Mumbai Indians fast bowler, James Pattinson has gone on to express that it would be a great experience for him to share the dressing room with some skillful fast bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult. The IPL 2020 is slated to be played from September 19-November 10 in the UAE across three venues — Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.
Pattinson was roped-in by the Mumbai-based franchise as a replacement for Lasith Malinga. The Sri Lankan fast bowler had opted out of the tournament due to personal reasons.
In a video posted by Mumbai Indians on their official Twitter handle, Pattinson was heard saying, “It’s a privilege to be involved with one of the best T20 teams in the world. Personally, it’s just fantastic to work with some of the best bowlers in the world. Obviously, Bumrah is probably the best T20 bowler in the world. And Boulty (Trent Boult) is up there as well.”
He further elaborated, “I have played a few ODIs here in the UAE before, so I have got a bit of experience over here in UAE. The wickets are drier and there will be three wickets that will be used throughout the tournament so it will be slower and lower as the tournament goes on. Maybe the slower ball and stuff like that might come into play a lot more. So, for me it will be a great experience to be around those guys, there has already been some good discussion on T20 bowling.”
The defending champions will be locking horns with Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the tournament opener on September 19 in Abu Dhabi. They had faced each other in the final of IPL 2019.