The 25-year-old left-handed striker was bought by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 8.5 crore at the IPL mega auction after failing to be retained by Delhi Capitals.
“It’s very exciting to play with someone like Kumar Sangakkara. A legend of the game, I’ve heard amazing things about him and I can’t wait to have his brains on certain aspects of my game, it can help become better not only in the white ball format but also in the longer version of the game with the red ball,” Hetmyer said in a statement released by the franchise.
The Guyanese striker made an impact in a finishing role for his previous franchise and he was hoping to replicate the same for the Royals in the next edition of the IPL.
“I’m really excited to get into the Royals. I’ve heard great things about the franchise from my good friend Evin Lewis, and I can’t wait to get started and have fun as a member of the team,” said the West Indian southpaw.
Hetmyer, however, played down the award, saying it’s important he plays any role he deserves.
“There’s no price pressure on me, it’s a challenge to help the Royals when I’m there. The price doesn’t really matter to me, it’s the points that I score that help contribute to the cause of the team that matter,” he said.
“I’m ready for any role the team needs me to do. It’s imperative to do well as a player in the team. And in my end, as I’ve always believed, that’s just giving me that chance to be out there and the performance will come, no matter what the game situation is.”
Playing for his third franchise in the tournament, Hetmyer was candid when talking about his IPL journey so far.
“My first IPL season at RCB was tough for a young player, and being the only West Indian in the team was tough to start in franchise cricket,” said the West Indian.
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“The IPL, in general, was a wonderful learning experience that taught me to see myself and my game differently and allowed me to learn and develop the right processes.”
The 2016 U-19 World Cup winning captain also shared his early experiences in the IPL.
“I think it was in 2018, I was lucky enough to go to a camp with the Royals in Mumbai and it was one of my first interactions with an IPL team. It was a great atmosphere there. I met some really thoughtful cricketers back then and was happy again to see some of them still with the team this season as well,” he said.
“It was fantastic to be around an IPL setup such as the Royals, and how they would approach and work towards things. I felt it was an insightful experience and something that I took with me. since.”