The inaugural edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has been simply a dream tournament for discarded England all rounder Ravi Bopara. Bopara, who remains out of the radar of the English selectors, has plied his luck in various T20 leagues across the globe. His displays in the PSL have been stunning indeed, as he has 292 runs to his name and 11 wickets, making him the most valuable player in the tournament.
Bopara, in a recent interaction stated that he was looking to improve his bowling and in T20’s, it was essential for batsmen to contribute with the ball as well. “It’s always good to have cricketers in a T20 side that are three-dimensional – that can field, bat and bowl. Because you will always need these guys. If you can bowl a bit, whatever it is – off-spin or medium pace, it makes a difference. What I know is, in T20s, you don’t have to be a master at bowling. You just got to have some control and a little bit of variation and you can affect games,” Bopara said.
“And bowling is a big part of my game. It gives me two chances, I know if I don’t get runs, I get a chance to change the game with the ball. I’ve worked very hard on my bowling but it’s also been because of experience. I think I’ve become a bit more intelligent and read the game a bit better now,” the English all rounder added.
“I think on really good batting wickets and you see quite a few of them, it gets really hard for spinners. “Batters are just getting better at hitting spin. It’s as simple as that. So a medium-pacer with good change-ups, it can be difficult for some batters to put them away. Again, it depends on the conditions but a medium pacer, I think can offer a little bit more.”