Oram: IPL didn't affect us
All-rounder dismiss auction played a part in ODI tie
Last Updated: 21/02/08 8:03am
Oram: Signed by Chennai for $675,000
Jacob Oram has insisted that the auction for players in the Indian Premier League did not affect New Zealand in their fourth one-day international against England.
The match finished as a tie as New Zealand failed to secure the series clinching victory they required in Napier.
However Oram, who went for 43 runs off seven overs and dismissed for six in the match, has dismissed questions over any possible side effect from the scramble for players for the inaugural IPL disrupting the Black Caps.
All-rounder Oram, who was joined by skipper Daniel Vettori, Scott Styris and Brendon McCullum in being auctioned off, said: "When I was facing balls or running in to bowl [all I was thinking] was about what I had to do then.
"There was nothing like that [about the auction].
"I know there could be a correlation between possibly my worst bowling performance for four or five games and getting out cheaply, but if you looked at the nature of the wicket, nearly 700 runs scored, I don't think it was the bowlers day - I'm going to have days when I fail, there's no correlation from a personal level.
"It's been a pretty emotional 24 hours for myself and a few of the guys. The game was such a rollercoaster that to tie it really felt like a loss.
"Being part of that middle order that faltered, I suppose a bit more of the blame is on my shoulders, but that's gone now, we can't lose the series but we obviously want to win it on Saturday."
Oram will play for Chennai in the IPL after being signed for $675,000, while Vettori went to Delhi for $625,000, Styris joined Hyderabad for $175,000 and McCullum cost Kolkatta $700,000.
And Oram didn't believe he had gone for so much until he saw the report on the Internet.
He said: "The auction last night was weird feeling.
"I've never been in a situation where that sort of money has been thrown around or talked about and to be right in the mix of it is kind of surreal, and pleasant.
"Not seeing it like took a wee bit of the edge of it. We were basically sitting there having a few beers at the hotel celebrating Jamie How's wonderful knock, the wonderful game that it was and we were getting information through friends and family.
"When I first heard (his bid) I didn't want to believe it until I saw it in black and white on the internet. It took my breath away to be honest. I was pretty speechless for a while.
"It changes your life, it's security for the future. It's a massive shift in my whole life."