Shahrukh Khan admits he has his eye on IPL auction, now focused on WI series

Shahrukh Khan admits he has his eye on IPL auction, now focused on WI series

Shahrukh Khan, the powerful Tamil Nadu batter, has admitted that he is curious for the upcoming IPL auction in Bengaluru, even as he has been featured as one of India’s reserves for the T20I leg of the upcoming home series against West Indies. 

“Of course, it [thoughts about the auction] is there somewhere in my mind, but I am not going to let it affect my preparations for the next day,” Shahrukh, who is currently undergoing mandatory quarantine, told ESPNcricinfo. He was drafted into Punjab Kings’ squad for INR 5.25 crore ahead of IPL 2021, and though his opportunities with the team were limited, he has built a massive reputation in domestic cricket.

That was clearly seen to all during the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy final against Karnataka last November, where he scored an unbeaten 15-ball 33 to win his squad the championship, sealing the final with a six off the last ball. Shahrukh, who revealed that his entire family was enjoying their dinner when news of his selection for the West Indies T20Is was announced, feels he would play a similar style of cricket if picked for India during the series.

Shahrukh reveals his mindset on being featured in India squad
“Playing for India is a huge responsibility in itself, and brings with it its own pressure,” Shahrukh said. “There are some massive names in this team, and I have grown up watching them on TV. My aim – if I get the chance – would be to simply go with an open mind and enjoy my cricket, just the way I do for Tamil Nadu.
 
“If I overthink this, then I would just create more pressure on myself and stray from my natural game. My aim in every game is to go out to the middle and play freely, without worrying too much about the results and focusing on the process instead.”
Focused more on my game than the auction – Shahrukh
Shahrukh and his Tamil Nadu team-mate R Sai Kishore have both arrived at the India camp ahead of the T20Is, and are expected to be among the high-profile names among uncapped Indian players who could be in demand during the auction in Bengaluru which will feature two new franchises for the 2022 season. But Shahrukh doesn’t give much thought as to how much of an increase he might get to see from his base price, set at INR 40 lakh ahead of the auction.
 
“It depends on which set you are in, which are the names that have been brought up ahead of you, what specific things are teams looking for at that point, and what their available purse is,” he said. “Rather than worrying about such things, I am just focused on how I can keep my mind fresh and concentrate on my cricket.”

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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