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Updated: February 14, 2014 02:32 IST

Badrinath: It’s a blow to my chest

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S. Badrinath
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S. Badrinath

S. Badrinath, an intrinsic part of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise for six years, remained unsold at the end of the two-day Indian Premier League (IPL) auction in Bangalore on Thursday.

The Tamil Nadu batsman, understandably, appeared shattered by the outcome. “I am 100 per cent disappointed. It’s a blow to my chest. I really don’t know how to react. I have to look forward and stay positive. It’s important to move on,” he told The Hindu.

While Badrinath wasn’t picked up by any team on Wednesday, a flicker of hope presented itself when his name came up for auction again on the second day. However, no franchise bid for him. “I was optimistic about being picked up at least the second time because initially teams generally have different options and go for them,” he said.

Did he feel let down by CSK as it didn’t bid for him? “I have played 90-odd (95) games for CSK and I have a good record in the IPL. I am not blaming the CSK because they might have had something else in mind. I was disappointed because I didn’t receive a single bid from any franchise,” said Badrinath.

Having set a base price of Rs. 1 crore for himself, did he limit his chances? “I don’t think it’s a factor. I had based it on my experience, my contribution and records.”

When asked if members of the cricketing fraternity had got in touch with him, the 33-year-old replied in the negative. “No one has called me yet. I have only my family and very close friends for support.”

Badrinath admitted he would miss being part of the IPL. “It’s been a big influence on my life and career. It’s hard to digest, but it’s not the end of everything. It’s probably the case only this year.”

Contrasting feeling

Meanwhile, on the other end of the emotional spectrum were B. Aparajith and Vijay Shankar, both of whom were picked up for Rs. 10 lakh each.

“Since it’s the first time there’s an auction for uncapped players, I had no idea how it would pan out. I knew my name was to come up in the first lot in the morning. It was a different feeling to see my name in the auction. I am very happy to be playing for CSK again,” said the 19-year-old Aparajith.

Vijay Shankar said he experienced a flush of thrill as his name was announced in the auction.

“I was with my family watching the auction and there was anxiety. (But) It was all over in five seconds. I am thrilled to be a part of CSK.”

When you are born one truth you accept is it is not a fair world and will never be. India and
Indian cricket are nasty places. Badri, my heart goes out for you! Buck up. Something better
will turn up.

from:  Ravi
Posted on: Feb 15, 2014 at 18:38 IST

Badri, world is a cruel place. Don't worry you are already a crore pathi. Honesty and hard work has no place in today's world. You deserve better than many of your colleagues who are in IPL and world knows it.

from:  chandra
Posted on: Feb 15, 2014 at 16:09 IST

In response to the first comment, In our country we have very few real heroes. Still, we fail to give them the respect they deserve. I fail to understand how MSD can be held responsible for Badri's exclusion. Without Dhoni, CSK would find it very difficult to win tight matches. Hope, one day TATA's will own an IPL team and we will fill it with more and more Jharkhandi players for Jharkhandi look.

from:  Ashutosh
Posted on: Feb 14, 2014 at 20:29 IST

Badri, Just sit and think how many times you had dasshed with MSD while running between the wickets.. Don't worry, you will get better bid next time for sure, because people will realize your presence only on your absence.

from:  Ganesh
Posted on: Feb 14, 2014 at 19:00 IST

An an ardent fan of Badri. Take it that every thing is for good.
Badri, still you have potential to earn your place in test team.
Work for it. Best wishes.

from:  S.Ramamurthi
Posted on: Feb 14, 2014 at 16:57 IST

CSK will be feeling the absence of Hussey and Badri. He has no fireworks, no flamboyance ,
just reliability with a decent stroke rate. CSK should engage him in some capacity to bolster
their coaching staff.

from:  Ram Venkat
Posted on: Feb 14, 2014 at 16:41 IST

Cant believe that no one raised a bid .. i was pretty sure that CSK will
pick him again. But maybe the base price was too high, considering CSK
had only little left in their pouch when Badri came up in auction. If
Badri was bought in the first session of the auction some team would
have definitely picked him. After all he was the one who has saved CSK
in lot of matches and I love watching him play. Badri the unsung hero.

from:  Arun
Posted on: Feb 14, 2014 at 16:03 IST

Initially its a tough one for not seeing Badri in forthcoming IPL. We thought that Mr cool would have selected him. but it wasn't happened. since his performance was not up to the mark in previous IPL. so they decided not to bid him. Though he has played for CSK for the past 6 years overall it was good, but consistency was not there. Family and Friends support are there for him. Hope Badri all the best for your future.

from:  Manikandan Chinnaswamy
Posted on: Feb 14, 2014 at 15:00 IST

Having gone through some difficult time myself, i understand what Badri
must be going through. Its important he fights hard to come back strong.
He must keep his motivation level high. Good atleast someone(family &
friends) is supporting him. Tough time for Badri. Wish you will come
back strong soon and create history.

from:  Raj
Posted on: Feb 14, 2014 at 14:41 IST

Its the good decision, just go back and see your performance you are
capable for only test cricket not for t20. I think you itself know
about your capability...

from:  karthi
Posted on: Feb 14, 2014 at 14:05 IST

He did a good job for CSK over the years. His base price might have
ruined the chances of picking him. CSK will miss you when they are 3 or
4 wickets down in early in the innings!!

from:  Karu
Posted on: Feb 14, 2014 at 08:23 IST

In fact, he should be happy to have come out of a scandalous pit of
corrupt worm conducting shamelessly a gamble called cricket in a format
that is nothing less equal to highway prostitution. Look at the names
involved in the corrupt match fixing deals!

from:  C. Sachidananda Narayanan
Posted on: Feb 14, 2014 at 08:13 IST

First of all, Badrinath only has to blame himself rather than blaming
everyone else. Everyone knows he has limited range of strokes and can
only help in steadying the ship in case of fall of quick wickets and
stem the slide. Had he set a lower base price or himself say, Rs. 50
lakh or so, who knows? the competitive bidding could have taken his
value even much more beyond Rs. 1 crore mark as in the ase of a few
lesser known, lesser talented batsmen.

CSK has lots its Chennai look and I really doubt if the team can
attract crowds as we'd find it difficult to identify ourselves with
Jaddus, Mohits and Nehras. I believe more than the team owners, it's
MSD who influenced the buying and the team's composition. It's time
CSK gets rid of MSD and gives chance to more TN players and wears a
real CHENNAI look. Now that everyone knows IPL is a farce, hiking the
ticket prices only would kill the goose that lays golden eggs for the
owners and make them bankrupt.

from:  Aarkay
Posted on: Feb 14, 2014 at 05:31 IST
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