OPINION: What an incredible summer it's been for Black Caps all-rounder Corey Anderson.
And chances are, in a couple of weeks' time, he could very easily become the highest paid cricketer in the country when the Indian Premier League auction begins.
That the burly 23-year-old Cantabrian has made waves during his short time in the New Zealand setup comes as no surprise.
If anything, many cricket pundits expected this from him as far back as four years ago.
After all, he was the youngest Kiwi schoolboy cricketer to ever be offered a professional contract.
His move from Canterbury to Northern Districts in 2011 has been a winning one, too, and his fitness regime and work ethic there is, I'm told, superb.
Anderson's always had talent - that much we knew from his high school cricketing days.
But, finally, after working hard to break into the New Zealand side, he's starting to get some serious rewards.
With the IPL auction set to get underway on February 12, it would be impossible for Anderson not to be thinking about what may soon transpire.
After his incredible heroics with the bat - both against the West Indies and India - everybody is talking about what sort of price this young man will fetch on the auction block.
Will it be a million dollars? Will it be more? The sky's the limit, really.
He's certainly done nothing this summer to hinder his prospects.
Carving up the Indian bowling attack with some of the biggest sixes seen while millions are glued to their television sets in the subcontinent will have made Anderson a household name in India.
Add to that the fact he's playing against Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma - the respective captains of Chennai Super Kings, Royal Challengers Bangalore and the Mumbai Indians - and it's all looking good.
But just for good measure, those three franchises also happen to be coached by New Zealanders in Stephen Fleming, Daniel Vettori and John Wright.
Actually, as far as Anderson's concerned, things are not just looking good, but great.
They say timing is everything and the New Zealand allrounder has certainly timed his meteoric rise to perfection.
For a young man with the prospect of a massive payday around the corner, it must be hard for Anderson to try and focus on the job at hand.
I'd suggest he embrace it, try and enjoy the attention and just keep focusing on performing well for New Zealand.
The rest, as they say, will take care of itself.
Of course, playing in the IPL, while lucrative, can also have its challenges.
As both Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor have found out in the past year or two, it can be a pretty harsh environment.
For Anderson, it won't be easy. But if there's one thing he's proven so far, he's up for the challenge.
Speaking of fighters, it was interesting to see Kyle Mills left out of the playing XI for the first one-dayer against India last Sunday.
As far as I'm concerned, Mills remains our premier one-day bowler and I wonder what the logic was behind leaving him out.
Yes, he's nearing the end of his career and is perhaps a little down on pace these days. But we shouldn't forget he was once ranked the best one-day bowler in the world and still has a lot to offer, especially with the World Cup a mere year away.
Once back in the playing side for the second one-dayer in Hamilton, Mills showed he still has it.
I understand the desire to give Adam Milne time in the middle. And I appreciate that Hamish Bennett offers something different.
But Mills, to me, is still the best one-day bowler in the country and, should New Zealand genuinely threaten at the World Cup next year, he needs to be in the side.
- Sunday News
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