The mega auction for the fifteenth edition of the Indian T20 league took place on Saturday and Sunday. It saw several players go under the hammer. While Ishan Kishan bagged an INR 15.25 crore contract with Mumbai, Chennai spent INR 14 crore to acquire the services of Deepak Chahar.
Several other Indian stars fetched the big bucks as well. However, India’s limited-overs skipper Rohit Sharma has urged his teammates to focus on the current series. The men in blue are all set to face West Indies in a three-match T20I series, starting from February 16.
However, he did say that it is natural for players to let their emotions get the better of them due to the mega auction. While speaking to the press ahead of the first T20I, Sharma said that they all are professionals, and must focus on the current task at hand.
Whatever has happened, has happened: Rohit Sharma
“It was understood that guys will go through ups and downs, some emotional feeling within themselves on which team they will play for in the ITL. But that was done the day before yesterday, we had a great meeting with everyone and we asked them to focus on the colour blue for the next two weeks,” said Rohit Sharma.
“Whatever has happened, has happened, for the next two weeks, they have to focus on playing for India, nothing else. That is something we spoke of and all these guys are professionals, you can expect once they wear India colours, it is all about India, nothing else matters,” he added.
Sharma also stated that the biggest T20 league in the world won’t impact the decisions and selections during the game. He specified that there will be “no considerations” for the Indian T20 league. The opener said that the focus is currently only for India.
“There is no consideration of ITL here, honestly. We are not looking at where will players bat for their franchise in the ITL, we are looking at where they will bat for Team India, as simple as that. We will be focusing on this, these guys do different roles for their franchises, what we need from them here is important,” he said.