Joe Root © Getty Images
Joe Root © Getty Images

Joe Root was rested for the Trans-Tasman T20 series, featuring New Zealand and Australia, with a hope that he would secure an IPL contract. To his disappointment, Root went unsold in the 2018 IPL auctions. Considering England have a hectic schedule in the coming months, coach Trevor Bayliss had decided to give Root break during the tri-series. Now, the plan has backfired. Root would be receiving enough rest ahead of the India Test series.

Root has expressed disappointment at being unsold during the auction. He wanted the IPL contract to prepare himself for the World T20 tournament. Root was the catalyst in England’s World T20 campaign in 2016. He scored 249 runs at a strike rate of over 146. Only Virat Kohli and Bangladesh’s Tamim Iqbal scored more. Since, Root has played only 5 T20Is.

In a chat with Cricbuzz, Root let out his emotions:

On missing out IPL contract: “I was disappointed. The reason I wanted to go out there was to play more Twenty20 cricket; it wasn’t to go and earn as much money as possible. For me, I wasn’t going to fit into any one of those [IPL] teams. There’s not really much you can do. It was disappointing but it’s also very understandable. Sides have a clear idea of what they want their makeup of their team to look like and they build around that.”

“It’s completely out of my control. The amount of Twenty20 cricket I’m available to play at the moment is minimal and there’s a World T20 in a couple of years’ time. I thought it [the IPL] would be a great opportunity to get some good experience in a fantastic tournament,” he added.