Former Australian cricket team player Mitchell Johnson currently in India for League of Legends Cricket. He is playing for Jacques Kallis-led India Capitals and appeared in the match against Gujarat Giants on Saturday. The 40-year-old left-hander, who has played in 73 Tests, 153 ODIs and 30 T20I’s for Australia, is currently in Lucknow and has a pleasant encounter in his hotel room. A snake entered his room amusing the Australian cricketer. “Does anyone know what kind of snake this is?? Just outside my door,” he wrote in an instagram post. “Found a better photo of this snake head. Still not sure what exactly it is. It was interesting to stay in Lucknow, India,” he wrote in another post.
Earlier, in an interview with PTI, Johnson said the composition of India’s team to attend the T20 World Cup seems “a bit risky” because they can “take short cuts” on fiery pitches. . Craftsman Mohammad Shami has been kept on standby, which has surprised some of the game’s pundits as Indian selectors keep faith in the quartet led by Jasipino Bumrah with Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel and Arshdeep Singh in its ranks.
“If you have one all-round pitcher (fast bowling) and a couple of spinners, four fast pitchers it’s a bit of a risk. But India is probably looking at playing. two speed runners and one circus athlete (Hardik Pandya) and two shooters,” Johnson, who is in India for the Legends League Cricket, told PTI.
“In Australia you definitely need to play three fast pitchers, maybe four fast pitchers in certain conditions, such as Perth. I guess they have a plan but it’s going to be a bit of a stretch. risky if you only have four fast pitchers,” said former quick left arm.
In the Indian setup, only Bumrah is the man, who can consistently hit 140 or more clicks but speed cannot be the sole criterion for forming a strong bowling unit, Johnson said. . At the recently held Asian Cup in the UAE, India was criticized for the depth of bowling (or lack of it) without Bumrah while Pakistan boasted of the bowlers who beat the bowlers with their lightning speed.
However, Johnson found the emphasis on speed funny. “That stuff is funny (All have to hit 145 plus). If someone can hit 145 plus, you don’t need another guy bowling at the same speed. You need people who support each other, work together.” He then quoted how Ryan Harris and Peter Siddletwo medium-fast seam bowlers complemented him in the 2013-14 Ashes, where England literally sunk.
“In the 2013-14 Ashes, there was a lot of people talking about me bowling fast and that was great but on the other end I had Peter Siddle and Ryan Harris who had their own strengths and were also able to hit 140s. So it’s all about balance in the team.
“The main thing in Australia is bounce and extra speed and your length adjustment, you can get carried away and a little too short.”
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