D’Arcy Short: ‘It feels great to be going to the IPL’

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D’Arcy Short: “I am excited to learn about the people, the culture and of course playing with Rajasthan Royals”

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Australian batsman D’Arcy Short has admitted that he was ecstatic to have been bought at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction and can’t wait to play in the tournament for the first time in his career.

Short has been in red-hot form in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL) season, where he represents the Hobart Hurricanes. The 27-year-old is the highest run-scorer with 504 runs, which includes a century and three fifites, in 10 matches at an average of 56.

With Short having become a household name as a result of his performances, he was snapped up by the Rajasthan Royals for INR 4 crores at the IPL auction last weekend.

“It feels great to be going to the IPL; it will be my first time to India so I am excited to learn about the people, the culture and of course playing with Rajasthan Royals,” he told Sportstar. “There will be so many great players to learn from – guys like Steve Smith, Ajinkya Rahane, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler.”

While he has been excelling in the BBL, Short acknowledged that replicating the same kind of form in India won’t be an easy feat as the conditions will be much different.

“Batting through the middle overs has been a focus for me throughout BBL|07 and it has contributed to my big scores in the tournament,” he said. “Obviously, playing in India presents different challenges. So I’ll certainly be talking to my teammates – both local and international – who have played in India and look at ways to make sure I’m batting deep into the innings.”

Short has been included in Australia’s squad for the upcoming T20 tri-series, which involves England and New Zealand. There is a possibility that he could make his international debut on Saturday as Aaron Finch has been ruled out of the opening game of the tournament due to a hamstring injury.

However, when asked if he could potentially cement a place for himself in the national team if he were to enjoy a lot of success in the IPL, Short said: “I’m not really looking that far ahead. Being picked for the T20 games this summer is a great thrill and I’d love to represent my country as much as possible.

“The IPL is about scoring runs for the Royals and hopefully be there at the pointy end of the tournament.”

Short added that the INR 4 crores price tag attached to his name won’t pressurise him during the tournament.

“No, not at all,” he said. “There’s pressure every time you play a game of professional cricket. I just really wanted the opportunity to play in the IPL. It is such a great tournament with so many great players and I’ll learn a lot from the experience.”

Upon being asked if there will be any Ashes banter between him and the England duo of Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler, Short replied: “Haha no, I haven’t had the honour of playing Test cricket yet and both these guys have already achieved so much. They’d probably point to the fact that  the last time they both played in an Ashes series (2015) England won it quite comfortably!”

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