IPL 2017: Jason Roy terms his journey with Gujarat Lions 'a bit of a waste' before Champions Trophy!

Jason Roy has played only 3 matches for Gujarat Lions scoring 59 in 3 innings which includes a match where he replaced Aaron Finch

We had so many expectations from fiery English opener Jason Roy as he was roped in by Gujarat Lions in Indian Premier League (IPL) Player Auction 2017. But, it is disheartening to hear that Roy considers his IPL debut year ‘a bit of waste’. He has not been given many chances up the order, instead, Finch has been given preference ahead of him. In one of the matches, he was selected in the side because Finch left his kitbag at Rajkot.

Roy told a leading news-publishing website about his plans before Champions Trophy, “I’m discussing with (Director of England Cricket) Andrew Strauss, whether to come back out here to the IPL or to get cracking with Surrey in the Royal London (Cup). I think it is probably a good idea to get my head round 50-over cricket as much as possible especially if I’m not really playing a huge amount out here in India, it is just a bit of a waste really.”

Roy has scored 59 runs from the three matches he played at an average of 29.50 and a decent strike rate of 147.50. He is due for a big score for GL. Although, his chances of getting a permanent berth in the side are low given the weak bowling attack GL has.

He went on to discuss his schedule as well, he said, “I’m due to come back for the Ireland game and then after that, I could have three games for Surrey before the South Africa series. So that would be great preparation, I think. I’m in good form, but there is not much I can do about selection. I’m training as hard as I can and I’m taking the positives out it by getting ready for the English season. I’m definitely making the most of it and doing things that will benefit me not just now but over the next couple of months with the Champions Trophy coming up.”