I am more interested in what the other players get bought for in the IPL auction, reveals Corey Anderson

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“I don’t want to watch my one”

New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson has revealed that he is more interested in what other players get bought for in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) auction.

After making the fastest ODI century in history, Anderson is expected to be one of the top earners in this year’s IPL, but the 23-year-old admitted that he doesn’t want to watch his own auction.

“Can’t say I am ignoring it, the way it keeps coming up,” Anderson said. “Some stage you are going to yield to it. I am excited about it.

“I haven’t been in it before and haven’t experienced it. I am looking forward to it. I don’t know what it’s all going to be about. When it happens I don’t know what it’s going to feel like. It’s just one of those things. Goes on in the background. Being going on for a wee while. I just have to deal with it.

“Luckily enough it’s between the Tests. So yes there’s been a bit of talk between the boys to watch the auction over dinner and stuff but I don’t want to watch my one. Rather watch the others. It will be quite exciting.”

Anderson does not mind which IPL franchise he represents since he is more excited about playing in India.

“I still don’t know if I am going,” he said. “If I go I’d love to play. Obviously some teams have picked up, retained some big players. You always want to go there and experience it. So I don’t have a team that I’d like to [be in]. Just excited about the auction. I’ve been to India once and I did ok there.

“If I can go over again, it will be awesome and a cool experience.”

Anderson also conceded that he feels a lot more pressure whenever he comes in to bat now since everyone expects his to produce another scintillating innings like his record-breaking century.

“You tend to feel that pressure a little,” he said. “The expectation now is that people want to see me try and do that all the time. Spoken to a lot of people and you try and forget that expectation and just bat.

“I am probably lucky that it’s sort of my natural game. I don’t have to change any ways to try and do that. Just one of those things. Comes off one day and doesn’t come off the next. When you do it for a period of time gives massive confidence but you are always one game away from having no confidence at all, so it is a great leveller. And you just try and ride the highs.”

When asked what his favourite shot was, Anderson said: “Not too sure to be honest. I tend to like going to cow corner. That’s a pretty favourite shot. But I like hitting straight. I guess anything that comes out of the middle of the bat is a favourite shot but I am always (looking) to go straight.”

While Anderson has already inked his name in the record books, he acknowledged that he still has a long way to go.

“I still have a lot of work to do,” he said. “I have had a few scores. It doesn’t make a summer, just like a shot doesn’t make a career, so I guess I just got to keep working, testing and always know that there are guys behind me trying to knock down the door and get my position, so at the moment I still got a lot to do. I am just happy with the way I am playing cricket at the moment.”

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