Shahrukh Khan: IPL auction on my mind, but it won’t affect my preparations
Along with R Sai Kishore, the Tamil Nadu batter has been named as a standby for India’s upcoming series against West Indies
“Of course, it [thoughts about the auction] is there somewhere in my mind, but I am not going to let it affect my preparations for the next day,” Shahrukh, who is currently undergoing mandatory quarantine, told ESPNcricinfo. He was drafted into Punjab Kings’ squad for INR 5.25 crore ahead of IPL 2021, and though his opportunities with the team were limited, he has built a massive reputation in domestic cricket.
“Playing for India is a huge responsibility in itself, and brings with it its own pressure,” Shahrukh said. “There are some massive names in this team, and I have grown up watching them on TV. My aim – if I get the chance – would be to simply go with an open mind and enjoy my cricket, just the way I do for Tamil Nadu.
“If I overthink this, then I would just create more pressure on myself and stray from my natural game. My aim in every game is to go out to the middle and play freely, without worrying too much about the results and focusing on the process instead.”
“It depends on which set you are in, which are the names that have been brought up ahead of you, what specific things are teams looking for at that point, and what their available purse is,” he said. “Rather than worrying about such things, I am just focused on how I can keep my mind fresh and concentrate on my cricket.”
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