2nd Feb, 2023

"The way we fought speaks volumes of our confidence in the bowling group": Imran Tahir ahead of ADKR clash

By MI Emirates Media

Seasoned South African leg-spinner Imran Tahir on Thursday said that the MI Emirates will take a lot of heart from the daredevil performance the team displayed against the Gulf Giants on Wednesday. Speaking on the eve as MI Emirates take on Abu Dhabi Knight Riders here on Friday, he mentioned that the team will take forward this confidence into the remaining two games of the ILT20 tournament.

The India Factor

On his experiences of playing in Indian conditions, Tahir said it is the passion for the sport in the country that a cricketer doesn’t need much exposure to shine in the country. 

“If you are a cricketer, you don’t need exposure of playing in India. The love and support of fans and the passion for cricket in India is unmatched. For me, it has been an amazing experience of playing the world’s biggest league for seven years. It’s an honour for me,” he said.

“It’s not that all pitches in India are spin-friendly, especially if I speak about the pitches used in IPL, so it’s a good challenge of bowling in batting-friendly conditions,” he further said.


The Young Guns 

Sharing his personal tale of picking variations of leg-spin after spending 13 years on the field, the 43-year-old said he’s happy that the youngsters in modern-day cricket don’t have to wait for such long.

“It’s our duty as seniors to motivate the youngsters, which I lacked during my initial days as a cricketer. MI Emirates has given a very good opportunity for the youngsters to share the dressing room with the experienced guys. It took me 13 years to learn another variation of leg spin bowling, but I’m happy that the youngsters today won’t have to wait for so long,” he said.

The MI Emirates put up a spirited performance at the Zayed Cricket Stadium on Wednesday to drag the Giants’ chase of 139 to the final ball of the match, thanks to the efforts of the bowling group, led by Trent Boult, Dwayne Bravo and Tahir. 

“Our bowling department has been remarkable right from the first game. In the last match, our bowlers had to put in extra effort as the ball was wet due to dew, but the manner in which the boys fought back speaks volumes on the confidence of the bowling group,” he said. 

Placed third in the ILT20 points table, MI Emirates will take on Abu Dhabi Knight Riders here on Friday before locking horns with the Dubai Capitals on Sunday in Dubai.


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