The Indian Premier League (IPL) auction is right around the corner and many international players are expected to register their names for the biggest T20 competition in the world. Prior to the auction, the ten franchises declared the list of players they have retained and released.
Kane Williamson, Dwayne Bravo, Nicholas Pooran, and Mayank Agarwal were some of the big names released by their teams. Whereas players like Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Cameron Green, and Joe Root are expected to land themselves a contract after going under the hammer.
The Former English test captain, Joe Root is also anticipating recording his name for the IPL auction. Surprisingly, the right-handed batter has not appeared for a single franchise so far, but in all affability, he is looking forward to participating in the 16th edition of IPL before the 2023 Cricket World Cup.
IPL Can Benefit Me Before the ODI World Cup Next Year: Joe Root
Root has Demonstrated that he is intensely thinking about entering the upcoming IPL 2023 auction in order to gain exposure from playing in the world’s greatest T20 roadshow.
While speaking to Daily Mail, Root revealed, “I would certainly debate going into the IPL draw quite seriously and hope to get exposure in that tournament. It would be great to get involved in the continuous enormity of each game and how much it means.”
Furthermore, the English batter also pointed out that he is not considering playing in fewer game forms and that he has no current ideas or sentiments about retiring or slowing down. Root also claimed that because he was always rested, he felt estranged from the T20 format.
“I have no thoughts or feelings of retirement or slowing down or playing fewer formats. If anything, I feel a little bit more freedom with my time. I always used to get rested for the T20s and I feel like I got alienated from the format because I had not played enough of it. You can feel like you are getting left behind a little bit. Now, the next couple of years might be a good time to explore playing a little bit more of that format and see how far I can take that side of my game,” he further added.
From a long-term vision, the 31-year-old also mentioned that playing shorter formats, such as IPL, would benefit him to gain the required exposure as he is also focusing to be a part of England’s squad in World Cup 2023, which would also be held in India.
Lastly, he said, “That is especially valid because of how we are trying to play now as a Test team. Looking at the game through a T20 lens, will that benefit my Test cricket? With a 50-over World Cup next year, there are areas of my game that can benefit from playing more short-form cricket. When am I going to play some white-ball cricket if I don’t go out and search it out domestically?”
The IPL mini-auction is all set to take place in Kochi on December 23rd and a complete list of players participating in the auction would be announced soon.