India in New Zealand 2013-14 February 11, 2014

'I don't want to watch my auction'- Anderson


It was all Corey Anderson's fault. He blitzed the fastest ODI hundred weeks before the IPL auction, and since then, no one's stopped asking him how much he thinks he'll be bought for on February 12. Not only him, the 23-year old's team-mates have also been asked the same question about him in press conferences on this India tour. The series has moved on from the ODIs to the Tests, but the question hasn't gone away. The man himself knows there is no getting away from it; he has generated so much attention. He is trying to stay in the moment, and wants to achieve plenty across formats in his career, but admits it is hard not to think about the auction.

"Can't say I am ignoring it, the way it keeps coming up," Anderson said. "Some stage you are going to yield to it. I am excited about it.

"I haven't been in it before and haven't experienced it. I am looking forward to it. I don't know what it's all going to be about. When it happens I don't know what it's going to feel like. It's just one of those things. Goes on in the background. Being going on for a wee while. I just have to deal with it."

While saying he was focused on the "red-ball stuff" for now, Anderson admitted he would be watching the auction, but said he would skip the part when his name comes up. "Luckily enough it's between the Tests.

"So yes there's been a bit of talk between the boys to watch the auction over dinner and stuff but I don't want to watch my one. Rather watch the others. It will be quite exciting."

Anderson does not have a particular franchise he would like to be part of but says it will be a "cool" experience playing in India. "I still don't know if I am going," he said. "If I go I'd love to play. Obviously some teams have picked up, retained some big players. You always want to go there and experience it. So I don't have a team that I'd like to [be in]. Just excited about the auction. I've been to India once and I did ok there.

"If I can go over again, it will be awesome and a cool experience."

Anderson's "ultimate goal" is to be the best allrounder in the world, but right now, the world's focus is on his power-hitting. He knows he has increased expectations manifold after that hundred, and says the pressure to deliver has also gone up. "You tend to feel that pressure a little," he said. "The expectation now is that people want to see me try and do that all the time. Spoken to a lot of people and you try and forget that expectation and just bat."

It does help that Anderson is inherently a powerful, aggressive batsman, but he knows how fickle success can be for those of his kind.

"I am probably lucky that it's sort of my natural game," he said. "I don't have to change any ways to try and do that. Just one of those things. Comes off one day and doesn't come off the next. When you do it for a period of time gives massive confidence but you are always one game away from having no confidence at all, so it is a great leveller. And you just try and ride the highs."

There may be highs and lows. However, Anderson wants to keep playing his strokes and dominate the bowlers. He does not have a particular preferred shot, although he likes to swing over midwicket. "Not too sure to be honest," he said. "I tend to like going to cow corner. That's a pretty favourite shot. But I like hitting straight. I guess anything that comes out of the middle of the bat is a favourite shot but I am always (looking) to go straight."

The start has been bright. Having played only six Tests and 12 ODIs so far, Anderson already has centuries in both formats and also a four-for and a five-for in one-dayers. He acknowledges, though, that this is only the beginning and there is a long way to go. "I still have a lot of work to do," he said. "I have had a few scores. It doesn't make a summer, just like a shot doesn't make a career, so I guess I just got to keep working, testing and always know that there are guys behind me trying to knock down the door and get my position, so at the moment I still got a lot to do. I am just happy with the way I am playing cricket at the moment."

In all probability, it is not only the cricket he will be smiling about after February 12.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • android_user on February 12, 2014, 15:37 GMT

    Welcome to MI.

  • dummy4fb on February 12, 2014, 8:19 GMT

    Hyped and over prices players become mediocre after getting sold in IPL. I hope that won't happen to him. And i seriously hope KKR won't buy him because KKR's dust bowls will never suit his batting and he may end up losing his confidence.

  • cricfan91185178 on February 12, 2014, 7:56 GMT

    @ru4real..I like your team, , interesting to see williamson in there and taylor to open..why not???..taylor is a smart operator with guptil..I like the look of it with the muscle down the order..

  • dogandbone on February 12, 2014, 7:25 GMT

    My 20/20 WC team in batting order Guptill Taylor McCullum Williamson Anderson Nessham Ronchi Henry N McCullum Southee Mills

  • Practical_person on February 12, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    All T20 players need to be 'impact' players. I believe Anderson will definitely make an impact. Once in a while you may get outliers like Gayle who score a record breaking hundred. Anderson is a definitely an asset to any team. Averages doesn't mean much in T20 in my opinion.

    I request all NZ fans to refrain from making stereotypical comments about Indians. It is these Indians fans who are making the NZ players much richer.

    Some of the concerns against Anderson are valid since he is still untested but suggesting that he will be a flop is unwarranted by Indian fans. And yes, BMac is an IPL success.

    Most Indian fans are excited about Anderson.

  • EashwarSai on February 12, 2014, 5:08 GMT

    I change my mind. If yuvi can go for 14 crores(2.2mill), Anderson deserves atleast a million dollars.

  • dummy4fb on February 12, 2014, 4:57 GMT

    He is worth every penny!!! Made the fastest Hundred in ODIs and almost broke the fastest 50 off 17 balls in ODI, record of Sanath Jayasuriya against India. He was 44 in 15 balls. He tried to hit a six in the 16th ball, he was caught in long-on.

  • dogandbone on February 12, 2014, 2:28 GMT

    remember that South African who went to NZ a couple of years ago and smacked a quick scooped up in the IPL for did he go and where is he now???

  • bonzoo on February 12, 2014, 2:08 GMT

    I believe that Anderson would be the ultimate package in IPL this year. Its a real joy to watch him bat. I'm a west Indian, but he has become one of my favorite cricketer since his destructive innings against WI. I wish him all the best.

  • dummy4fb on February 12, 2014, 1:28 GMT

    wow... is it just me? i just saw comment from shane of my fav players.. Go Corey, Go shane