It is a no-brainer that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the most celebrated T20 leagues in the world. Not just the Indian cricketers but the foreign players too are keen to be a part of this tournament to arm their talents better. England Test captain Joe Root has thus come forward to express his willingness on featuring in an IPL season.
Root is all set to enter the IPL auction next year with the aim to get his maiden IPL contract. He had earlier been a part of the auctions but wasn’t selected by any of the franchises. The IPL will be featuring two more teams from its next edition and that would mean that 16 additional slots will be available for overseas players.
“At some point of my career, I am desperate to be a part of an IPL season. Hopefully, a few more beyond that as well. It is something I would love to experience, and love to be a part of. With the amount of international cricket and Test cricket, in particular, this year didn’t feel like it was the right time (to enter the auction). I didn’t feel like I could throw all my energy into it, which it deserves. And, I don’t think it would set me up and set English cricket up best with what’s to come,” Root said as reported by Outlook.
Root brings a lot of stability to the batting order. While his strike rate could be questionable, in a team laced with hitters from top to bottom, Root could be a value bet for the teams. The likes of Steve Smith and Kane Williamson, who are similar players have been very successful in the IPL.