Skipper Hardik Pandya’s philosophy of taking part in “not simply to win” but “to entertain” has infused power and life into Gujarat Titans’ stellar marketing campaign to date in IPL-15, feels tempo spearhead Lockie Ferguson. The New Zealand velocity service provider has been one of many pillars for Titans of their debut season with eight wickets from 5 video games together with two match-turning performances.

When requested how the brand new skipper has measured up along with his management expertise, Ferguson was beneficiant in his reward.


“Hardik has a reasonably relaxed method in the direction of sport of cricket and he performs the sport to entertain folks as a lot as to win the sport. I feel that type of perspective breathes power and life into the group, and naturally, he’s main along with his performances which counts for lots,” Ferguson told PTI in an exclusive interview.

The New Zealand speedster is comfortable around the leadership group which has helped the team win four out of its first five games.

“The whole leadership group including vice-captain Rashid (Khan) has also got a relaxed attitude and coaching group of Gary (mentor Kirsten), Vik (Director of cricket Vikram Solanki) and (head coach) Ash (Ashish Nehra) are the same. That explains quite well and its enjoyable,” he added.

“Hardik has taken to management with an open arm however he has proven that one can’t overlook how good a batter he’s when he will get going,” he stated.

Lockie Ferguson (BCCI Photo)

Ferguson’s respect for Hardik is understandable. When asked who is the most dangerous T20 batter that he has ever bowled to, he promptly said “Hardik Pandya”.

“It’s good to have him in my aspect as I keep in mind once I was with KKR, in a single match, he was hitting sixes for enjoyable.”

Ferguson has also enjoyed playing under his national team skipper Kane Williamson and his former KKR captain Eoin Morgan.

“During pressure situations, what you need is relaxed attitude from the skipper. That helps a fast bowler. Time spent with a captain is the key, so in that regard, it is pretty tough to get past Kane (Wiliamson).”

Special supply to get Jos Buttler

If Hardik laid the muse along with his particular knock, it was Ferguson who introduced Titans again within the sport in opposition to Rajasthan Royals, with a superbly deliberate supply that removed Jos Buttler, who was on a rampage.

Ferguson defined what went into planning that supply.

“Look I wasn’t making an attempt to assume an excessive amount of in regards to the rating at the moment. We had a wicket earlier in that over (R Ashwin) and Rashid had already bowled a gun over, the one earlier than me, in order that constructed some stress,” he said.

“The first ball that Jos played against me and I thought he might try to lap it and he was too good as he hit it for a six.

“So my only real option was to change the pace and try to get some sort of movement in the air and it came out perfectly landing at the bottom of the stumps. So I was very pleased, to tell from reaction that I got him out,” he stated.

T20 bowling doesn’t have one-size-fits-all template

Ferguson agreed that batters are planning properly to fight the yorker and block gap deliveries on the loss of life overs, and therefore, the extensive yorkers have come into the image. They have been used to good impact to cease the run-flow.

“The batters are organising for yorkers now and when they’re practising in nets and on bowling machines, I discover them to be so good at hitting low full-tosses and that’s fairly superior a part of the sport that if a bowler misses a positive margin, he’s hit for six.”

“Fast bowlers have had to adapt and in IPL in last two seasons, fast bowlers have done a great job on slightly bigger UAE grounds (Dubai and Abu Dhabi). Grounds this year are decent sizes and, yeah, I think, there isn’t a one-size-fits-all kind of a delivery.

“Yes wide yorker is an effective delivery but you are also toying with the wide line. Depends how it’s coming out on the day and depends how the batters are going about it.”

Coping with accidents, bubble life and managing workload

Last yr, simply earlier than the Black Caps’ World T20 marketing campaign was about to start, Ferguson had a muscle tear and needed to give the worldwide meet a miss.

“Yeah, it was a small tear that put me out for 3 weeks and I missed the WT20 which was maybe probably the most irritating time one needed to endure, that too earlier than the primary sport,” he rued.

He feels that managing workload in a bubble life and playing three matches in a week for two months does have its flip side also, which one needs to be very careful about.

“Last couple of years have been challenging because of the amount of cricket we have played and the bubble life and when you are playing three games a week…”

“It’s very troublesome for a quick bowler to get well. It’s okay in case you are doing it for a few weeks however after a while, you’re maybe burning the candle at each ends,” he concluded.

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