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Betway ambassador comments on the final IPL week, analyses Brendon McCullum’s appointment and laments Jofra’s latest injury.
The IPL table has the deserving teams on top
Kevin in a recent interview said “The final week is going to be epic. I have been impressed by the two teams that are Gujarat Titans and Lucknow Super Giants. It feels fitting that these two teams are through the playoffs. They’re a new franchise and they have reached this place as a fresh and new slate with no fear that worked for them.” He also said that seeing Lucknow bat 20 overs without losing a wicket was incredible on Wednesday because it is a rare phenomenon given the risks taken and shots played. Kevin also quoted, “KL Rahul and De Kock had the potential of an amazing opening partnership but what they did was incredible and might win them the tournament!”
The competition is tense
Kevin says that the playoffs race is well and on after RCBs performance on Thursday but he can still see Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals getting in. Kevin said, “I expect RR to show special energy so as to honour the memory of Shane Warne. I want them to go all the way in. I follow Delhi closely too and hope that they do well.” He also said that Marsh is flying at the moment Kuldeep Yadav is a match-winner so if they make it to the top four, they’ll be dangerous.
The mishap of Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer will be missing the entire summer due to his injury. The player has shown brilliant performance for England and other teams and this was a severe blow for him. To this Kevin said, “It is difficult to imagine Jofra getting better or recovering from this horrible injury. It is difficult to imagine him playing long-form cricket again and that is the horrible reality. I still hope that he can make a good top-level white-ball career.” Kevin said that his stress fracture to the back followed a pattern of injuries that were sustained by the bowlers of England. Kevin also said that the number of sports scientists can complicate things a lot. “When I used to play, fast bowlers would bowl a lot of overs in the net. They would go through hard yards during preparation and were never cuddled during the games or matches. Curtly Ambrose, Allan Donald, Shaun Pollock etc were great bowlers and were never told by a sports scientist how many balls they could bowl every day. They knew their potential and their bodies and trained accordingly. Now it looks as if the Englands’ fast bowlers can’t cope with the tough and long days. They are just not used to it anymore,” said Kevin.
Brendon McCullum appointment is a boon
“Brendon is a good choice as England’s test match coach and his brand of cricket is the same as what Rob Kelly and Ben Stokes want. It’s also what the paying public wants. Something needed to change and this is the perfect change. The team will now have more discipline and be encouraged to play naturally. They won’t be timid or shy and will be motivated to do their thing. McCullum also is not scared by the team’s recent failures and knows only positivity and success after his time as the captain of new zealand.”
Kevin also said that the selection of Brook in the test squad followed his blueprint as he saw him play in the hundred last summer and realised he was a natural talent. He hopes McCullum and Stokes can get the team to play better. Kevin said that he doesn’t believe that these aren’t the best players in England and the standard of players coming out of county games is poor. “I hope McCullum can get more out of them,” signs off Kevin.