Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar said that Kapil Dev, who led India to the 1983 World Cup triumph, would have fetched Rs 25 crore had he featured in an Indian Premier League (IPL) auction.
Gavaskar said in a TV show that he was the greatest all-rounder India has ever produced and that he had the ability to win the match with both bat and ball.
Gavaskar said Kapil's unbeaten 175 against Zimbabwe during the 1983 World Cup in England is regarded as an all-time classic and it was the greatest knock he had ever seen in One-Day Internationals.
When asked what would be Kapil’s price had he been around when the IPL auctions were held Gavaskar said that he would have been more expensive than any players of current generation and would have gone for Rs 25 crore.
Jaydev Unadkat and Varun Chakravarthy were the most expensive players (Rs. 8.4 crore) at the 2019 IPL auction held in Jaipur on Tuesday.
But Yuvraj Singh still remains to be the costliest player in the history of IPL auction when he was sold to Delhi Daredevils at a whopping sum of Rs 16 crore in 2015.