Crores In IPL 2022 Auctions But The Uncapped Pacer Was Picked By Lucknow For INR 10 Crores

Despite a fruitful IPL 2021 season where he finished as the league’s second-highest wicket-taker, Avesh Khan was not retained by star studded Delhi Capitals and it was Lucknow Super Giants who eventually won the race for signing him up. Avesh Khan’s name was due in the uncapped category, towards the fag end of the opening day of the auction. He admitted that he was expecting to fetch a minimum of 7 crore at the event.

“I was on the flight at that time and I had expected I would get at least 7 crore. But since I was on the flight and couldn’t watch the auction live, I was feeling a bit nervous thinking which team would pick me and for how much. Upon landing when I got to know that Lucknow bought me for 10 crore, I froze for five seconds,” he told Sportskeeda in an interview.

Avesh Khan had been instrumental in Delhi Capitals’ early success in IPL 2021. Image: BCCI
Avesh Khan had been instrumental in Delhi Capitals’ early success in IPL 2021. Image: BCCI

Lucknow’s work at the auction table also saw the newbies adding Quinton de Kock (INR 6.75 Crore), Jason Holder (INR 8.75 Crore), Deepak Hooda (INR 5.75 Crore), Krunal Pandya (INR 8.25 Crore), Manish Pandey (INR 4.60 Crore) and Mark Wood (INR 7.50 Crore) to their squad.