"When I was in CSK, MS Dhoni gave me lot of advices about batting"- Ex-CSK Star after parting ways with CSK
The mini auction for the next edition of the Indian Premier League was held on December 23 in Kochi, which saw some really big purchases and some players getting new teams to represent.
The likes of Sam Curran (18.5 crore), Cameron Green (17.25 crore), Ben Stokes (16.25 crore), and Nicholas Pooran (16 crore) ended up becoming some of the biggest buys in the auction event. The IPL franchises were looking to re-buy the players that they released ahead of the auction.
However, the former CSK star and wicketkeeper batter from Tamil Nadu, Narayan Jagadeesan, was roped in by the Kolkata Knight Riders. The 27-year-old was in exceptional batting form in the recently concluded Vijay Hazare Trophy. He also registered the highest ever List A score of 277 and scripted history.
Jagadeesan also scored five successive centuries in the competition and became the first player to do so. He ended up scoring 830 runs in just 8 innings during the Vijay Hazare Trophy at a staggering average of 138.55. However, he was unable to carry his form to the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.
Jagadeesan scored only 118 runs in nine innings during the T20 tournament. In a discussion on Rediff, the 27-year-old has opened up about his batting form and also recalled the advice he got from CSK skipper MS Dhoni during his stint with the franchise.
He said, "There was, of course, a mental shift, I had a more positive attitude in the ODI. MS Dhoni gave me lots of advice when I was in CSK. I used to go to him with my doubts, he has always been there. He would give me technical tips about wicket-keeping and batting. He also explained technical aspects of the game."
Notably, CSK and KKR had a small bidding war to acquire the 27-year-old. But eventually, KKR ended up signing him for INR 90 lakh. Furthermore, Jagadeesan said that more than money, his first aim was to play in the IPL, and he is happy to join KKR and looking forward to playing for them.