England’s premier limited-overs spinner, Adil Rashid wasn’t disappointed at going unsold in the IPL 2021 auction last month. Despite his brilliant form for England in white-ball cricket over the years, Rashid has never featured in the IPL.
However, the 33-year-old himself was also not even expecting to be bought at the auction table for the biggest T20 league in the world. Adil Rashid, who had the base price of Rs. 1.5 crore, points out since there is a large pool of spinners in India, therefore franchises barely look at overseas spinners.
The leggie is not too disappointed for not being sold at the IPL auction and puts his focus on the three World Cups in the three consecutive years for the Three Lions.
“I wouldn’t say disappointing (on him being not picked in IPL auction). Obviously, there are a lot of spinners out there and India also got their own local spinners. So I wasn’t really expecting myself to get picked because I knew there are a lot of spinners out there. So not too disappointing in that sense,” said Adil Rashid in a virtual press conference on Saturday.
Bowling with a new ball is something very new for me: Adil Rashid
The Yorkshire-born spinner has rarely opened the bowling, either in domestic cricket or for England. But, on Friday in the first T20I against India in Ahmedabad, Eoin Morgan, to everyone’s surprise, tossed the new ball to Adil Rashid.
He gave away just a couple of runs in his first over and then dismissed Virat Kohli in his second over. Rashid, who is currently 5th on ICC T20I bowlers rankings, says that he and Morgan are working on bowling him in different situations in the game.
“I am working on my game. Bowling with a new ball is something very new for me. Opening the bowling was something new, it was a good experience. Hope I can carry on with that regardless of the situation, whether it’s first six (overs), middle or back, I am always looking to develop and work hard,” the 2019 World Cup winner added.