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Will Corey Anderson be prize catch at IPL auction?

Friday, 3 January 2014 - 8:37am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: DNA
Franchisees say New Zealander's stock has gone up after record-breaking ton but he may not be most sought after.

New Zealand’s Corey Anderson has sent strong signals to the Indian Premium League (IPL) team owners with his world-record 36-ball century in ODIs on Wednesday. Having started the new year on a blistering note, the 23-year-old may be looked at as a hot property when the IPL auction will be held on February 12.

The all-rounder from Christchurch has timed it right. Of course, his 47-ball 131 not out in Queenstown against the West Indies did get noticed by the IPL franchisees. But he need not necessarily be selling like a hot cake when the players go under the hammer.

Brijesh Patel, cricket operations, Royal Challengers Bangalore, told dna on Thursday that Anderson’s performance will “definitely count”.

“He just got the fastest ODI hundred, let’s see how things turn out. We have to see the combination that we require. Of course, his value will go up just like how Glenn Maxwell’s (the million-dollar Mumbai Indians all-rounder) did last year. Anderson’s record hundred has come at the right time,” Patel said.

An official with one of the franchisees not wanting to be named said that the IPL teams did look at “these sort of things”.

“Everybody is looking at who can do what. But with Big Bash League (Australia’s domestic T20 tournament) going on, teams will be looking at that also.

“I don’t think one knock will make much difference. People will look at the overall picture and how one can last because playing in Indian conditions is different from playing in New Zealand,” he said.

Another official with another IPL team said that “Anderson’s value would definitely go up in the auction”. He said that it was too early to comment about Anderson and added “he will definitely be in the scheme of things”.

However, former India stumper Vijay Dahiya put things in perspective when asked if the franchises would fight it out for the Kiwi all-rounder.

“Not really,” he said. “Am saying not in my IPL capacity (Dahiya is the assistant coach of Kolkata Knight Riders) but this is my personal view. It doesn’t work like that. People do take notice of what’s happening all over the world. It is not that people are waiting for someone to score the fastest ODI 100. Most of the people have done their homework. It all depends on how much money one is sitting on and when Anderson’s name comes up in the auction.”

Dahiya cited the example of South African opener Richard Levi, who scored a 51-ball unbeaten 117 in a Twenty20 International against New Zealand in February 2012 just before the auctions but still got to play only six matches for Mumbai Indians that season. “The demands of IPL are completely different,” said Dahiya. Levi is the lone centurion for South Africa in Twenty20 Internationals.

At 16, Anderson became the youngest New Zealander to bag a contract. He scored a century in only his second Test appearance last October in a rain-abandoned match against Bangladesh — 116, 13x4, 2x6 — while the New Year bashing of the West Indies came in only his seventh ODI.


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