Indian Premier League Auction 2011 January 8, 2011

Davy Jacobs eager to open with Tendulkar


Just over three-quarters of a million dollars wound up separating Warriors team-mates Johan Botha and Davy Jacobs after the first day of the 2011 IPL player auction. Botha was snapped up for the massive amount of US$950,000 by the Rajasthan Royals, while Jacobs was a bargain for the Mumbai Indians at $190,000.

The difference in money doesn't bother Jacobs at all. "My base price was $20, 000 so I took a massive leap. To be honest, I would have gone for free," he told ESPNCricinfo. Jacobs made a name for himself in the Champions League Twenty20 last year, where he scored 286 runs in six matches at an average of 47.66, and led the Warriors to the final. "I got the opportunity to play in the IPL because of my performance in the Champions League, I wouldn't have got anywhere without it."

Jacobs hoped his CLT20 performances would help him earn a national call up, but he has so far been ignored. Now, he thinks if he performs well in the IPL, it might earn him a chance to wear the green and gold. "I want to play for South Africa, but I know I couldn't have played better than I did in the CLT20. I am going to put the Warriors and the Mumbai Indians first and hope I can get there. There's no point planning it anymore."

As an opening batsman, there is the real possibility that Jacobs will get to partner Sachin Tendulkar. "I've had people tweeting me saying I may be opening the batting with Sachin Tendulkar. I've never met him but it will be awesome. The whole world looks at this guy. When I was a boy, he was playing Test cricket and he is still going." Jacobs did not keep in the CLT20 because Mark Boucher was in the side, but he is an able wicketkeeper and would do the job if called on.

"I'll bat anywhere or do anything. I just want to make the most of my chance."

He is known for his lively personality on the South African domestic circuit, and said he will try to bring some of that to Mumbai. "I just want to add what I can add. I will bring the same passion and desire that I have at the Warriors."

Botha received his news in a more measured fashion. He admitted to being surprised about his high price tag. "It's a massive surprise and these types of things are life-changing but with that comes responsibility." He has had a season in the IPL before, also at the Royals and he is pleased to be back at the same franchise. "I enjoyed my time with them before. I got along well with Warnie [Shane Warne] and the coaching staff. It's a nice to go back to a team where you were before."

The South African T20 captain is concentrating on the current one-day international series against India and the World Cup before turning his attention to the IPL. "There is a lot of cricket before IPL4. I'm sure once we get there we will give 100% for our teams."

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Claude on January 11, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    Botha is a under rated player and RR saw the potential that few people see! Even SA do not see the full potential of the man! Excellent limited over bowler and good fielder. And dangerous with the bat at the end! Jacobs was great in the CL but since then did not do much in the first class league! Would like to see him in the green and gold someday!

  • Dummy4 on January 11, 2011, 3:53 GMT

    Jacobs wont get a better platform to get into the SA squad than this

  • Ghazanfar on January 10, 2011, 23:42 GMT

    $950k for Botha. You must be havin a laugh..I wonder how much Ajmal or Afridi or Razzaq wud have fetched...

  • Srinivasan on January 10, 2011, 6:49 GMT

    Being a Sachin and Mumbai Indian fan, am very pleased that Davy Jacobs was snapped up by MI. He is such an amazing talent that its a mystrey why he is yet to find a place in SA squad. He along with MI are going to rock and win the title

  • Dummy4 on January 10, 2011, 6:13 GMT

    Davy Jacobs - I like this Guy.. He has his own attitude and love for the game. His statement of playing for free says it all. Davy Jacobs will a player to watch in IPL 4. His persona and lively attitude brings motivation in the camp and with guys like Harbhajan, Symmo and Jacobs all lively characters MI dressing room would never be short of boost. I put my money of MI. Sachin, Jacobs, Malinga, Rohit and Symmo all will click and put up a brilliant show.

  • Dummy4 on January 9, 2011, 13:13 GMT

    Davy Jacobs is a fantastic Captain and what he did for the Warriors is brilliant, i too cannot understand why he has not made the SA t20 squad at least, he would make a explosive opener which we currently dont have and he would keep wicket which AB is reluctant to do...

  • LAKSHMI on January 9, 2011, 9:15 GMT

    davy jacobs.......................what an amazing personality.............i am an indian sachin is my god but i never supported M.I......i am die hard fan of C.S.K.................but now because of davy jacobs i am in dilema who to support................if mike hussey is greatest trier....and man whom every budding cricketer love to meet........................................dont forgot this guy to he shows what type of attitude budding cricketer should have............hats off davy jacobs.........he even would have played for freee that is what love of the game all about great personality

  • Dummy4 on January 9, 2011, 9:08 GMT

    @Balldiñho II , you make a very good point there

  • Dummy4 on January 9, 2011, 8:54 GMT

    So it seems that Davy Jacobs is one of the 10 best t20 wicket keeper batsmen in the world - goin on this auction. Yet he is not considered as being good enough to play for South Africa's national team. You tell me how that works???

  • Muthuvel on January 9, 2011, 7:33 GMT

    Actually for an unknown player from sa, Jacobs is pretty well known. Best of luck Jacobs, with some luck you would definitely make it to SA limited overs squad.

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