‘Bhangra hour in Amritsar’: Harbhajan Singh exults as Abhishek Sharma is enlisted by SRH in IPL 2022 mega auction

Harbhajan Singh exults as Abhishek Sharma is roped in by Sunrisers Hyderabad ahead of Indian Premier League 2022.

The first day of the mega auction ahead of the 15th Indian Premier League (IPL) season is in full swing, with all 10 franchises neck and neck with the bidding battles between them.

As for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) side, the ‘Orange Army’ have opted to buy back as many players as possible from their previous seasons as evidenced by their purchases so far.

Joining Priyam Garg, Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and T Natarajan, the all-rounder from Punjab – Abhishek Sharma has also been signed up by the franchise at INR 6.50 Crore. Sharma’s bid started at a base price of INR 20 Lakh, and his acquisition involved an intense battle between Punjab Kings (PBKS), future debutants Gujarat Titans and SRH.

Harbhajan Singh exults as Abhishek Sharma is roped in by SRH

Former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, also from Punjab, has expressed his happiness for Abhishek Sharma as he returns to the franchise he has played for since the 2019 season.

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The versatile 21-year-old Southpaw has been a wonderful addition to the SRH, for someone who can spin the left arm within reach, yet can land big shots just high at the opening lunge, or else lower in the command. He did, however, enjoy decent batting success in the top spot for his Punjab national team.

Sharma, who played the previous three seasons for SRH at just INR 55 Lakh, was an important part of India’s U19 World Cup squad, which won the title in 2018 under manager Prithvi Shaw.

He was bought by the Delhi Daredevils at INR 55 Lakh in the 2018 auction but was traded to SRH after the season, having served for them ever since.