Hetmyer reacts to ‘ipl’s next million-dollar baby’ comment
West Indies’ latest batting sensation Shimron Hetmyer has reacted to India spinner Harbhajan Singh’s statement that he could be the ‘next million-dollar baby of IPL 2019’.
Whenever a young player, specially a batsman performs well on the Indian soil, it becomes very much certain that he is going to be a big draw for the auction of the next Indian Premier League (IPL).
Just like that, following his attacking century against the home side in the opening ODI, though it went in vain, Hetmyer received big praise from Harbhajan Singh. The off-spinner suggested on social media that Hetmyer could be the next million-dollar baby of IPL 2019.
Coing to know about Harbhajan’s comment, the 21-year-old couldn’t hide his excitement in revealing that it is his dream to play in the IPL, and it is also a big honour to be rated highly by the Indian spin great.
“It feels good to know that one of India’s greatest spinners rates me highly. It is a dream of mine to play in the IPL. But for now, my focus is on representing the West Indies the best I can. If rewards come down the road, then so be it,” he said.
However, he also reckoned that to represent his country in international cricket is much more important than earning big money in the lucrative franchise-based T20 leagues around the world, and hence he will not likely follow the footstep of most of the star West Indian cricketers choosing T20 franchise deals over international duty.
“All young cricketers back home aspire to play in the IPL. But first and foremost, the priority should be to represent the West Indies, because that is the highest level you can reach as a cricketer.”
Hetmyer also talked about the similarity he possesses in batting with the living legend Brian Lara, which gets a strong resemblance from the ‘Nataraja’ shot he plays.
“Lara was the one I looked up to when I was young. A lot of people have mentioned that I bat similar to Lara, but this style comes naturally to me. I’m a natural stroke-maker. When it comes off, it feels good,” Hetmyer told select media outlets on Tuesday.