Sunrisers Hyderabad did not want to buy Nicholas Pooran

Nicholas Pooran, Wicket-keeper batsmen dominated the Indian Premier League 2022 Auction (IPL 2022 Mega Auction). On one hand, Mumbai Indians bought young Indian wicket-keeper batsman Ishan Kishan for Rs 15.25 crore. So Sunrisers Hyderabad spent Rs 10.75 crore to buy West Indies wicketkeeper Nicholas Pooran.

Cricket experts were surprised that Pooran was a complete flop in the last season. And by scoring 3 consecutive half-centuries in the T20 series against the recently held Indian team, he showed that the franchise has not done anything wrong by buying him. At the same time, now Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Muttiah Muralitharan has given a big statement.

Sunrisers Hyderabad wanted to include this player in the team

In an exclusive conversation with Sportskeeda, he said,

“We initially wanted to buy Ishan Kishan. However, when they went out of our budget, we started looking at other options. Jonny Bairstow was also an option but it was not known about him whether he would be available for the whole season or not. We needed a wicket-keeper batsman who was available for the entire season. So we thought Nicholas Pooran would be the right choice after Ishan Kishan left.”

Said this about the poor form of Nicholas Pooran

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Nicholas Pooran was part of Punjab Kings in IPL 2021. Pooran, a left-handed batsman from West Indies, had a very poor performance this year. The reason for Punjab’s loss of many matches was the flop in their middle order. Despite this, Sunrisers Hyderabad put about 11 crores on Pooran. When questioned Muttiah Muralitharan about the poor form of Nicholas Pooran, he said,

“I think he will do really well for us. He got a very expensive bid in the auction and this shows that many teams wanted to take him.

West Indies’ strong wicket-keeper batsman Nicholas Pooran has played 33 matches in IPL so far. Pooran has scored only 606 runs in these matches at an average of 22.44. In the last season, Nicholas Pooran could only score 85 runs in 12 matches at an average of 7.72. Pooran was able to hit only 5 sixes and 3 fours in the entire season. Not convinced about the big bid at Nichols’ auction.