IPL 2019: Good Performances for Mumbai Indians will Keep Australia Selectors Interested in Me Feels Jason Behrendorff
Australian left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff who made his IPL debut for the Mumbai Indians yesterday against the Chennai Super Kings consider his maiden IPL season as an opportunity to make a spot for himself in the Australian squad for the upcoming World Cup which is slated to be played in England and Wales from 30th May.
Jason Behrendorff made a sensational IPL debut as he bagged two crucial wickets for the Mumbai Indians conceding just 22 runs. He dismissed Ambati Rayudu with a gem of a delivery. The ball pitched in the perfect areas and moves just a bit to take the outside edge of Ambati Raydu. It was a great start for the young pacer who was playing his first IPL game.
Jason Behrendorff feels that all good performances will help him in the future. His main strength is to swing the ball and take some wickets. The left arm pacer feels if he can make an impact with the ball for Mumbai Indians it will surely keep the selectors interested him for the World Cup.
“Any performance here can really help me. My main strength is swinging the new ball upfront and taking some wickets, so it was good to be able to do that and keep in the selectors’ mind that I am bowling well. So, hopefully, that will keep me in the frame,” said Behrendorff at the post-match media conference after Mumbai Indians registered their 2nd victory of the tournament.
It is expected that both Mitchell Starc and Jason Behrendorff can be part of the Australian squad for the 2019 World Cup. When asked on this aspect, the youngster said obviously it can happen as the selection committee is all set to pick the World Cup squad in a two weeks time.
“It can happen. It is not foreign to have two left-handers in the team. Australia has not done it a lot in the past but I don’t see why we can’t do that. Mitch bowls exceptionally well at the death, can also bowl at the middle and upfront. So, it might be a case if both of us are picked in the same team we can different roles.
“I might bowl upfront and Mitch may look to bowl through the middle and at the end. It would be quite exciting,” Behrendorff said. Meanwhile, he thanked Kieron Pollard for grabbing a sensational catch to dismiss Suresh Raina off his bowling. However, he did reveal that it was a well-planned dismissal. It was indeed one of the finest catches you will ever see in the tournament.
“It was a serious catch, wasn’t it? (I was) very fortunate, to be fair. We set the plan for that knowing that he loves to back away and hit over the off side. Our plan was there and personally, I was a bit little bit wider than I would have liked but Polly took the great catch which was fantastic.”
The left-arm pacer also spoke about the heroics of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard which actually helped the three-time champions post a competitive score of 170 on the board. It was mayhem towards the final few overs. The last over of Dwayne Bravo yielded 28 runs which included 3 sixes and a couple of fours.
“It (victory) is huge. Hardik and Polly just pulled us on the front foot going into the bowling innings. 170 was really a good score after we were potentially a little bit slow at the start. And then you had to take some wickets in the first couple of overs and really put them on the back foot and did not let them off from there,” he explained.
“It is a great experience, really exciting. It was a good fun, good crowd out there as well. So great experience and to contribute to the win was awesome. I was not able to come last year. I was really excited to come. There is such a buzz about the IPL every time you watch it, every time you hear about it,” he said.
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