Trinidad and Tobago all-rounder Kevon Cooper said he wants to play a big role in next year's Caribbean Twenty20 and is hoping the experience he gained from playing in the Indian Premier League can help him do just that.
Cooper was bought by Rajasthan Royals for US$50,000 and had some encouraging performances in the IPL before a knee injury ended his campaign early.
"Getting injured was disappointing after having a great start. I am now coming back out of injury and I am working very hard with the trainer to get back to full fitness for the Caribbean Twenty20," Cooper told the Express.
"I am about 85 per cent fit but I still have some work to do. I have been working hard and I think I will have a big part to play in this Caribbean T20 coming up next year and hopefully we can win the tournament three times straight," the all-rounder added.
Cooper believes he learned a lot from his brief time in the IPL and wants to bring that experience back to the T&T team who are currently preparing for next year's Caribbean T20 to be held in Trinidad and St Lucia from January 6-20.
The 23-year-old all-rounder had a dream debut in the IPL, picking up four wickets in his first match against Kings XI Punjab
He played six games in the 2012 IPL, picking up ten wickets at an economy rate of 7.25 before he suffered a knee fracture while attempting a catch on the boundary during the match against Delhi Daredevils.
Four months later, Cooper took up a contract with Uthura Rudras in the Sri Lankan Premier League T20. He also played for Chittagong Kings in the Bangladesh Premier League in February.
"I think the experience was great. I learned a lot and hopefully the experience I gained from playing in India and Bangladesh and playing against some of the best players from across the world will help me raise my game and hopefully I can share that experience with my teammates in T&T and hopefully we can win the Caribbean T20 again," he said.
He noted that it was a "big thing" for him to get called to play in the IPL after performing well for T&T in the 2011 Champions League T20 and is looking forward to making a big name for himself in years to come.
"It was a special moment for me and it was special time for me playing in the IPL. I wasn't really expecting it. Hearing my name called for the IPL was like a dream come through for me and all I wanted to do was go out there and perform as a player and I did have some good performances in my first few games but unfortunately it was a short stay after getting injured but I am looking forward to IPL next year and really making a name for myself," Cooper added.
"I think next year, please God, I have a good opportunity, once I keep fit and stay focused on my game, to show the world what I can do...hopefully I can have a good IPL season," he said.
Cooper confirmed that he will be going back to play with Rajasthan Royals for next year's IPL.
He said: "I am really looking forward to playing with those guys (Rajasthan Royals players). They are a great bunch of guys. I enjoy playing there. I enjoy playing with Rahul Dravid...a legend...one of the greatest batsmen that ever played the game.
"It is just an honour for me to be in the same dressing room with him and him sharing his knowledge with me. I am really looking forward to the IPL next year and hopefully I can perform as well as when I started off."