IPL 2019: Kiwi spinner Mitchell Santner thanks CSK for retaining him in the side

IPL 2019: Kiwi spinner Mitchell Santner thanks CSK for retaining him in the side

"I was really gutted to get injured before the IPL season last year," he quoted.

Mitchell Santner
Mitchell Santner of the Blackcaps celebrates. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

The 2019 edition of the IPL is about four months away. However, the build up to the tournament has already begun. Recently, the shortlisted players for the auction were named and the auctions are set to take place on December 18. Also, over the recent days, teams have named several players they wish to retain for IPL 2019. Defending champions named Mitchell Santner as one of their retentions.

It might sound a little surprising to see Mitchell Santner being retained by CSK. Santner had missed out on playing the IPL last year due to an injury. Despite missing out on the entire season, he has found a place in the squad. Well, one can never predict what CSK think tank can come up with. Santner expressed his gratitude to the team for having retained him for the upcoming season.

“Definitely looking forward to the 2019 IPL with CSK and doing all I can to ideally help the team ideally lift the trophy for the fourth time,” Mitchell Santner quoted as per the quotes in Times Now.

‘Gutted to have missed 2018 season’

Commenting further on the same note, Santner remarked that he was gutted to have missed out on the action last year. He is grateful to coach Stephen Fleming and the franchise for retaining him this year. He is looking forward to the challenge and doing well. He credited the franchise for having played exceptionally well in the previous edition to win the title. He is optimistic of seeing the side lift the trophy one more time in the 2019 edition of the tournament.

“I was really gutted to get injured before the IPL season so for Flem (coach Stephen Fleming) and the Chennai Super Kings to retain me for the upcoming season is a huge honour for me,” Santner remarked further.

“Everyone stepped up when required and the team gelled well together. Its a credit to everyone involved at CSK. So lets do it all again in the 2019 IPL and get that fourth title,” conceded the left arm spinner.

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