NEW DELHI: Australia fast bowler Kane Richardson has opened on his decision to skip the Indian Premier League [IPL] this year citing his wedding in April and the dream to represent his country in Test cricket as the reasons.
Richardson has represented three different franchisees across three IPL seasons. He was bought by Pune Warriors India in 2013 and got three games in which he took two Wickets at an economy of 8.53. Next season, in 2014, he moved northwards to Rajasthan Royals and in seven T20s, took nine wickets at 22.88 with an economy of 7.62. He missed the cash-rich season in 2015 but returned in 2015 with Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore. He impressed with seven wickets in four games but was expensive with an economy of 9.71.
He would have been a top draw had he put his name for the IPL 2018 auction considering his performance in the recently concluded Big Bash League. Playing for Melbourne Renegades, Richardson took 12 wickets at 26.20 and economy of 8.05 in 10 appearances.
However, despite the potential financial rewards the Indian T20 league could have offered the Australian bowler, he chose to skip IPL. And it’s a combination of personal and professional reasons that dictated his move. “I’m actually getting married in April,” he was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. “A bit of pressure to stay at home this year.”
Since making his international debut in 2013, Richardson has played in 15 ODIs [21 wickets] and 5 T20Is  for Australia. Throwing light on the “hard decision”, the 27-year-old said, ” It’s a hard decision because of the financial rewards. “Not a lot of guys do it. I’ve put in a little bit more of a goal to play more Shield cricket [Australia’s premier First-Class tournament] and I thought if I play upwards of seven Shield games, the body is going to need a fair bit of a rest.”
Richardson was just 21-year-old when he got his first taste of IPL and hopes that there will be more opportunities in the future but right now his priority is putting together a series of strong performances to lay claim for the Baggy Green.
“I experienced it [IPL] as a young bloke and made a little bit of money over there so that makes it easier having had that happen. I’m still only 27 next so hopefully I can get over there a few more times,” he said. Source : timesofindia