Australian pacer, Jhye Richardson is still trying to wrap his head around the amount of money, Rs 14 crore, for which he was bought in the February auction for IPL 2021 by the Punjab Kings. The 24-year-old is renowned for his express pace which would have lured the KL Rahul side to go big for the fast bowler.
Jhye Richardson says that it is “scary” to be bought for such an insane amount of money. The speedster. who was in New Zealand for the T20I series at the time of the auction, says that he didn’t quite realize the massive amount as it was late in the night. Jhye Richardson says that such money is “life-changing” and will affect his future in a certain way.
“It’s quite scary. It did not hit me straight away. I was actually watching the auction in New Zealand, it was quite late at night. It probably did not hit me straight away. It’s a funny one because you know that it’s gonna change your life. It’s life-changing. I was overwhelmed by the fact that this is going to change my life.
“For me, it wasn’t a jump up and down and get really excited moment, it just did not hit me straight away and even now it’s hard to comprehend how much it is and how much it’s gonna influence my future,” Jhye Richardson told Sports Today.
I Will show all of India what I am capable of: Jhye Richardson
Jhye Richardson fared decently in the T20I series against the Kiwis, picking up 4 wickets in 5 games, and was economical at the time. He has played 2 Tests, 13 ODIs, and 14 T20Is for Australia and has mediocre numbers in those games.
The Perth Scorchers seamer reckons he shouldn’t think much about the money while playing in the IPL and instead focus on his game. Jhye Richardson, via the IPL, will be practically auditioning for a position in Australia’s squad for the T20 World Cup. Punjab Kings take on Sanju Samson’s Rajasthan Royals on Monday at the Wankhede.
“That’s what we look as a cricketer, we have a front end earning capacity and you know our career might live 5 or 10 years but to have something like this and have financial security post cricket is the biggest relief for me.
“Obviously the added pressure and the expectation, all the challenges we expect in cricket anyway. For me now it’s not to worry about the price tag, it to worry about my own execution and my own skills and show all of India what I am capable of,” he stated.