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IPL 2021: Moises Henriques didn’t expect to get picked during the auction

Moises Henriques was among the expensive players during last month’s IPL mini-auction as he was picked by Punjab Kings for Rs 4.2 crores. The Australian all-rounder recently revealed that since he did not expect to get picked by any team, he was sleeping during the most profitable moment of his career.

While talking to Circket.com.au, Henriques said, “I was not expecting to get picked up at all. It wasn’t until I woke up to go to the bathroom that I noticed I saw a couple of messages saying congrats on the pick-up and I thought, ‘That’s nice,’ and tried to go back to sleep as soon as possible. I just assumed I would have been picked up at the base price. Then it wasn’t until I woke up properly in the morning that I realised how much I went for.”

Henriques is an IPL veteran and has played 57 matches so far since 2009. He has been part of various franchises such as Delhi Daredevils, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians, and Royal Challengers Bangalore. The 34-year-old will now join PBKS for IPL 2021 with compatriots Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith, who were acquired by the team for Rs 14 crore and Rs 8 crores, respectively.

After leading Sydney Sixers to their second straight (third overall) BBL title, he is hoping to perform well in IPL to make it to Australia’s T20 squad. The all-rounder also expressed his disappointment over the recently cancelled Australia’s tour of South Africa. Henriques admitted that he is also disappointed to miss out on a place in Australia’s team that is playing T-20 series against New Zealand after the tour against South Africa was cancelled. He is looking forward to winning back the place in the team by performing well in IPL 2021.

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