Rilee Rossouw
Rilee Rossouw (Image Credits: Twitter)

South African cricketer Rilee Rossouw expressed confidence about attracting strong bids from the franchises in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 auction. Rossouw highlighted that he had a positive experience with the Delhi Capitals in the previous season of the IPL.

Rilee Rossouw secured a bid of ₹4.60 crore from the Delhi Capitals in the last auction. However, his performance in the tournament was below par, as he scored 209 runs in nine matches at a strike rate of 148. He was among the 11 players released by the Delhi-based franchise.

IPL Does Everything On A Bigger Canvas – Rilee Rossouw

Speaking on the sidelines of the Abu Dhabi T10, Rossouw highlighted his successful stint with the Knights team in the American League. He expressed a desire for a competitive bidding process, indicating his openness to joining a team that values his contributions.

“Don’t have a particular thing in mind. I think Delhi Capitals was really good to me last year. We had a solid camaraderie around the team. But in saying that, I did well with the Knights team in the American League. So it would be nice if it would be a little bit of a bidding war. I mean, that would be ideal for myself,” Rossouw told Hindustan Times.

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“Like at the end of the day, doesn’t matter who I play for. I want to do well for whichever franchise I’m picked,” he added.

“I think IPL does everything on a bigger canvas. Everything’s bigger and better there as they say. It’s just glamorous from the outside. They spend so much money on marketing, in getting the fans in which is fantastic to see as a player. The fans love their cricket. So it’s fantastic to see that and how it’s been consistent over what’s it been like 20 years (16) of it. So it is probably one of the best leagues.”

Rossouw played for the Los Angeles Knight Riders in the first season of Major League Cricket. The southpaw played a blistering knock of unbeaten 78 runs off 38 balls to help the team win. The team finished in the last position with only two points in five matches.

The Selectors Do Their Job – Rilee Rossouw

Rilee Rossouw, who last played for South Africa in March, is optimistic about his chances of taking part in the T20 World Cup next June. He admitted that the selectors will make decisions keeping in mind the interests of the South African team.

“I’ve been in touch with the coach and I’m still in his ideas, whether I play in the leagues or not. So without thinking much I just want to perform and do well wherever and whatever the changes I might get. At the end of the day, if I score and they don’t select me, it is out of my control. The selectors do their job. They want to always keep getting the best South African team out in the park,” Rossouw said.

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Also read: IPL Auction 2023: Rilee Rossouw Bought By Delhi Capitals For 4.60 Crore

Saikrishna Vaitla is an author at Cricketaddictor has been working since September 2022.