IPL auction 2014 February 13, 2014

A 'life-changing' event for Anderson

ESPNcricinfo staff

Corey Anderson, who fetched $750,000 in the IPL auction, could barely believe or sleep with the money being thrown around in the IPL auction. He has been giving bowlers and bowling coaches sleepless nights since he scored the fastest ODI century on the first day of this year, but it was time for him to struggle to sleep as he watched on nervously and then responded to congratulatory calls and texts.

"I thought it was crazy," Anderson, now part of John Wright's Mumbai Indians, told Fairfax Media. "To see it unfold in front of your eyes, it felt like a little game you might play with your mates then you have to pinch yourself and realise that it's real money they're throwing around. It hasn't sunk in yet. It feels like you are putting a value on yourself. People want you and you're expected to do things now for that kind of money. It feels like you're a house and someone wants to move in. It feels very strange.

"People say I've had a pretty good year but it's been the last couple of months that were pretty good," Anderson said. "That's caused all the havoc about what's happened. It's a strange feeling thinking that one event like that can change everything."

Going by previous auction standards, Anderson was expected to attract at least a million dollars, but he is not complaining. He is still pleased he went for four-and-a-half times his base price. "As soon as I got that first bid I was pretty ecstatic," Anderson said. "From there on in it was just a waiting game. Hopefully I'll get some sleep then get ready for training. It's a life-changing event and pretty exciting."

Anderson also saw New Zealand team-mates Ross Taylor, Martin Guptill and Jeese Ryder attract no bids. Like many observers, Anderson, too, failed to make sense of the dynamics of business. "It's pretty surreal," he said. "Watching the auction all unfold, it's hard to explain. There's times when you think you're going to get picked up and times you're not too sure. You see people who aren't picked up and wonder why, then guys are picked up for more than what you might think." Anderson himself might have lost out because Glenn Maxwell's name came out of the bag first, and the teams spent a lot of their enthusiasm on his auction, which meant there wasn't enough desperation to push Anderson's price further up.

The auction took place two days before New Zealand's second Test against India, at Basin Reserve. Anderson followed it on the Internet in his team hotel in Wellington, in the company of bowling coach Shane Bond, physiotherapist Paul Close and security officer Sam Dickason.

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  • Sridhar on February 13, 2014, 14:26 GMT

    I just hope that this youngster has a mature environment that allows him to keep his head - it is so easy to lose it at the IPL; it is not just the contract amount - that is just the beginning; the match-fees, the per-diems also add up to a sizeable kitty, + the unabated adulation, the larger-than-life living for almost the entire period, 5-star glitzes what with promotional evenings thrown in with plenty of booze and cheer-leaders, etc etc - are all part of the deal that was not displayed at the auction. So, young Corey - we wish you all the best and hope to see you at your best at the IPL 2014!!!

  • Dummy4 on February 13, 2014, 9:15 GMT

    True, Corey deserved million $ and maybe a victim of Maxwell coming before him in the auction, but still $750K is good going for him. Great start for young Corey nonetheless. Hope to see him in MI playing XI whole season. :)

  • sri on February 13, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Happy for this guy. Probably deserves a bit more given the initial hype.Taylor invites no bids. Maxwell goes for more than Warner. Thats crazy!!

  • Ross on February 13, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    Levi was a one dimensional player who played a different role (opener). Even here in SA, he still makes the occasional big score, but it's all the little scores in-between that render him a liability. His high score for the competition was a match-winning 113, but his other 8 innings he only made 64 runs.

    Anderson has better shots, and plays the finishing role. Plus he bowls. Much better prospect than Levi.

  • Dummy4 on February 13, 2014, 8:18 GMT

    Okay Corey Anderson, now you got IPL contract, now you can also play suspiciously similar to brendon macmillan, dropping catches, not enforcing followon, getting deliberately run out, choosing spinner against indians on NZ pitches etc.

  • David on February 13, 2014, 7:32 GMT

    I for one don't see why Glen Maxwell deserves the sort of money lavished on him. Sure he is a good player, but no better than many others who were purchased for a fraction of his price. As for Taylor, Guptill and Ryder (and also Mills) being unsold...well, I'll remember that and laugh when NZ hold aloft the World Cup next year.

  • Dummy4 on February 13, 2014, 7:30 GMT

    I hope he plays better than Richard Levi.

  • Dummy4 on February 13, 2014, 7:23 GMT

    Good on him! I guess a lot of what drives the prices is pure entertainment, just as much if not more so than the actual cricket these guys play. He can also obviously play a bit! No surprises that Ryder was passed over but i'd have thought Ross Taylor would have been picked up.

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