England leg spinner Adil Rashid who is considered as one of the best spinners in the limited-overs format for England went unsold during the IPL 2021 auction. Former England skipper Michael Vaughan also had found it surprising that a bowler of Adil Rashid’s calibre has consecutively gone unsold in the IPL auction over the years.
However, the England spinner has a different take to remaining unsold at the IPL 2021 auction as revealed that he wasn’t expecting to get picked in the IPL auction. Over the years we’ve seen the fast bowlers bag the big money in the auctions as we witnessed this year as well with Riley Meredith, Jhye Richardson, and Chris Morris.
Not Disappointed On Not Getting Picked For IPL 2021: Adil Rashid
Adil Rashid during a virtual press conference prior to the 2nd T20I spoke about him going unsold in the IPL 2021 auction. He mentioned that since there are already so many significant spinners already in India, he wasn’t expecting a selection which is why he wasn’t disappointed in not getting selected for the cash-rich league.
I wouldn’t say disappointing (on him being not picked in IPL auction). Obviously, there are a lot of spinners out there and India also got their own local spinners. So I wasn’t really expecting myself to get picked because I knew there are a lot of spinners out there. So not too disappointing in that sense,” said Adil Rashid in a virtual press conference on Saturday.
He further added how is working on bowling with the new ball since it’s an entirely new challenge for the leg spinner. The last time when Adil Rashid opened the bowling for England in the powerplay, Rashid ended up dismissing Virat Kohli for a duck.
“I am working on my game. Bowling with a new ball is something very new for me. Opening the bowling was something new, it was a good experience. Hope I can carry on with that regardless of the situation, whether it’s first six (overs), middle or back, I am always looking to develop and work hard,” the 2019 World Cup winner added.