Former England skipper Joe Root enters himself into the upcoming IPL 2023 auction which is scheduled to take place on 23rd December in Kochi. His comeback is happening after five years when he last entered the auction in 2018 but remained unsold. Root’s reappearance is set to relaunch his T20 career.
In the past years, Root’s participation in T20 has been limited due to his busy schedule. He appeared in the Big Bash League playing for Sydney Thunder in 2018-2019 scoring only 93 runs.
Alongside he was seen in The Hundred for Trent Rockets for a couple of games. The former skipper has showcased extreme talent having scored 893 runs with an average of 37.5 for England in the T20 format, even though he hasn’t played since May 2019.
Root was quoted as saying in Daily Mail, “I would certainly debate going into the IPL draw quite seriously and hope to get exposure in that tournament. It would be great to get involved in the continuous enormity of each game and how much it means.” He has shown interest to explore new opportunities in the shortest format.
He added, “I have no thoughts or feelings of retirement or slowing down or playing fewer formats.” He also stated, “If anything, I feel a little bit more freedom with my time. I always used to get rested for the T20s and I feel like I got alienated from the format because I had not played enough of it. You can feel like you are getting left behind a little bit. Now, the next couple of years might be a good time to explore playing a little bit more of that format and see how far I can take that side of my game.”