The much-awaited auction for the next edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was held on Tuesday. And as expected, the auction sprung a lot of surprises. From youngster like Prabhsimran Singh earning a deal worth millions to the likes of Brendon McCullum, Manoj Tiwary, Cheteshwar Puajra, Alex Hales, Chris Jordan going unsold, the IPL auction lived up to its reputation.
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But amidst all this, one fan tried to take a dig at former Australia speedster Mitchell Johnson. However, it eventually backfired as the fan did not know the reason behind the pacer, who won the title with Mumbai Indians in 2017, going ‘unsold’.
In the last edition of the IPL, the Australian star had plied his trade for Kolkata Knight Riders. The two-time champions had secured the World Cup-winning pacer’s services for USD 314,000. However, he was not eligible for this year’s auction after bidding goodbye to all forms of the game soon after the IPL. Johnson, who had retired from international cricket in 2015, announced his retirement from domestic and franchise cricket earlier this year.
But the fan was unaware of the fact and took to Twitter to mock the left-arm pacer. The fan didn’t even realise that Johnson wasn’t even a part of the Players’ pool in the IPL 12 Auction as he wrote:
“Hey silly unsold @MitchJohnson398 ???.”
Hey silly unsold @MitchJohnson398, 😂😂😂
— Pandiyan (@Paandi_Cricket) December 18, 2018
Not the one to stay silent, Johnson soon hit back by tweeting: “Hello champion, just a reminder, I retired from all cricket earlier this year ????♂️.”
Hello champion, just a reminder, I retired from all cricket earlier this year 🍻🥴🤦🏼♂️
— Mitchell Johnson (@MitchJohnson398) December 18, 2018
Johnson recently grabbed the headlines for criticising India skipper Virat Kohli for his attitude in the second Test against Australia. The pacer was not pleased with Kohli’s conduct and spoke his mind out.
“Kohli gets away with more than most cricketers, simply because he is Virat Kohli and he gets placed on a pedestal, but this test left the Indian captain looking silly.
“Kohli has contradicted the things he said at the start of the series. He said he was a changed person – that he was coming in with a different attitude to last time and wasn’t going to initiate anything,” said Johnson.