The 28-year-old, recently acquired by Gujarat Titans for a staggering Rs 10 crore, is poised to make a strong impression in the IPL as a stepping stone to secure his place in the national team.
Set to feature in the second T20I against West Indies at Adelaide Oval on Sunday, Johnson remains focused on the task at hand while acknowledging the significance of the opportunity before him.
“I’m just taking it in my stride, but when you sit back and think about it it’s pretty ridiculous. I’m here now and just keep going,” he remarked in an interview with ‘Perth Now’.
With an eye on the T20 World Cup, scheduled to be held in the Caribbean and the USA in June, Johnson is aware of the importance of delivering standout performances in the IPL.
“It would be nice to have a couple of performances for Australia, but the World Cup is still a long while away. And if I have a good IPL then there’s every chance I could be in that World Cup squad,” he expressed.
Johnson’s stellar performance in the Big Bash League 2023-24, where he claimed 19 wickets in 11 innings at an impressive average of 14.47, serves as a testament to his bowling prowess.
“I think what I did in the Big Bash is hopefully going to be good enough,” he stated optimistically.
Buoyed by his recent success, Johnson is eager to rise to the challenge and capitalize on the opportunity to represent his country.
“I’m looking forward to the challenge, and I’ve got some confidence going into the game definitely,” he affirmed.
(With inputs from PTI)