New Zealand bowling all-rounder Mitchell Santner has claimed that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the greatest T20 tournaments.
Many cricket fraternities have praised the IPL tournament and its competition level. Not only the Indians but also many foreigners want to experience this cash-rich tournament.
Recently, the 28-year-old Mitchell Santner has also praised the IPL tournament. In the IPL history, he was picked up for the first time by the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the 2018 IPL auction for INR 50 lakh (same as his base price). The New Zealand cricketer was very excited to participate in the IPL 2018 but he was ruled out from that edition due to a knee injury.
Santner recently told ESPNcricinfo, “Yeah, the IPL, I guess, is the pinnacle of all T20 tournaments and I was pretty excited when I was picked up [in 2018].”
Santner finally made his IPL debut in the 2019 edition. He played only four matches in that season where the left-arm spinner bagged four wickets. Also, the left-handed batsman scored 32 runs in that season (average 32.00), including a 22-run knock against Mumbai Indians (MI) during the late league stage match.
It was nice to bowl on different pitches to New Zealand: Mitchell Santner
Santner is happy to share the CSK dressing room with some world-class spinners like Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, Imran Tahir etc.
The bolwing all-rounder said, “There are some world-class spinners in Chennai to talk to and play with – guys like Harbhajan [Singh], who I’ve watched a lot of, [Ravindra] Jadeja and Imran Tahir as well. When I got injured the first year , I was pretty disappointed, but I was given the opportunity last time around to go and experience it. It’s an unbelievable tournament and definitely the best cricket going around in terms of T20 leagues. It was nice to bowl on different pitches to New Zealand.”
However, Santner’s IPL debut wasn’t much memorable for himself as he had the bowling figures of 2-0-26-0 against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Chennai. But the CSK ultimately won that match by eight runs.
Talking about that match, Santner commented, “Yeah, that was a tough game. We finished quite late in the New Zealand summer and had to shoot over a day or two before the first game, so we didn’t get to experience [the dew] until the game. It was a challenge – we don’t have much of it in New Zealand. I felt like I was bowling at almost my toes and it still came out quite full. But after that we trained, putting some water on the ball, putting them in a bucket, and learnt to deal with it. After that, it wasn’t probably as bad as that.”
After making his international debut in 2015, Santner has played 22 Tests, 72 ODIs and 44 T20Is where he has taken 39, 71 and 52 wickets respectively. Also, the left-handed batsman scored a Test century along with two more Test fifties and two more ODI half-centuries.