“I always wanted to be fast, whatever I was doing – sprinting, bowling. Whatever it may be, I’ve always been very keen to do it fast.” You know who said those words, if you don’t see the Kolkata Knight Riders’ Super Over victory against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
Lockie Ferguson not only wanted to be fast in everything, but also wanted to emulate the way New Zealand rugby player Christian Kallan roamed on Harley Davidson. Ferguson himself arrived like a Harley – figuratively – on Sunday in the UAE’s dry land desert to speed his tea and precisely to walk through the Sunrisers line-up in the Super Over. Like a well-revived engine, he ran with steam, dislodged those yorkers, targeting stumps from the broad side of the crease, and used some clever slow deliveries to trick the batsmen into 27 deliveries. Bowled – four overs and three more in the match. In Super Over.
Paes has already tasted the IPL, but it took the Knight Riders nine matches to deliver Ferguson in the XI, while Enrique Norje and Cagiso Rabada benefited the most from Delhi Capital. They have 31 wickets together, the primary reason why the Capitals have been one of the top two sides this season, with Mumbai Indians fighting for the top spot, with Jaspreet Bumrah, James Pattinson and Trent Boult scoring 36 in the pace attack. Has taken wickets The Mumbai attack does not have express speed like the Capitol – although Pattinson (who has been replaced for the last two matches by Nathan Culter-Nile) has breached the 150kmh mark once in this IPL – but it is the use of that momentum. The uncomfortable lengths and variations that make these fast bowlers infallible even on surfaces that have not traditionally been helpful to them.
Knight Riders head coach Brendon McCullum told TV commentators during the match on Sunday that the way he saw the Capitals and Mumbai from his pace attack, he thought it was time to take Ferguson’s momentum away from his ranks.
With the wicket of Kane Williamson, Ferguson hit a four off his first ball, which gave a short delivery to the Upper Third Man. It was 137kmh, with Ferguson’s engines only heating up. Now bowling Johnny Bairstow and 19-year-old Priyam Garg, Ferguson increased his pace and the two batsmen could not interrupt their shots. Torches were flying with Garg’s bat, Bairstow was tracing the end of his bat and he was being beaten fast anyway.
In his next over, Ferguson slaps Garg at the slip in a slick slow legcutter, hitting the batsman with a lack of speed and hitting upwards. By his third over, all of Ferguson’s cylinders were firing. After a leg-stump yorker hit Warner’s shin for leg bye, Ferguson sent another yorker down the stump base, who missed Manish Pandey due to express speed and looked back at the stump in disbelief while it Also checking how his bat didn’t block the ball from below? Because … 148.3kmh. After 2.3 overs, Ferguson conceded just five runs and took three wickets.
“Where was he at this time in this season?” The end of the over thanked Ian Bishop on the commentary.
Ferguson could also get a fourth wicket in the 18th over, and a diving Andre Russell caught a catch by Abdul Samad and Ferguson finished with 4–0–15–3. Ferguson’s sixth gear was saved for a super over.
His first ball gave such a speed that when Warner missed the outside edge, the ball hit the stumps. Two balls later it was Samad at the receiving end … fire it fast or slow? He landed a slow legcutter in the block hole, for which Samad bowed and missed, and Sunrisers Super Over completes all three. Ferguson had seven of the 27 balls, with the fastest delivery of 152.38kmh over 150kmh.
In a conversation on IPLT20.com after the match, Ferguson told Shubman Gill, “I’ve been bidding for a long time, but I haven’t played in a while, so I was very nervous.”
“There’s a little side” [of the boundary] So i was trying to get them out of there [in the death], My yorker, my slow ball back, and then luckily got wickets which is always good at that level. “
Playing a match after more than seven months is never easy for a fast bowler like Ferguson. To keep his body in shape and get ready to play such overs, he was coaching everyone through lockdowns, doing his strength and conditioning and running every week from Monday to Friday . Ferguson lives with two other cricketers – Ben Horn and Henry Cooper – in what he calls an “athletic house” that helps keep him fit, and he was training for the IPL only in May, when the tournament was played Rumors of it started flying. September.
With Sunil Narine injured and Pat Cummins not taking many wickets late, Ferguson was able to play the rest of the match for too many Knight Riders. All he needs to keep shining is that Harley is inside himself.