28-years old English pacer Mark Wood is very excited to play for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in 2018 IPL. Talking about his team, Wood remarked that he wants to pick the brains of skipper MS Dhoni and bowler Dwayne Bravo.
It will be the first IPL season for Mark Wood who was bought by CSK for INR 1.5 crore. Wood is a right-arm pacer who can deliver a ball 140kmph regularly.
Speaking about his IPL team, Wood quoted according to CSK website, “It will be an immensely proud moment for me to play for the Chennai Super Kings in the IPL. Not only is the IPL a great competition but I also get to play for the best team! Who wouldn’t want that? I’m very lucky and hope to be a match-winner for my team.”
Talking about his learning expectation from CSK, Wood said, “I think learning to cope in pressure situations can only help. And picking the brains of some of the legends of the game… MS Dhoni as my captain will provide a great insight and I would love to work with (Dwayne) Bravo and develop my slower ball.”
Making an international debut for England in 2015, Wood has played 10 Tests, 23 ODIs and 4 T20ZIs where he has claimed 26, 25 and 8 wickets respectively.
Apart from Wood, CSK has also some good international level pacers like Lungi Ngidi and Shardul Thakur. Talking about the competitions with them, Wood spoke out, “Of course there is pressure but that’s what really switches you on. It might not go your way every time but if you give everything you’ve got and commit to every ball, then, hopefully, you come out on the right side more often than not.”
While Wood is very happy to become a part one of the best IPL team, CSK CEO K S Viswanathan revealed that they were looking for a bowler who can regularly bowl 140kmph and the head coach Stephen Fleming opted Mark Wood.
Viswanathan quoted, “We were looking at someone who can regularly bowl at 140kmph and (head coach) Stephen Fleming felt Wood was a good option. We feel he has the potential to do well in the IPL.”