New Zealand’s big-hitting opening batsman Colin Munro has made it clear that the prospect of earning a lucrative deal with one of the eight Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises is not the driving force for him and the rest of New Zealand’s cricket team’s in-form Kiwis.
After whitewashing a clueless West Indies side across formats towards the end of last year, New Zealand (the Kiwis) have also blanked Pakistan 5-0 in the just concluded ODI series. Colin Munro’s blasts alongside Martin Guptill at the top of the order have often been the catalyst for the unbeaten run of the Kiwis, which has now been extended to 12 games.
As many as 30 NZ players registered for IPL 2018 auction
The Kiwis are expected to be in high demand at the upcoming 2018 IPL auctions in Bangalore on January 27 and 28. Interestingly, as many as 30 different players from New Zealand have registered for the IPL player auction, including global T20 superstars like Martin Guptill, Trent Boult, Kane Williamson, Colin de Grandhomme, Tim Southee and Colin Munro himself.
Following a dominant home summer against the Windies and Pakistan, the Kiwi players have certainly put their hands up to be among the most in-demand players when the eight IPL franchises assemble in Bangalore later this month. Munro, who is currently the top-ranked T20 batsman in the world, played for the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL last year.
Munro, however specified that his team-mates are not focusing on IPL contracts and that it isn’t a factor in the dressing room at all, even going on to say that the players don’t even crack auction jokes when a team-mate unleashes a match-winning innings or bowling spell.
As reported by Newshub, Colin Munro said, “It’s about us just trying to play as well as we can for New Zealand. Those types of things are just the cream on the top. If you’re going out there trying to play for a deal overseas, it’s not going to work well for you in the long run.”
New Zealand’s unbeaten streak of 12 games might soon extend to 15 if they whitewash Pakistan in the upcoming three-match T20I series. If they are able to manage the feat against the struggling tourists, the Blackcaps will also stand a chance to close in on Australia’s record unbeaten run of 20 games in all formats, which they managed in 2003.
Munro, though remained skeptical about the streak and stated: “You don’t play for those sort of accolades.”
“With this group of players, it’s not about just going out there and winning. It’s getting better and better in every game and raising that bar. If we can do that, then maybe that record is in good stead,” he signed off.