Big Paycheck Moment Will Last With Us For The Rest Of Our Lives: Daryl Mitchell

Hamilton (New Zealand):

When New Zealander Daryl Mitchell was bought for a whopping Rs 14 crore by Chennai Super Kings during the IPL auction, he was wrapping gifts for his daughter’s birthday at his home and his heart rate rose when his name appeared on the screen. His family kept domestic chores aside and remained glued to the television. In a matter of minutes, the 32-year-old secured a life-changing paycheck at the auction in Dubai on Tuesday. “It was obviously a pretty special night for us as a family, sitting here with my wife and watching the whole auction,” Mitchell said, according to local media. “Seeing your name come up and then going through that whole experience is definitely something that will stay with us for the rest of our lives.” Mitchell became the second most expensive Black Caps ever bought in the IPL’s 15-year history, level with Kane Williamson and only behind Kyle Jamieson, who was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 15 crore in 2021.

“(Older daughter) Addie’s birthday is today (Wednesday), so gifts were wrapped and stuff like that while the auction was going on. At the auction, you don’t know exactly when you’re going to get on the list.

“So yeah, I guess we were just trying to keep ourselves busy and watch it, and then when it came on, I guess you end up glued to the screen to see what happens.” Mitchell, who starred with the bat at the ODI World Cup, has played in the IPL once before and has made two appearances for Rajasthan Royals during the 2022 season, where his services were acquired for his base price of Rs 75 lakh.

He is an established member of the New Zealand national team across formats, having played 20 Tests, 39 ODIs and 56 T20Is.

He joins Devon Conway, Mitchell Santner and Rachin Ravindra at Chennai Super Kings next year as they look to defend their title under coach Stephen Fleming and captain MS Dhoni.

“Your heart starts pumping a little bit when you see the paddles go up,” he said.

“But having been through the auction before and going unsold, it was a pretty special night last night to experience it.” He said the eye-popping sum will help establish his family in many ways.

“It’s my oldest daughter’s fifth birthday today (Wednesday) so I got her a pretty good present when I woke up. Not that she understands what’s going on but … it will help us start the family in many ways.

“So they (the two daughters) can grow up and enjoy the things they love, and to me that’s the really cool thing about it, and they’re the reason you do all this.”

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