New Delhi: England didn’t enjoy the mega-auction of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for the 11th season for many of their top players were snubbed. Eoin Morgan, the white ball skipper for the country who has been long associated with the cash-rich league; Joe Root, who was an integral part of the English team that raced their way through to World T20 final in 2016, had created much hype ahead of the auction for his debut season, but was left ignored. Amid all the snubbing, pacer Mark Wood was snapped by two-time champion Chennai Super Kings at a base price of INR 1.5 crore. And a month ahead of the kick-off, Wood expressed his delight at working with ‘legend’ Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Dwayne Bravo.
“I think learning to cope in pressure situations can only help. And picking the brains of some of the legends of the game…MS Dhoni as my captain will provide a great insight and I would love to work with (Dwayne) Bravo and develop my slower ball,”Wood said.
The 28-year-old also added how excited he was to make his debut in the IPL and be part of CSK, which is making a return to the league after two years of suspension. Wood hopes that he can prove himself to be a match-winner for his side.
“It will be an immensely proud moment for me to play for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL,” Wood told CSK website.
“Not only is the IPL a great competition but I also get to play for the best team! Who wouldn’t want that? I’m very lucky and hope to be a match-winner for my team,” he added.
Apart from Wood, CSK have two more good pacer in their squad – Lungi Ngidi and Shardul Thakur, alongside youngster Kanishk Seth and two all-rounders Bravo and Shane Watson. “Of course there is pressure but that’s what really switches you on,” said Wood, throwing light on the competition for making it to the playing XI.
“It might not go your way every time but if you give everything you’ve got and commit to every ball, then, hopefully, you come out on the right side more often than not,” Wood added.