‘I have reached two IPL finals and lost both times, it is good to get the monkey off my back’

Dublin: Since missing the 2021 Men’s T20 World Cup due to calf tear, New Zealand fast bowler Lockie Ferguson has been part of trophy-winning teams in the domestic circuit: first in List A with Auckland in the Ford Trophy and then in T20Is with Gujarat Titans for the first time in IPL 2022 with.

In 13 matches for Gujarat, Ferguson took 12 wickets at an average of 35.58 and an economy rate of 8.95, with best figures of 4/28. He also bowled 20 yorkers in a list where he was together fifth. India Fast bowler famous Krishna and took the award for bowling the fastest ball of the tournament at 157.3 kmph in the final in Ahmedabad.

“Yes, it was an exciting tournament. I have reached two IPL finals and lost both times (before the 2022 season). It was good to just cross the line and get that monkey off my back. Hardik (Pandya) and Ashish The way the team is structured under the leadership of Nehra, it is a very calm and collected group.

“It was fun to play and David Miller had an all-time tournament and you always love to watch it when you are with a good person. So, yes, to be part of the great team,” said Ferguson by ESPNCricinfo It was quoted as saying.

In a match against Rajasthan Royals at the DY Patil Stadium on April 14, Ferguson delivered one of the most memorable deliveries of the tournament when he smacked Jos Buttler with a slow yorker at 126 kmph.

Asked how he executed the plan behind the slow yorker to get Buttler out, Ferguson said, “It was a difficult moment. Jos Buttler is world class and he was probably the best I have ever seen him playing in IPL and making boundaries shorter than him and not even hitting bad balls for six But was hitting the best balls for six. Certainly, with his lap shot, he takes away my strength (speed) a bit. ,

“But then I thought I would change the pace with the second ball and luckily, the ball drifted a bit and slid into the off-stump. So, yeah, it’s always nice to see that guy’s back (laughs). But, I think Titans bowled well for him throughout the tournament and kept him under pressure in the final as well. So, collectively as a team, Gujarat Titans talked about it. Of course, we had some superstars, but we were the kind of team where anyone could stand up and win matches for the team.

Ferguson, who will appear for New Zealand in the ODIs against Ireland from Sunday, pointed out that the Hardik Pandya-led side is similar to their national side Blackcaps.

“I think for me personally, it is similar to Black Caps where we have superstars, but every member of the team can stand up and win the game – that is what our team believes in. Similarly, Gujarat Titans have Coming out of the tournament together was a big positive.

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