Ravi Shastri reveals the price he would have gotten as a player in the IPL auction

India’s former head coach Ravi Shastri has claimed he would have gotten a million dollar deal had he participated in the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction as a player.

Notably, the shorter format still demands multifaceted and versatile players, and Shastri would surely have raked in a ton of money had he been part of the bidding process. One of the best all-around players to have played for India, Shastri was widely popular for his flamboyant style of cricket during his playing days.

Recently when asked what kind of money he would have fetched as a player from an auction, Shastri claimed that he would have been comfortably in the INR 15 crore bracket and also captained a franchise.

“Comfortably in the 15 crore bracket. Comfortably! And team captain. No question. It’s a no-brainer,” Shastri said ESPNCricinfo.

It is a known fact that the IPL auction has changed the lives of many cricketers. Several versatile Indians like Yuvraj Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Krishnappa Gowtham, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya have won million-dollar contracts over the years in player bidding.

Speaking of Shastri, he was an offensive hitter and left arm spinner. The Mumbaikar had made headlines when they slammed six sixes in an over against Tilak Raj of Baroda while playing for Bombay in a Ranji Trophy match.

Overall, Shastri has played 80 Tests and 150 ODIs in his international career, racking up 3,830 and 3,108 runs respectively in the two formats. The left arm also picked up a total of 280 wickets in all formats of international cricket. He is also one of the few players with 1000 runs and 100 wickets to their name in Test cricket.

Shastri started commentating after his retirement and turned out to be an absolute legend in the broadcasting industry. He was also the manager of Indian cricket before taking the role of head coach of the national team in 2017. Shastri served as head coach from 2017 to 2021. After his coaching tenure ended last year , he returned to commentary once again in the ongoing IPL 2022.

Eleanor C. William