SRH’s Virat Singh eyeing at IPL 2020: The Jharkhand batsman has been bought by SunRisers Hyderabad for nearly 10 times his base price.
In a recent interview with ESPNcrininfo, Jharkhand and SunRisers Hyderabad batsman Virat Singh remembered a learning lesson from veteran India wicket-keeper batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni when he was playing under the legendary captain during the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016-17.
“He [MS Dhoni] said, ‘You’ve got the fitness and technique and you will get the runs’. Before this season also, he was in the nets helping me in manipulating the field, how to change the mind of the bowler, to play spin,” Virat Singh was quoted as saying by ESPNcrininfo.
In the build-up to the IPL 2019 auction, we had considered Virat Singh to be one of the potential opening batsmen which the then defending champion Chennai Super Kings could have bought for the next season of the tournament.
Unheralded Jharkhand batsman Virat Singh, with a base price of Rs 20 lakh, sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad for Rs 1.90 crore
— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) December 19, 2019
While Singh didn’t get a chance to play under Dhoni in the IPL, he could have played against him after being picked by SunRisers Hyderabad for IPL 2020. Had it not been for the novel COVID-19 pandemic, the left-hand batsman might have got a chance to make his IPL debut for SRH.
SRH’s Virat Singh eyeing at IPL 2020
Singh, 22, has played over 125 domestic matches across formats in the last six years. A T20 average and strike rate of 35.27 and 124.45 respectively has made him a bankable name for Jharkhand in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Talking about his ambition of playing in the biggest T20 league, Singh pointed out how playing with and under some of the greats of the game could take his game to the “next level”.
“To share the dressing room with Kane Williamson and David Warner is a dream come true. You talk about the coaches as well – World Cup-winning coach [Trevor] Bayliss, [VVS] Laxman and [Muttiah] Muralitharan.
“I just hope the IPL happens so I can learn from them and take my game to the next level. If things get normal in India, I might go and play in the Chennai league as well. I will get decent match practice there before the IPL, if it happens,” Singh said.