Shadab Jakati is among the six uncapped players who are being fiercely wooed by various franchises in the Indian Premier League (IPL) but the Goa spinner is unlikely to change his stripes.
With the dust over the auctions now settling down, franchises have turned their attention to the uncapped players. There are plenty of them available in the market but none the more impressive than Jakati, who had a significant role to play in Chennai Super Kings’ triumph in the IPL and the Champions League.
“I have not signed for any franchise at the moment. Hopefully you should hear from me in the next couple of days,” said the all-rounder, Goa’s most successful bowler in the Ranji Trophy.
Jakati along with Manish Pandey, R Satish, Ambati Rayudu, Siddharth Trivedi and T Suman are understood to be the leading names on several franchise’s wishlist.
“I hope we are able to add the name Jakati to our team. He is going to be a key player this season and I look forward to seeing him back in Yellow alongside Randiv and Ashwin,” said Chennai Super Kings coach, Stephen Fleming.
Fleming was pleased with the team’s acquisitions at the auctions but needs no reminding that it will be the uncapped players who will offer his team the balance that it craves.
“I have to say I am delighted with the team we have been able to put together. We made no secret of the fact we wanted to keep as many of our players as possible and if able to strengthen other areas to make us a competitive side in all conditions,” said New Zealand’s most successful and long-serving captain.
With repeated success for the past two seasons, Jakati has replaced Swapnil Asnodkar as the Goan face in the IPL. Asnodkar captured the country’s imagination hitting big shots in the inaugural edition of the IPL, but since then has struggled to match his initial success.
Jakati, on the other hand, has gone from strength to strength, and based on the strength of his showing this season, it is no surprise that Chennai are pulling out all stops to snare the genial Goan all-rounder.
Meanwhile, it is still not clear if Rajasthan Royals would offer Asnodkar a contract extension.
“I have not heard from them as yet,” admitted Asnodkar.
The Royals, for the record, have already completed the signing of Aakash Chopra, Deepak Chahar, Ashok Menaria and Dishant Yagnik, all currently playing for Rajasthan in the Ranji Trophy final. Mumbai batsman, Ajinkya Rahane, has also signed on the dotted line for the inaugural IPL champions.