England’s Joe Root has expressed a wish to play in the IPL 2023
Former England captain Joe Root, who recently revealed his disappointing last few months as captain of the red-ball team, has stated a desire to play in the Indian Premier League. The Englishman is pondering entering the IPL auction for the 2019 season, which begins next month.
Root, one of the top long-format hitters of this age and probably England’s best Test player of all time, has been unable to compete in the cash-rich competition owing to national team obligations. However, after the selection of Ben Stokes as Test captain, Root has recovered his form and is eager to experience the thrills and spills of India’s top T20 game.
“I would certainly debate going into the IPL draw quite seriously and hope to get exposure in that tournament. It would be great to get involved in the continuous enormity of each game and how much it means,” Root was quoted saying to dailymail.co.uk.
It might be a good time to explore playing a little bit more of that format: Joe Root
The talismanic batting ace has been a vital part of the English red-ball side, but despite averaging a healthy 35.72 in T20Is, he has not played for the national team since 2019. Root intends to put his name up for the T20I team now that he has more time for all formats of the game after stepping down as captain earlier this year.
“I have no thoughts or feelings of retirement or slowing down or playing fewer formats. If anything, I feel a little bit more freedom with my time. I always used to get rested for the T20s and I feel like I got alienated from the format because I had not played enough of it. You can feel like you are getting left behind a little bit. Now, the next couple of years, might be a good time to explore playing a little bit more of that format and see how far I can take that side of my game,” he added.