Fast bowler Jhye Richardson didn’t want to have high expectations for the IPL auction, before a result which left him numb

Jhye Richardson’s phone “blew up” when the fast bowler shocked even himself with a life-changing $2.48 million windfall after an Indian Premier League auction experience which left him mentally exhausted.

The West Australian fast bowler was one of three big Aussie winners from the auction on Thursday night which delivered himself, Glenn Maxwell and fellow quick Riley Meredith more than $6 million in contracts.

Richardson, who is in Christchurch with the Australian T20 squad, which includes Maxwell and Meredith, his new teammate at the Punjab Kings, said his only hope was just to get picked up.

But as the leading wicket-taker in the Big Bash season just gone, the 24-year-old was hot property and said the result was “amazing” and “life-changing”.

He spent the auction, which he watched himself, in a group chat with friends, trying to convert Indian Rupees to Australian dollars, before his name was called.

Then, his name dropped, and the maths made his head-spin as the massive figure sunk it.

“The emotions take over, you double-check it, triple-check it, quadruple check it. It took a moment and it’s still sinking in,” Richardson said on Friday.

“I was scribbling on papers, nervous hands and all that.”

Jhye Richardson is an IPL millionaire! @PunjabKingsIPL have just purchased him for almost $2.5million AUD! #IPLAuction2021 live: https://t.co/uiXv7T3T8Tpic.twitter.com/f0JgFfvO2M

Richardson said the actual experience left him “exhausted”.

“I was looking and I know my name came up and I got this wave of almost (being) nauseous not knowing what to expect,” he said.

“To me, what felt like about 20 minutes, no-one put their paddle up and it was “oh no”.

“Then the first paddle went up, which was probably realistically 10 seconds or five seconds, but it felt like a lifetime.

“Then after that it kept going up.

“I don’t know what was said, it’s almost a blank. After everything happened you are really excited and then you just hit this massive wall.

“I had all these messages coming through then crashed. I was exhausted.

“I feel like played a game yesterday. I have mentally exhausted myself of so many emotions, really sick and excited. It’s still sinking in that’s for sure.”

AAAND SOLD! 💸

Lives have changed overnight after the #IPLAuction. Jhye Richardson and @Gmaxi_32 were the big winners of the Aussies picking up $2.48 and $2.52 million respectively, while @[email protected] snared Steve Smith for a bargain at $390k! 🇦🇺 pic.twitter.com/XMZk3DerNW

He said a message from his partner, Jess, who was at work in Perth, ensured he would “keep my mead screwed on” despite becoming an instant millionaire.

The result marked a massive turnaround in fortunes for Richardson who has endured a horror 18 months after badly hurting his shoulder playing for Australia in a one-day game, in India, in 2019.

The injury ruled him out of the World Cup and the subsequent Ashes series, and then when COVID-19 shut down cricket in 2020, he opted for surgery.

Richardson didn’t play the early rounds of the Sheffield Shield last November, readying himself for a stunning Big Bash campaign in which he took 29 wickets for the Perth Scorchers, earned an international recall, and now a massive payday.

“It was such a big thing to go through. There are so many things that go through your mind about whether you are going to reach your full potential. and things were going so well before I hurt my shoulder,” he said,

“I had amazing people around me to say I would get back, and the longer I heard t the more I believed it. and when you believe in yourself you can reach your potential. It’s been an amazing journey, and it’s not over yet.”

EVERY AUSSIE PURCHASED IN THE IPL AUCTION

Glenn Maxwell $2.52 million (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Jhye Richardson $2.48 million (Punjab Kings)
Riley Meredith $1.42 million (Punjab Kings)
Nathan Coulter-Nile $885,000 (Mumbai Indians)
Dan Christian $850,000 (Royal Challengers Bangalore)
Moises Henriques $743,000 (Punjab Kings)
Steve Smith $390,000 (Delhi Capitals)
Ben Cutting $132,750 (Kolkata Knight Riders)

UNSOLD AUSSIES
Alex Carey, Shaun Marsh, Aaron Finch, Marnus Labuschagne, Jason Behrendorff, Billy Stanlake, Matthew Wade, Hilton Cartwright, James Faulkner, Ben McDermott, Sean Abbott, Joel Paris, Jack Wildermuth, Brendan Doggett, Mark Steketee, Ben Dwarshuis, Chris Green, Wes Agar, Josh Inglis, Nathan Ellis, Tanveer Sangha, Max Bryant, Jake Weatherald, Matt Kelly, Tim David, Aaron Hardie, Nathan McAndrew


RETAINED AUSSIES


Josh Hazlewood (Chennai Super Kings), Marcus Stoinis, Daniel Sams (Delhi Capitals), Pat Cummins (Kolkata Knight Riders), Chris Lynn (Mumbai Indians), Andrew Tye (Rajasthan Royals), Josh Philippe, Adam Zampa, Kane Richardson (Royal Challengers Bangalore), David Warner, Mitchell Marsh (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

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