Shoaib Akhtar is one of the few Pakistan players to have played in the Indian Premier League. The Rawalpindi Express played for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the inaugural IPL season which happened in the year 2008. Playing for KKR, Akhtar took a four-wicket haul on debut against the Delhi Daredevils.
After IPL 2008, the Pakistan cricket team players have not played in the IPL. In a recent chat with Sportskeeda on YouTube, Akhtar was asked who would be the most expensive Pakistan player if they were allowed to be a part of the IPL Auction.
Akhtar first cheekily replied that even if he is on a wheelchair, he would get the highest bid among Pakistan players. He then added that it could be Babar Azam, who is currently the captain of the Pakistan cricket team. He estimated Babar to get a bid worth 15 to 20 crore in the IPL.
“I think me even if I am on wheelchairs. In the auction, Babar would go for 15-20 crore.”
Shoaib Akhtar says it would be great to see Babar Azam and Virat Kohli play for the same franchise in the IPL
During the same video, Shoaib added that it would be great to see the duo of Babar Azam and Virat Kohli destroy the opposition bowlers in the IPL. Many fans often compare Babar with Virat because of his great performances for Pakistan. They have never played a match together for the same team in any format of the game.
“It would be great to see Babar Azam and Virat Kohli playing together in the IPL. How nice it would be if they open the innings in the IPL one day,” Akhtar added.
It will be interesting to see if Akhtar and other cricket universe members get to witness the dream opening pair in any IPL season.