Miffed with the organisers’ last-minute decision to slash her base price at the Indian Badminton League (IBL) auction despite being listed in Icon players category, ace doubles shuttler Jwala Gutta on Wednesday said she will let her racquet do the talking.
“The minimum thing we expected was to be informed. Nevertheless, I am very happy to be part of IBL. I am very much looking forward to it. Badminton court is my territory and that’s where I will do most of my talking. I will let my racquet speak for myself,” Jwala said.
Controversy erupted after Gutta and another doubles specialist Ashwini Ponappa lashed out at the IBL for what they termed was “unfair” on them.
Commonwealth Games women’s doubles champions Jwala and Ponnappa were two of the six icon players, who went under the hammer on Monday but just hours ahead of the player’s auction, the IBL decided to reduce price from USD 50,000 (Rs 29,86,264) to USD 25,000 (14,93,125) after consultation with the six franchises. In the auction, Jwala went to Krrish Delhi Smashers at USD 31,000 (Rs 18,51,520), while Pune Pistons bagged Ashwini for the base price of USD 25,000.PTI