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‘In past, 150 is routine ball speed’ – Rashid Latif reacts to Ian Bishop praising Anrich Nortje

South African fast bowler Anrich Nortje has set the stage on fire in his debut season of the Indian Premier League, bagging 10 wickets in 8 matches at an economy rate of 7.34. The 26-year-old was roped in by the Delhi Capitals, ahead of the tournament, as a replacement after England all-rounder Chris Woakes had pulled out of the tournament. Nortje has been a vital cog in Delhi's success, so far, in the tournament. In a reverse fixture against Rajasthan Royals, Nortje dismissed Jos Buttler by bowling the fastest delivery of IPL 2020 by clocking the ball at 156.22 kmph or 97 mph. Reacting to this, West Indies' former cricketer Ian Bishop had praised Nortje via Twitter. “Anrich Nortje just knocked Buttler over with a 155kph rocket of a ball,” he had tweeted. However, Bishop's tweet didn't go down well with former Pakistan skipper, Rashid Latif. The former wicket-keeper batsman believes that bowling over 150 kmph was a routine ball speed, in the past, and many have achieved this in the past. He also tagged bowling legends like Curtly Ambrose, Shoaib Akhtar, Brett Lee, Waqar Younis, and Shane Bond. In past 150 is routine ball speed you , Sir curtly Ambrose , Walsh, Anthony , Brett Lee , Waqar , Bond , shoaib and Sami consistently bowled fast in ODI and Test matches.@ambrose_curtly @BrettLee_58 @shoaib100mph @waqyounis99 @ShaneBond27 pic.twitter.com/921aTYZ2Ss — Rashid Latif ®️🇵🇰🌹 (@iRashidLatif68) October 14, 2020 During the post-match presentation ceremony, The 'man of the moment' Anrich Nortje looked surprised after knowing about his record of bowling the fastest delivery in IPL 2020. He said that sticking to the basics has helped him in bagging wickets for his team.

Mumbai Indians continued their great run in IPL 2020, winning their fifth game in a row by defeating Kolkata Knight Riders by a comprehensive margin of eight wickets in match number 32 at Abu Dhabi. KKR getting a new captain in Eoin Morgan, with Dinesh Karthik stepping down, did not change the team’s fortunes as they put up a rather ordinary performance. Batting first after winning the toss, KKR put up an unimpressive show, managing only 148 for 5. It could have been worse for KKR had Pat Cummins not rescued them with a fifty. The target was too easy for a star-studded batting line though as MI won with ease. With Kolkata succumbing to another loss, we analyse three big mistakes they made in the game.

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1. Shubman Gill’s crawl

Young KKR opener Shubman Gill has been among the runs no doubt, and even put in a man-of-the-match winning effort earlier in the tournament. But, his strike rate has been a concern all through. In eight matches, Gill has managed an impressive tally of 275 runs with two fifties, but his runs have come at a strike rate of 116.52. Against Mumbai, his slow batting proved very costly for KKR. Gill hung around for 21 from 22 deliveries and, off the next ball, perished trying to take on Rahul Chahar unsuccessfully.

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Gill’s dismissal came in the eighth over and, even by that time, KKR had only reached 42. A score of under 50 in eight overs is considered below par even in present 50-over contests, so one can gauge how far behind KKR had fallen in the game. Gill has the talent no doubt and has even been consistent. However, he needs to work on improving his strike rate for sure.

2. Rana and Russell’s short ball woes

Nitish Rana and Andre Russell have been highly disappointing for KKR in the event this year. But, what has been worrying is the fact that the duo has been exposed, falling to similar strokes. Both have struggled against the short ball, and teams have targeted them with the rising deliveries. On Friday as well, both Rana and Russell let the team down with forgettable strokes. Rana tried to get inside the line of a bouncer from Nathan Coulter-Nile. However, all he managed was to glove the ball to the keeper.

Coming in at number six again, Russell tried to duck away from a bouncer from Jasprit Bumrah. However, he couldn’t get out of the way of the well-directed short ball and only managed to lob another easy catch behind the wickets. Further, Karthik, who relinquished his captaincy prior to the game, also repeated his mistake from the previous match. The wicket-keeper batsman tried to lap a wide delivery from Rahul Chahar, but only managed to guide it back to the stumps. The dismissal was a near carbon copy of the way he got out against Yuzvendra Chahal.

3. KKR bowling no match for MI

Thanks to Cummins’ blast towards the end of KKR’s innings, they would have gone in with some level of confidence while defending their score. But, none of it was on display on the field as Cummins himself and Prasidh Krishna sprayed the ball all over the pace. None of the KKR bowlers could exercise any sort of control during their spells, as a result of which Mumbai sped away in the chase. By the end of the Power Play (6th over), Mumbai had raced to 51 without the loss of a wicket. And, by the time KKR got their first wicket, sending back MI skipper Rohit Sharma for 35, Mumbai had reached 94 in the 11th over. There was no way back for KKR, and the bowlers just went through the motions as MI eased to yet another triumph.

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