New Zealand pacer Lockie Ferguson is happy to play his second season with the Kolkata Knight Riders household in the upcoming version of the Indian Premier League (IPL) slated to start out from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
Ferguson returned to coaching with the squad on Friday after serving his week-long resort room-quarantine since travelling to the UAE from New Zealand.
“I am super excited. KKR is a team that took me in with open arms and made me feel as a part of the family almost immediately when I got there last year. I made some real good friends there in the team which continue beyond the game as well,” Ferguson was quoted as saying by the official Knight Riders web site, kkr.in.
“We used to watch IPL as young chaps. Brendon (McCullum) was definitely one of our heroes while growing up. After watching him do so well in the first match for KKR, it was hard not to be a Kolkata fan.
“The crew we’ve got (for this season) is trying tremendous robust. Last yr, we ended up form of mid-table, so hopefully, this yr we are going to get a probability to enhance on that efficiency,” he added.
McCullum had set the stage on fire as he scored an unbeaten 158 as KKR defeated Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first-ever IPL game in 2008 played at the M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.
The right-arm pacer also talked about maiden World Cup experience last year where the Black Caps ended up as runners-up after losing to England in a pulsating final at the iconic Lord’s.
“It is admittedly onerous to place emotions into phrases. It was a lengthy match, but in addition it glided by so shortly. Coming straight from India (IPL) and going into the World Cup threw me into utterly totally different situations,” said Ferguson.
“I believe with the Black Caps facet, I used to be kind of making an attempt to personal the primary change bowler function. We had such superb opening bowlers. The spot for the swing bowler was strongly contested.
“So, going into the World Cup, all I wanted was to put my best foot forward and be a part of the starting 11. I picked up a few wickets but I think I was just lucky enough to get the rewards of the hard work that our opening bowlers were putting in.
“The approach we caught collectively until the top was actually commendable. We performed rather well and likewise carried out properly each on and off the sector,” he added.
The New Zealander further said that he was looking forward to rubbing shoulders with Australian pacer Pat Cummins. “Pat is an distinctive bowler, there isn’t any secret about that. He appears to be getting higher and higher and he’s nonetheless so younger. He is a beautiful man and I’m totally trying ahead to rubbing shoulders with him.”
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