A few days ago, former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson had admitted that he was extremely pumped up for the upcoming edition of the IPL. However, once the tournament began, Johnson looked extremely ordinary and all his talk seemed to have been in the thin air. Johnson, who played in the first two games for the Kings XI Punjab, was benched for the game against the Rising Pune Supergiants.
In Johnson’s absence, South African pacer Kyle Abbott did a decent job as he picked up a wicket. In his recent column, Johnson admitted that he would take a call on his future only after this edition of the IPL ended. It was earlier thought that Johnson would carry on playing T20’s across the globe for different franchises.
Johnson, in his column, stated that he would get better as he bowled more. “I actually feel fine having returned to competitive cricket after a long time off,” he said. “I’m a little bit stiff and sore but I think the more I bowl the better I get. I’ve always felt that way. That’s why I’ve always enjoyed playing the longer form. “I feel pretty good and once I get a bit more bowling in I’ll feel much better,” mentioned Johnson.
“My pace is probably down a little bit, but once I get a bit more rhythm I’ll feel fine. I’m fresh, there are no worries about that. It’s just about getting more cricket under my belt. “It can be hard in a tournament like this, though, where it goes pretty quickly and you have to be pretty switched on straight away,” explained Johnson.
The left arm pacer also said that losing the first two games wasn’t ideal, but now he expected the Kings XI to get back on track after a win over the Pune outfit. “It hadn’t been the ideal start with us losing the first two games,” he added. “We hadn’t scored the runs we needed, which has been an issue on good wickets where it’s not too hard to chase. We need to get better at that.”