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‘A life-changing event’

Wellington: New Zealand all-rounder Corey Anderson, in news of late for his explosive performances, could not believe his luck that he has been snapped up by IPL VI champions Mumbai Indians for Rs 4.5 crore at the players' auction, in Bangalore, on Wednesday.

So overwhelmed is Anderson that he has termed the deal as a “life-changing event”.

Anderson, who scored the fastest ODI century smashing a 36-ball century to break Shahid Afridi’s record, expectedly got a decent package of Rs 4.5 crore.

“I thought it was crazy… To see it unfold in front of your eyes, it felt like a little game you might play with your mates then you have to pinch yourself and realise that it’s real money they’re throwing around. It hasn’t sunk in yet,” Anderson was quoted as saying by the stuff.co.nz.

“It’s pretty surreal… Watching the auction unfold, it’s hard to explain. There are times when you think you’re going to get picked up and times when you are not too sure. You see people who aren’t picked up and wonder why, then guys are picked up for more than what you think they might get,” he said.

“Hopefully, I’ll get some sleep and then get ready for training… It’s a life-changing event and it’s pretty exciting,” Anderson added.

The 23-year-old all-rounder followed his first IPL auction over the internet at the team’s Wellington hotel, with bowling coach Shane Bond, physiotherapist Paul Close and security officer Sam Dickason. New Zealand’s second and final Test against India begins on Friday, at the Basin Reserve. The all-rounder was flooded with congratulatory texts and calls soon after he was lapped up by the Mumbai Indians.

Anderson’s fortunes were pushed at the auction from his base price of Rs 1 crore when a three-way fight broke out between the Rajasthan Royals, the Delhi DareDevils and the Sunrisers Hyderabad. But it was the Mumbai outfit which eventually got Anderson, who will now joins the likes of T20 big guns Sri Lanka’s Lasith Malinga and West Indies’ Kieron Pollard in a team captained by Rohit Sharma.

Anderson was one of five New Zealanders picked up on the opening day of the auction, along side captain Brendon McCullum, Tim Southee, Jimmy Neesham and Matt Henry.

McCullum attracted bids from the Mumbai Indians before he was fetched by Chennai Super Kings for Rs 3.25 crore. The Super Kings also bought pacer Henry for Rs 30 lakh late in the auction, while Neesham went for Rs 1 crore to the DareDevils. Southee was picked up by the Royals for Rs 1.2 crore.

However, New Zealand’s hard-hitting batsman Ross Taylor failed to attract a buyer at his base price of Rs 2 crore. Other New Zealand cricketers who missed the bus on Wednesday are Jesse Ryder, Nathan McCullum, Kyle Mills, Luke Ronchi, Martin Guptill, Hamish Rutherford, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Jacob Oram and James Franklin.