Source - cricket365.com
Western Australia batsman Luke Ronchi has given the Indian Premier League the thumbs-up despite a brief and difficult stint with the Mumbai Indians.
Ronchi only played four matches in the IPL, scoring a meagre 34 runs before he made way for the return of Sachin Tendulkar.
Despite his short stint and lack of runs Ronchi, who has a three-year contract in place with the Mumbai Indians, spoke glowingly of his experience.
"It was like nothing I'd experienced in my life. It was well worth the trip," he said after returning to Australia after the Indians failed to reach the semi-finals.
"Walking out to face the first ball in the tournament was out of this world.
"There was a tremendous din in the stadium and I started shaking as the bowler was running in. You get used to it once you play a couple of games."
Ronchi had originally not registered his name in the IPL's initial auction, but was enticed to Mumbai after a sensational 2007-08 season for Western Australia, where he scored the fasted domestic one-day century in history off 56 balls.
He opened the batting alongside Sri Lanka veteran Sanath Jayasuriya in the opening few games in front of sell-out crowds and believes that the IPL will only get bigger in the coming years.
He said: "I think a more English players would come in. And there is also talk of unlimited funds for franchisees to buy whoever they want.
"If that happens, it's going to be out of this world. Some players are going to make a lot of money."
Ronchi believes fellow Australian Shaun Marsh can be one of them.
Marsh, who has never played for his country, currently wears the Orange Cap for the highest run-scorer in the IPL.
Marsh has scored 593 runs from 10 matches at an average of 74.12 and could score more when his team, Punjab Kings XI, meets Chennai Super Kings in the semi-finals.
Indeed, Marsh has been rated the best value for money player in the IPL after the left-handed Western Australian was enticed to Punjab by his WA coach Tom Moody for the minor sum of just US 30,000, a trifle compared to the
1.7 million paid to India's national one-day skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
"He's doing really well. Just doing the simple stuff," Ronchi said on Marsh's form.
"He's actually pretty embarrassed by it I think in a way. People have gone gone crazy for him over there. It's looking good for him."