Chris Woakes, the star English all-rounder, who had withdrawn himself from IPL 2020, is now regretting his decision of opting out of IPL 2020. Chris Woakes was included by Delhi Capitals in this year’s IPL auction by spending INR 1.5 crore before the pacer has withdrawn himself citing the reason of staying afresh for the England’s home summer season.
Now, when premier the tournament has already been postponed indefinitely by the COVID-19 situation, Woakes has asserted that he should not have opted out of the IPL 2020 so early. While regretting his decision, Woakes also expressed his desire to play in the IPL in upcoming seasons.
Woakes is also expecting a child in September this year and according to him this was also one of the reasons he opted out of the famed league. “By no means do I feel like I’m finished in T20. I’d still love to play in the IPL. In hindsight I probably didn’t need to pull out. I didn’t say it at the time but we’re expecting another baby in September and that added to the decision,” told The Cricketer.
“My wife wasn’t well at home. The idea of being away from home for three months was going to be too much. Family had to come first. I want to play as much cricket as I am moving forward while looking after my body. My England career is No.1 but if opportunities come up, I’d still like to play in them.”
Woakes’ absence from IPL 2020 has made Delhi Capital’s situation a little vulnerable even before the IPL 2020. Woakes had withdrawn himself at a time when Delhi Capitals were already injury riddled with Ishant Sharma’s knee injury and Rabada’s groin injury.
Chris Woakes has previously been part of Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore franchises in the IPL. The pacer, in 18 IPL games so far, has picked 25 wickets at an economy rate of over 9.