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South Africa spinner Imran Tahir has admitted that he was “sad” after learning that he went unsold at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction in February.
Tahir, who is currently the top-ranked ODI and Twenty20 International bowler in the world, only had a base price of INR 50 lakh, but failed to attract any interest.
However, Tahir’s disappointment soon turned to elation after the Rising Pune Supergiants signed him as a replacement for Australia all-rounder Mitchell Marsh.
“If I say I was okay (at being unsold), I will be lying. I am human at the end of the day,” Tahir said. “I was sad when the auction happened, the last two years I have been performing. And it’s not me saying that, the stats that are saying that.
“I left my family back and came here. I can’t become more serious than that. So, if I left them, then I am here to do my job. It’s not that I am here to prove something. I wanted to be here to challenge and see as to what was the reason for me not being picked. For me, life moves on.”
In the three matches he has played thus far, the 38-year-old has already taken six wickets at an average of 13.50 and has an economy rate of 6.75.