Cricket: ex-Gosnells star D’Arcy Short aims long ahead of IPL debut

D'Arcy Short playing for Australia. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images
D'Arcy Short playing for Australia. Picture: Scott Barbour/Getty Images

D’ARCY Short is hoping to take the form from his breakout Big Bash season into his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut.

The Hobart Hurricanes batsman went from relative unknown at the start of the season to the name on everybody’s lips by the end, after notching a league-best 572 runs (almost 130 more runs than anyone else) at an average of 57.20 to be named Player of the Tournament.

His superb season helped Hobart to the Big Bash Final and catapulted him into the national side for the Twenty20 series against England and New Zealand.

The good news kept coming for Short, who plays for WA at Sheffield Shield level, as he was sold for $775,000 to Rajasthan Royals at the IPL auction.

It marked an astonishing turnaround in fortunes for Short, who was contracted to Willetton for this Premier Cricket season, but the opener said he was always confident of producing at the highest level.

“I backed my ability and I knew if I stuck to what I knew, I’d score runs and it paid off,” he said.

“Hopefully I can take that confidence into the IPL as well and do the same thing.”

The ex-Gosnells batsman said he was shocked to see himself fetch such a high price at the auction.

“I didn’t really believe it because I didn’t watch it, I had other people telling me what I was going for,” he said.

“I was probably a little bit nervous to start with to see whether I was going, but it hasn’t really sunk in for me.”

Short said his international debut was a proud moment and he had no plans of surrendering his place in the national team.

“Just having a taste of it and doing ok made me kind of what it want a bit more now and hopefully I can go further with it,” he said.