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Bond awaits call from SRK

One Twenty20 league cost Shane Bond the best years of his cricketing life, but another has put him right back in the mix.

cricket Updated: Jan 20, 2010 00:33 IST
Anand Vasu

One Twenty20 league cost Shane Bond the best years of his cricketing life, but another has put him right back in the mix. On Tuesday night, with the sound of champagne being uncorked ringing loud in the background, Bond said, “Things have changed dramatically. I turned on my computer before the auction began, and I was more nervous than I am before a match. I haven”t got a call from Shah Rukh Khan yet, but I hope to get one at some point.”

Bond had deliberately kept expectation levels at a bare minimum before the auction began.

“It”s weird and a bit bizarre,” Bond said, when asked what it felt like to go under the hammer. “Usually most contracts are negotiated, so you have an idea of what”s going on. Here you don”t know where you”re going to be playing or what you”re going to be doing.”

For Bond, who made a rousing return to Test cricket late last year, blowing Pakistan away at Dunedin with eight wickets, things got real bad as soon as they got good. The latest injury in a career dogged by breakdowns was an abdominal muscle tear. When he was ruled out for the rest of the series, he knew the game was up.

“Of all the ODI and T20 games I played, I never had any injury problems so it made sense to give it away, really,” said Bond, who was the centre of attraction earlier in the day at the Bert Sutcliffe Oval in Lincoln University when New Zealand polished off Zimbabwe.

With plenty of talk about the IPL auction in the air, Bond, at one point, was surrounded by former New Zealand players John Wright, Ian Smith, Nathan Astle and Geoff Allott.

Everyone, it seemed, wanted a piece of Bond. The 34-year-old certainly has his regrets, but making a Test comeback means a lot to him. “I wanted to prove things to myself. I didn”t want to come back and be a shadow of the bowler I was,” said Bond. “That last Test match proved that all that hard work was worth it. The hardest thing about the ICL and being banned was that there was nothing to motivate me. All my motivation always came from playing for New Zealand and being the best fast bowler in the world. That motivation was killed and that was the most difficult thing.”

For Bond, being picked up by the Kolkata Knight Riders is important, as it means he will play in the IPL in India in March/April, rather than be restricted to club cricket at home. With the T20 World Cup coming up, and a tour to India later in the year, the experience will help.