Kiwi all-rounder looking to cash in on his rich vein of form.
Former New Zealand fast bowler Simon Doull beleives current all-rounder Corey Anderson could be a surprise top-earner at this year’s IPL auction.
Tipped to be one of the most hotly contested bidding processes in the competition’s seven year history, Doull beleives Anderson is ready to cash in thanks to his form against the Indian national side, currently in the country for five one-day internationals and two Test matches.
“Carving up the Indian bowling attack with some of the biggest sixes seen while millions are glued to their television sets in the subcontinent will have made Anderson a household name in India,” Doull said.
“Add to that the fact he’s playing against Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma – the respective captains of Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Mumbai Indians – and it’s all looking good.
“But just for good measure, those three franchises also happen to be coached by New Zealanders in Stephen Fleming, Daniel Vettori and John Wright.
“Actually, as far as Anderson’s concerned, things are not just looking good, but great.”
Anderson has made scores of 44 and 68 not out in the current series against India whole also securing 10 wickets in the first three games, underlying his all-round value to a potential IPL team.
The 23-year-old has also played eight T20 games for New Zealand, but his success there has been limited, averaging only 8.2 with the bat for a strike-rate of 132.25, while only taking two wickets from his 19 overs.
However, Doull said Anderson’s play this summer means he will be on several team’s radars and could become a millionaire overnight if a bidding war starts between competing teams.
“Anderson’s always had talent – that much we knew from his high school cricketing days,” he said.
“But, finally, after working hard to break into the New Zealand side, he’s starting to get some serious rewards.
“With the IPL auction set to get underway on February 12, it would be impossible for Anderson not to be thinking about what may soon transpire.
“After his incredible heroics with the bat – both against the West Indies and India – everybody is talking about what sort of price this young man will fetch on the auction block.
“Will it be a million dollars? Will it be more? The sky’s the limit, really.”