Chris Jordan got his first taste of IPL cricket when he was roped in by Sunrisers Hyderabad in 2016. he then made a move to Royal Challengers Bangalore in 2017 and played a few matches under Virat Kohli's captaincy.
With an all new auction lined in this weekend is one among the 578 and many among the Englishmen to go under the hammer.
“You set your base price and then you just hope to get picked up, really,” he says of his auction experience. “Everyone’s different. Some people like to watch it throughout, others just like to hear the result at the end. I’m probably more one of the latter group but I’ll end up watching it this weekend. Last time I didn’t see any of it. I just got a message from my agent at the end saying that I’d been picked up, well done, congratulations" said Jordan who replaced Mitchell Starc for RCB last year.
“This time a lot of us are in the auction so I’m sure everyone will follow it. I don’t think you can hide away from it. It will be interesting. I hope everyone does get picked up. It can only be good for English cricket and for our team going forward if our players go out there, because when you do go to the IPL you can really move your game on in a short space of time."
“You play under immense pressure every game, in front of 80,000 screaming people and, if you can deal with that, it hardens you to that kind of environment and allows you to deal with pressure later in your career"
“Whether you watch the auction or you try to ignore it, it can’t really affect the end result. You just wait to see how it all unfolds and try not to have too many expectations. Things could go one way or they could go the other. This auction is obviously a big one. It will be interesting because not many players have been retained, so a lot of big players have gone back into the pool. It’ll be really interesting to see how the teams put together their strategies and who they see as their key players"
“I just hope to be involved in what I think is a brilliant tournament and one which improves players over a very short space in time, just due to the level of players that you interact with on a day-to-day basis. When I went to RCB I was playing with Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and coached by Daniel Vettori and I just picked up so much knowledge".
Jordan also shared his experience while he was in the Sunrisers Hyderabad dugout in 2016. “At Sunrisers we had Shikhar Dhawan, Kane Williamson, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and David Warner, and we were well drilled and well coached by Tom Moody. I learned a lot there off different guys. There was some very good camaraderie between players and everyone there wanted to learn and improve and express themselves on the field of play", concluded the England pacer.