IPL 7 Auction: Corey Anderson to Start Bidding War Amongst Franchises After Record ODI Century?

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By Deepak Vikraman | January 2, 2014 8:50 PM EST

Dwayne Bravo wants CSK to buy Corey Anderson during th IPL 7 auction. Saikat Das/IPL/SPORTZPICS
Dwayne Bravo wants CSK to buy Corey Anderson during th IPL 7 auction. Saikat Das/IPL/SPORTZPICS

If there ever was a good time to get yourself in the IPL shopping window, now would be it, and in that regard Corey Anderson could not have timed his record hundred - the fastest ever in ODI cricket - better.

The 36-ball I-hit-it-it-goes-for-a-six knock was some of the cleanest hitting you will ever see in cricket, with Anderson in that zone that every batsman dreams of -- where a cricket ball looks like a nice, big football to be clobbered to all parts of the ground.

That century would no doubt have raised a few eyebrows amongst the eight franchises, all getting ready for a we-want-him, no-we-want-him you-snooze-you-lose IPL 7 auction, set for February 12.

West Indies skipper Dwayne Bravo, who was at the receiving end of a lot of those sixes and fours from the blade of Anderson, already began his recruiting drive, asking his IPL franchise the Chennai Super Kings to snap the New Zealand all-rounder up during the auction.

"Hope to see him in Chennai Super Kings, the auction is around the corner and hopefully MS [Dhoni] and Flem [coach Stephen Fleming] pick him up, it's going to be a bonus for us, a great knock," Bravo said.

"The way how the guy batted, it was not just slogging, you know he played proper cricket shots, that shows someone can bat, has the ability to bat, turn over strike ever so often, hit straight, hit clean, and he's powerful, so why not. This innings is a big innings, it will do him a lot of favours."

Of course Bravo himself might not be a part of the CSK squad next year, with the teams yet to decide on whom to retain - a maximum of five for each franchise is allowed.

Anderson, whose innings of 131 from 47 balls, included six fours and a massive 14 sixes, is not getting carried away with the attention he is receiving after breaking Shahid Afridi's long-held 37-ball record.

"Those things float about. I'm happy where I am at with New Zealand, I'm still trying to cement my place as well," the 23-year-old said, while adding he was not aware of the fact that he had just broken the record for the fastest ever international century.

"No, not really, I just thought it was a pretty quick hundred, I didn't realise that it was the fastest."

If Anderson can carry on with this form, and show the same kind of attacking nous when India come for a visit later in the month, then the New Zealand all-rounder could just find himself bagging a huge IPL contract come February.

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Dwayne Bravo wants CSK to buy Corey Anderson during th IPL 7 auction. SAikat Das/IPL/SPORTZPICS
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