IPL 2019: Small Fields In India Puts Bowlers Under Pressure – Quinton de Kock
The game of cricket is evolving drastically in recent times. Especially, the batting section has become more and more professional so that bowler has got very less margin of making a mistake while delivering in the middle. The last night game between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders is the perfect example for it. Meanwhile, Quinton de Kock makes his voice on the new trend.
Of late, the scorecards in the Indian Premier League 2019 often showing the tally of over 200 or anything closer to it. Meanwhile, De Kock believes that the IPL is more of a batsman game rather than the bowlers. He believes that India by nature is a batting-friendly country.
Quinton de Kock also highlighted the breadth and width of the ground, which are always tough for the bowlers. He also compares them to South Africa and Australia, where bowlers would get something from the pitch or big dimensions.
“IPL is only played in India. So, bowlers are always under pressure. In India wickets always doing the good and generally (there are) very small fields. The ball does travel. So obviously, just by nature, it will be a little bit more batting friendly. When going to Australia there are bigger fields, in South Africa, there is a bit in the pitch. Not every pitch is the same. So, I think just here generally in India, it is more batting friendly,” he said.
No one batted with Hardik Pandya – Quinton de Kock
Mumbai Indians’ Quinton de Kock has rued the lack of support for Hardik Pandya, whose incredible power-hitting kept Kolkata Knight Riders on tenterhooks till the final ball of the 18th over. Chasing 233, Hardik’s 91 from 34 balls kept MI in the hunt till his dismissal swung the game in favour of KKR at the Eden Gardens.
“We would have loved a couple of fewer wickets when Kieron (Pollard) and Hardik walked in. But, unfortunately, it didn’t happen today so there’s the collapse and no one batting with Hardik made it harder for us,” the South African said at the post-match news conference Sunday.
On Andre Russell’s knock:
De Kock also showered words of praise on Andre Russell, who smoked Mumbai Indians to all corners of the park. Quinton de Kock appreciated the approach of Russell, who waited for his time to go after it.
“I didn’t (enjoy) actually. I hated every minute of it. No, I am joking. It was a great innings. You can’t fault him. He took his time and then did what he does. So, you can just appreciate what is done.”
Well, as Quinton de Kock said, the Indian conditions never helped the bowling department, especially, the fast bowlers. As far as Mumbai Indians are concerned, they are on verge of sealing a place in the playoffs.
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