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IPL Auction 2023: Is Nicholas Pooran worth 16 crore?

Whenever it comes to the Indian Premier League, there are players from three countries who proactively participate and showcase their valuable talent on Indian grounds. Australia, England, and West Indies are three major cricket boards that always send their players to become part of the most elite T20 cricket league in the world.

In the history of IPL, West Indies cricketers have made major contributions in terms of numbers and entertainment. It all started with Chris Gayle and his immense hard-hitting abilities. After him, there is hardly any West Indian cricket who made such a huge impact on the tournament.

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Back in 2017, Nicholas Pooran made his debut in the Indian Premier League by signing a deal with Mumbai Indians. However, he turned out to be a failure in his first year and disappeared in 2019. In 2019, Punjab Kings gave him an opportunity to make a comeback and he was associated with the franchise for two years.

After his stint with Punjab Kings, Pooran was released from the team because his performance was nowhere close to expectations. In 2022, Sunrisers Hyderabad hired the services of the wicket-keeper batsman and gave him another chance to revive his IPL career.

However, Hyderabad’s below-average performance took a hit on Nicholas Pooran and the franchise parted ways with the player.

Lucknow Super Giants bag Nicholas Pooran for 16 Crore

On Friday, 23rd December, Lucknow Super Giants won the bid for 16 Crore for the player and now Nicholas Pooran will be seen playing for Lucknow. There have been questions asked on Pooran’s worth in IPL as the price tag attached to him looks too much.

Looking at his IPL stats, Nicholas Pooran has scored 912 runs in 47 games at an average of 26.06 and a strike rate of 151.24. While playing with Hyderabad, Nicholas Pooran scored 306 runs in 14 matches at an average of 38.25 and a strike rate of 144.34.

His performance improved since the 2021 season when his strike rate was 111.84 and the average was 7.72.

In the year 2022, Nicholas Pooran was part of 23 T20 internationals and was able to score 582 runs at an average of 29.10 and a strike rate of 130.49. In international cricket, Pooran has shown signs of improvement as his average in 2021 was 25.47 and his strike rate was the same as in 2022.

Without a doubt, Nicholas Pooran is a crucial player in IPL and his improvement in the quality of cricket is the answer to it. However, the price tag of 16 Crore looks too much considering the fact that Lucknow already has a wicket-keeper batsman KL Rahul.

Pooran will be a major push in the middle order of Lucknow but he will have to go a bit extra mile to prove that he is worth the price.

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