Former England Captain, Joe Root has made himself available for the upcoming auctions, scheduled to be held on December 23 in Kochi.
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Earlier, in 2018, Joe Root had entered the IPL auction but remained unsold. Due to a hectic schedule, Root’s appearances in T20 tournaments have been limited.
Although, he did play in the Big Bash League for Sydney Thunder in 2018-19 where he scored 93 runs, alongside some quick-fire knocks in The Hundred for Trent Rockets.
Root has a brilliant record for England in T20Is (893 runs at an average of 35.72) but has not played for the national side in that format since May 2019.
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It will be brilliant to see the likes of Root participating in the IPL, many team will have an eye on him in the auction as he also has the ability to captain the side, his off-spinners have been more than handy in the recent past.
“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,” said Root
“I have no thoughts or feelings of retirement or slowing down or playing fewer formats,” Root said. “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 added.
Root is presently in the UAE as part of preparations for the Test tour of Pakistan in December but will be eager to follow the auction next month. Joe Root will add a different dimension to the team that he plays for and will surely have an impact on the tournament.