Bond beams at IPL price
Shane Bond was delighted with the price put on his services in the Indian Premier League auction.
Last Updated: 20/01/10 7:22am
Shane Bond was delighted to have been one of the most sort-after cricketers in the Indian Premier League auction after watching his services being snapped up by the Kolkata Knight Riders.
New Zealand paceman Bond went for the maximum price of $750,000, with the Knight Riders then outbidding Deccan Chargers and Chennai Super Kings in a final sealed bid process.
The 34-year-old was happy just to be picked, with so many stars not taken in the auction, and he was delighted to have been so popular.
"It was unbelievable. I was just hoping to get picked up and had been relaxed all day. But once I sat down to watch it I got a little bit nervous," he said.
"I had the good or the bad (situation) of watching half-a-dozen guys go before me and some guys missed out and some did well. I had no idea what was going to happen. I'm just pleased it turned out well."
Bond watched the auction live and was delighted that his value reached the maximum allowed.
"I was already celebrating once it got all the way the up," said Bond of the winning bid.
"The thing for me was just wanting to know who I was playing for. I'm really pleased to be playing for Kolkata and I'm really looking forward to it."
Bond will join New Zealand team-mate Brendon McCullum at the Knight Riders.
"Brendon speaks highly of the franchise," he added. "I've played a lot of cricket with Baz and we're good mates. It's great to be playing alongside him.
"I'm really looking forward to Eden Gardens. I haven't played there. That size crowd and the passion of Indian fans. Kolkata is a very popular franchise so there is a lot of pressure. But to get the opportunity to do that at my stage in my career is brilliant."
Twelve months ago Bond was still in cricketing exile after playing in the unsanctioned Indian Cricket League, and although he has now retired from Test cricket he is delighted to be back in the fold.
"I thought I might be doing some normal job by now," he joked. "The last year has been great. I've put in a lot of hard work. I suppose last night there was a moment when I sat back and reflected on all the work that I'd done to get back and I suppose I've got rewarded for it.
"Even though things haven't worked out in terms of having this latest injury and having to retire (from Test cricket) there's quiet satisfaction that all that hard work was worth it."
Bond will still be fired up to play international one-day cricket for the Black Caps though, and targets a return from his current injury in February to face Australia.
"I love playing the Aussies, especially playing them at home. It's always a huge series and always followed massively," he said.
"That's my main focus really. I'll worry about the IPL once the Aussie series is done.
"The IPL is going to be a great competition and it also gives me great cricket before the T20 World Cup as well. I'm just pleased that for the next few months I've got a real nice run of cricket."