Australia’s opener D’Arcy Short is buzzing with excitement with the prospect of playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) after being purchased by Rajasthan Royal (RR) for Inr 5.4 Cr. D’Arcy Short has been amazing in this year’s Big Bash T20 League and is certain to finish as tournament’s top run scorer.
Short wants to test himself on the Indian pitches after scoring 504 runs at this year’s Big Bash League. Following his BBL exploits, Short went at a high price in the IPL Auctions and has also found a place in Australia’s squad for the ongoing T20 tri-series vs New Zealand and England.
Short is looking forward to the Indian Premier League and commenting on the prospects of playing in India, Short said: “It feels great to be going to the IPL; it will be my first time to India so I am excited to learn about the people, the culture and of course playing with Rajasthan Royals.
“There will be so many great players to learn from – guys like Steve Smith, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler,”
“Batting through the middle overs has been a focus for me throughout BBL|07 and it has contributed to my big scores in the tournament. Obviously, playing in India presents different challenges. So I’ll certainly be talking to my teammates – both local and international – who have played in India and look at ways to make sure I’m batting deep into the innings.”
Short is aware of the challenge he will have to face in India and is even prepared to welcome the criticism if he fails to score big runs given the big money Rajasthan Royals have spent on him.
Short said: “The IPL is about scoring runs for the Royals and hopefully be there at the pointy end of the tournament. But does the hefty price tag bring pressure? “No, not at all.
“There’s pressure every time you play a game of professional cricket. I just really wanted the opportunity to play in the IPL. It is such a great tournament with so many great players and I’ll learn a lot from the experience.”