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Who is Prashant Solanki? All you need to know about CSK’s surprise 1.2 crore signing

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Prashant Solanki

Prashant Solanki received his maiden IPL contract from defending champions Chennai Super Kings at the IPL 2022 Mega Auction. The auction which happened last weekend saw 600 names go under the hammer, and from them, the franchises signed 204 players. One of them was Prashant, for whom the Chennai Super Kings bid INR 1.2 Crore.

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Not many fans would know him, but he is an uncapped right-arm leg-spin bowler from Mumbai. He was born on February 22, 2000. Solanki is primarily a leg-spinner, who also bats right-handed.

Cricbuzz has stated in his bio that he varies his pace and also bowls a good googly which can trouble the batters. Since Solanki has not played in the IPL, he will be like a mystery for some teams. Also, if the IPL happens as per the away-home format, then Solanki can enjoy bowling at the spin-friendly conditions in Chennai.

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If the IPL happens in Mumbai, Prashant Solanki will be at home, having played so many games in Mumbai. Thus, the Chennai Super Kings have made a wise call by shelling out INR 1.2 crore for the 21-year-old leg-spinner.

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Prashant Solanki received interest from the Rajasthan Royals also at the IPL 2022 Mega Auction

Solanki entered the IPL 2022 Mega Auction with a base price of INR 20 lakh. There was an intense bidding war between the inaugural IPL finalists Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals to sign the youngster. Eventually, CSK emerged victorious with a winning bid of INR 1.2 crore.

Fans should note that Solanki has played only nine List-A matches and one T20 match in his domestic career. He was included in Mumbai’s squad for the recently-concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. However, he missed the tournament after testing positive for COVID-19. It will be exciting to see how Solanki performs for the Chennai Super Kings team.