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Preity Zinta led KXIP is in no mood to miss players, who can change the franchises' IPL history.
Mentored by cricket legend Virender Sehwag, the team on Saturday snapped up some important players, who have played key roles for other teams during previous seasons.
Starting with, R Ashwin, KXIP purchased the former Chennai Super Kings key spinner for Rs 7.60 crores.
They were engaged in bidding war with Rajasthan Royals, who were willing to pay Rs 5.2 crore for him.
CSK who were expected to pick up Ashwin didn’t bid at all.
Ashwin was with CSK from the inaugural edition till 2015, when the team was suspended on charges of spot fixing.
For the last two seasons, Ashwin played for now-defunct Rising Pune Super Giants.
Later, Punjab snapped up two of India's premier batters KL Rahul and Karun Nair. Both the players are in good form and performed well in the previous season.
Karun Nair, who was bought for Rs 5.60 crore, played for DD last season, whereas Rahul was part of the star-studded RCB contingent.
However, there was intense bidding for KL Rahul who lit up IPL last season. Mumbai Indians, SunRisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals initially started bidding for KL Rahul.
KXIP and SRH entered into an intense price war over Rahul, but Punjab managed to get hold of him for a whopping Rs 11 crore. RCB had the option of using RTM, but they him go.
Aaron Finch and David Miller are the other players purchased by Punjab for the XIth season.
Finch was bought for 6.2 crore, while Miller was initially bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 3 crore, but KXIP trumped them by using the RTM card.
Run-Machine Yuvraj Singh too was bought for Rs 2 crore.
KXIP current team includes, R Ashwin, David Miller, Yuvraj Singh, Karun Nair, KL Rahul, A Finch, Axar Patel