Jhye Richardson can set his sights on his own personal retribution in India as he comes to terms with his life-changing $2.48-million IPL deal.
Richardson was on Friday still in shock after becoming one of Australian cricket’s overnight millionaires, landing a dream deal with Punjab for this year’s IPL.
The West Australian admitted he woke up as exhausted as he would be if he just played a game, after frantically scribbling down conversion of 1400 Lakh.
“I think I’ve just mentally exhausted myself of all these emotions of feeling sick and excited,” Richardson said from Australia’s quarantine hotel in New Zealand.
“It’s life changing to be honest.
“Your emotions take over and you kind of forget (the conversion rate), you double check it, triple check, quadruple check.
“I was scribbling on papers, nervous hands, still sinking in but it took a moment.”
Just as excited were Glenn Maxwell and Riley Meredith, who went for $2.52 and $1.42 million to Royal Challengers Bangalore and Punjab respectively.
But for Richardson his maiden IPL deal opens up so many other doors.
His only other tour of India two years ago saw his one-day World Cup spot taken away when he dislocated his shoulder and started 18 months of problems.
Now though, he can push for another World Cup in the Twenty20 format with the global tournament to be held in India later this year.
“It’s a nice bonus from where I was 12 months ago,” Richardson said.
“All the questions go through your mind when you have such a long recovery or such a big injury whether or not you’ll get back to your best.
“Any competition helps (in the push for a World Cup spot).
“If you’re performing well in any competition that’s the best thing you can possibly do, be confident in your own game and play well.”
Working in Richardson’s favour is that he is comfortable on white-ball wickets in India.
While the 2019 tour ended in tears, he had taken eight wickets at 21.12 in the three ODIs before that.
“Before my shoulder I had a few variations which I like to play around with,” Richardson said.
“The Indian wickets suited that. It creates a new challenge. The wickets over there are so different to Australian wickets that it’s something different.
“It’s another challenge I like to embrace.”
Australia’s players did not watch the auction together in New Zealand, as the likes of Aaron Finch, Matthew Wade and Alex Carey went unsold in a tough night for batsmen.
Meanwhile Meredith’s $1.42 million figure made him the most expensive uncapped overseas signing in the tournament’s history.
“I was on FaceTime with my girlfriend at the time and we just absolutely couldn’t believe it was happening,” Meredith, who has never played in Asia before, said.
“It was like it was fake, to be honest. We’re both pretty dumbfounded.”