Australian recruit for Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders Nathan Coulter-Nile has suggested IPL Governing Council should have a look at the rules of IPL after he claimed their crucial wickets in a rain-truncated IPL 2017 Eliminator against David Warner-led Sunrisers Hyderabad.
“I think there is so much time, rules probably need to be looked at, I mean its 2 am, and you can’t be playing cricket at 2 o’ clock. But I wasn’t nervous at all. There was so much time, we had to get on,” Nathan Coulter-Nile was quoted as saying by PTI.
Following the endless wait, it was Gautam Gambhir, who led his side to a seven-wicket win after the target was reduced to 48 in six overs owing to the Duckworth-Lewis Method.
“Well, no one really got nervous until when they went out there for the last look at about 12:40 am. It sorted of looked like I didn’t wanna (want to) play,” Coulter-Nile said.
It further could be termed as a fateful win for Kolkata Knight Riders after rain halts the game for around three hours when Sunrisers Hyderabad completed their innings at 128 for nine in 20 overs.
While praising Umesh Yadav and Trent Boult for sharing the ideas which not only helped him in his bowling during the Eliminator game, but he feels he would become better bowler match after match.
“I think I bowled the seventh or eighth over and they said ‘Look, cross-seamers into the wicket, throw them hard’ and you really rely on your teammates to give you some pointers on what to do,” Coulter-Nile revealed.
In his four over, the Western Australia-born right-arm Coulter-Nile bowled with composed line and length and further contained aggressive batsmen of Sunrisers Hyderabad, who struggled with the bat.
Coulter-Nile claimed the wickets of Kane Williamson, Vijay Shankar and Chris Jordan while conceding just three runs in his fourth over to pick two wickets in the penultimate over of the first innings, adding Piyush Chawla, who dismissed David Warner, was the turning point, according to the 29-year-old bowler.
“Piyush removed Warner that I thought was the turning point. He is that kind of a bloke who can turn a 130 into a 150 or 160. That started with the first over,” Coulter-Nile added.
Coulter-Nile, who has bagged 14 wickets in this season at an average of 15.21 for Knight Riders in his seven outing revealed while considering the fact that on a Bangalore’s slow surface chasing 129 would have been a tough task to do.
“When it was raining, we were quietly confident because 12.50 am was the cut off time. It kept raining and raining. The covers kept coming on and off. So, we were getting twitchy,” Coulter-Nile asserted.
While talking at the post-match conference on Thursday morning, Coulter-Nile revealed the painful moments after recovering from a head injury when he was hit on the helmet against Rising Pune Supergiant.
“It is feeling little better as it was a couple of days ago. I never thought it would affect me as much as it did. I went to bed at 10 pm and woke up at 7 pm the next day and I had headaches. I am glad it is over now,” Coulter-Nile concluded.
In 25 IPL matches so far, Nathan Coulter-Nile has claimed 35 wickets at an average of 20.11 while having an overall economy rate of 7.75.