In a dramatic turn of events during the IPL 2024 auction in Dubai, the Punjab Kings found themselves in the spotlight for an unexpected bidding blunder. The franchise mistakenly bid for the wrong player, Shashank Singh from Chhattisgarh, in what turned out to be a comical yet perplexing episode.
During the accelerated round of the auction, co-owner Preity Zinta was caught in an exchange with her entourage before hurriedly raising the paddle for 32-year-old Shashank Singh. However, the mistake only surfaced after the auctioneer, Mallika Sagar, swiftly moved on to the next set of players. The realization struck the Kings that they had bid for the wrong Shashank Singh.
The accelerated auction, known for its rapid pace, added to the intensity of the moment. With most franchises finalizing their squads, the error stood out as a unique and unexpected twist.
Ness Wadia, another owner of the franchise, expressed displeasure at the mishap, but the auctioneer remained firm on the outcome. In the aftermath, the Kings issued a clarification, stating that the confusion arose due to two players with the same name on the list. The franchise affirmed that Shashank Singh was always on their target list, expressing delight at having him on board.
The incident added a touch of humor and surprise to the IPL 2024 auction, leaving fans and cricket enthusiasts buzzing with excitement over the curious case of Shashank Singh and the Punjab Kings’ bid gone wrong.