Nicholas Pooran, a West Indies batter, was one of the players who struck gold during the Indian T20 League 2023 auction. After Pooran was acquired by Lucknow for a whopping price of Rs 16 crores, former Caribbean batter Chris Gayle congratulated the left-handed batter in his manner while speaking to CricketNext.
“Nicholas Pooran owes me some money. Right now, I need to get paid. He is rich now, so now he needs to pay me (laughs). But I’m really happy for him that he has been picked for such a big sum. It’s fantastic. Pooran is going to a place where Andy Flower has worked with him, KL Rahul has been a part of Punjab Kings. They know what his capabilities are,” JioCinema Expert Gayle told to CricketNext.
When asked about Jason Holder, who Rajasthan signed for Rs 5.75 Cr, Gayle responded that he thought the all-rounder would receive more money. “It’s good for Jason (Holder) as well. We all knew Holder was going to get picked. I was looking that he would be picked for a bit higher. But for me, surprising point for me was seeing Odean Smith going for base price. I think he deserved more,” he said.
He might not get much of a playing time: Chris Gayle on Phil Salt
After purchasing Phil Salt for Rs 2 Cr, Delhi scored a great deal. Regarding him, the former West Indies batter insisted that, given the type of XI that DC have, he might not get a spot in the final XI.
“Yeah, he is a steal for DC. But playing for DC, he might not get much of a playing time because of the line-up they have. It would be a tricky for him. But it’s good for him to be a part of the IPL. I have seen him and I know his capabilities and whenever, he gets a chance, he will deliver,” Gayle said.