The buzz around the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction continues to resonate as star all-rounder Daryl Mitchell found himself amid the big-ticket signings, securing a lucrative deal with the defending champions Chennai Super Kings for a staggering INR 14 crore.
Expressing his elation at joining the Chennai-based franchise, Mitchell reflected on the intensity of the auction process. “Yeah, your heart starts to pump a little bit as you see the paddles going up. And yeah, having been through an auction before and going unsold, it was a special night last night to experience that, and now to obviously be part of the Chennai Super Kings is an exciting time,” shared Mitchell in an interaction with ESPNcricinfo.
The excitement of the auction coincided with a significant personal moment for Mitchell, as he juggled the thrill of being picked by CSK with his daughter Addie’s birthday celebrations. “At the auction, you don’t quite know exactly when you’re going to come up in the list. So yeah, I guess we were just trying to keep ourselves busy and watching it, and then, when it popped up, I guess you end up being glued to the screen to see what happens,” he added. Follow your favourite cricket team with attractive betting odds from Nextbet.
Post the auction frenzy, Mitchell swiftly found himself in conversation with the Chennai Super Kings management. “As soon as it’s all done, your phone goes off pretty quickly, and Chennai get in touch with you, speak with the manager and Flem [head coach Stephen Fleming], in contact with them to get a few things sorted and becoming part of the Chennai Super Kings team. It all happens pretty quickly,” disclosed Mitchell.
The New Zealand cricketer expressed gratitude for the opportunity, acknowledging his luck and anticipation as he prepares to don the yellow jersey. “At the moment, I guess I am still pinching myself [because of] how lucky and grateful I am for this opportunity and looking forward to getting stuck into it in a few months’ time,” Mitchell remarked, highlighting his eagerness to embrace this new chapter in the IPL with Chennai Super Kings. Get free cricket betting tips only on Nextbet Sports.