IPL 2019: Unfortunate to Leave Midway When Team is Winning – Moeen Ali
Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) all-rounder Moeen Ali has had a good stint so far in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL). However, he will leave the tournament midway to join the England squad for the upcoming series against Ireland and Pakistan ahead of the ICC World Cup due to begin in a month’s time. Ali said it is unfortunate to leave the tournament midway, more so when the team have picked the momentum and have a slight chance to qualify for the playoffs.
Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore had the worst start to this edition of IPL. They still find themselves in the bottom of the points table but have tasted some success. So far, they have three games and the inclusion of Dale Steyn in place of Nathan Coulter-Nile has done them a world of good. Now with two back-to-back wins, Bangalore will eye to continue the winning momentum when they face Kings XI Punjab later today.
Moeen Ali seemed absolutely disgusted with the fact that he will have to leave with just three games to go for the playoffs. However, the English all-rounder said that he will have a keen eye on the match days of Bangalore and hope to win all those games to give themselves an outside chance of qualifying for the playoff stages.
“It’s not ideal. I think it’s worse when there are three games to go. If there were 6, 7 games, it was a little more understandable,” Moeen Ali said on the eve of the game against Kings XI Punjab.
And knowing that there could be a chance of going through if we win all our games, then you miss out on a potential semifinal and stuff, but I will definitely keep an eye out and see how they are going, hoping that we are winning all our games,” he added.
Dale Steyn had a huge impact: Ali
Moreover, Moeen Ali said that the ongoing Indian Premier League has helped prepare well for the ICC World Cup. He also said that rubbing shoulders with overseas cricketers have also helped his game. Also, Ali shared high praise on Dale Steyn who made a massive impact in Bangalore with his fiery fast bowling. He also added that probably they have been missing someone of his calibre which cost them matches so far in the tournament.
“Dale has been a huge impact. We did not take wickets in the powerplays. If you take four wickets in powerplays, most of the time you win matches. He has been a class act. The way he swings the ball is a brave thing to do. Probably that has been the missing factor, which cost us games,” he added.
I can also score like Kohli and ABD: Moeen
Moreover, Moeen Ali showed a lot of confidence in his batting and said that he could also score runs like Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers. The England cricketer also added that he has the ability to win games single-handedly just like the two talismanic batters.
“I think it gives a lot of confidence if Virat and AB don’t score, or if one of them doesn’t play like AB didn’t against KKR, we could still score 200-plus. I have the confidence in my own game and believe that I can also score runs just as quickly as them and take games away from the opposition. It won’t always happen but I know I can do that,” he concluded.
Royal Challengers Bangalore will hope to keep the winning run going when they take on Kings XI Punjab on April 24 (Wednesday) at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
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