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Australia opener D’Arcy Short has enjoyed a meteoric rise as of late, going from a Big Bash League (BBL) sensation to representing Australia, to being bought by the Rajasthan Royals for INR 4 crores at the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction in February.
Short became a household name while representing the Hobart Hurricanes in the most recent edition of the BBL, where he broke the record for the most runs in a season with 572 runs at an average of 57.20.
Short has since gone on to represent Australia in five Twenty20 Internationals and has fared extremely well as he has struck two half-centuries and currently averages 49.
With the 27-year-old set to feature in his maiden IPL season next month, Short knows that a strong showing in the tournament will give his career a major boost.
“After my last BBL stint, I was given a T20 call-up. I was over the moon. The taste of international cricket is what every cricketer desires,” he told the Hindustan Times. “Playing for your country in all formats, especially Tests, gives you the ultimate satisfaction. I need to use all the chances I get from now on and leave an impression.
“Doing well in IPL can certainly give a push to my career. I have learnt a lot from my mentor Justin Langer and would keep discussing with him what all I need to do.”
Short is also looking forward to being captained by Australia skipper Steve Smith and mentored by legendary Australia leg-spinner Shane Warne.
“It would be superb to have Steve as captain of the team,” Short said. “He is world-class cricketer and a brilliant captain. He has played a lot of cricket till date and gathered loads of experience. I won’t shy away from asking him anything.
“As far as Shane Warne is concerned, he is an intelligent customer. He is a legend and his presence in the dressing room can do wonders. IPL would give a new curve to me. I am also excited to play alongside Ajinka Rahane, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes.”
When asked if his BBL experience will help him excel in the IPL, the Katherine native said: “I don’t think the BBL experience can give me an edge but it can help me a great deal in IPL.
“I think the standard of spin bowling would be quite amazing in IPL. The pitches will also help slower bowlers a bit. I hope to do my job and build my innings in each game. I know the kind of wickets we get in BBL are very different from the Indian pitches, so I will have to adjust accordingly.
In regards to the player that has influenced him the most, Short said: “I have been mighty influenced by Andrew Symonds. He was a game-changer — always useful with the bat and handy with the ball.”