IPL 2024: Mixing variations with pace helped Vyshak

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Published By : Prameya News Bureau | March 30, 2024 IST

Vyshak Vijaykumar

Bengaluru, March 30: Limited overs cricket is always a batter-friendly game. Ever since, Twenty20 cricket began, the misery of bowlers increased much more. In tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL), fans are always eager to see the ball flying over the ropes. Hardly anyone sympathises with the bowler.

In such situations, bowlers have to read the batsman's mind, be a step ahead in planning their deliveries, and the most vital task is to implement the plans to perfection.

On Friday night in Bengaluru, visitors Kolkata Knght Riders (KKR) did humble Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) with a 7-wicket victory.

 Despite the defeat, if batter Virat Kohli impressed the bat, RCB pacer Vyshak Vijaykumar also showcased excellent skills of medium pace bowling. 

Vyshak mixed up variations with pace after seeing the first innings. That strategy helped him to be the standout bowler for the franchise, who lost in front of the home crowd.

At the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Vyshak came in as an Impact Substitute and took 1-23 in his four overs, where he mixed his variations and lines to good effect. He stood out in a wayward RCB bowling show, where Mohammed Siraj, Yash Dayal, and Alzarri Joseph gave away 126 runs in nine overs collectively.

“When I saw in the first innings, they were mixing it up really well. The ones that were banged in and short and which were slower, it was a little tough for, Virat bhai to score. So, obviously, if he couldn’t score, I knew that if I put it right there, nobody could score.”

“So, I just thought I’ll do that, mix up my variations with some yorkers, hard length and some bouncers. So, I was just trying to mix up with the pace, and I think that’s what helped me,” said Vyshak in the post-match press conference. Asked about how he went about his bowling, Vyshak said, “You look at the batter, like what he’s trying to do. We go back, do some homework and see lots of previous games on what they do and are trying to do.”

“We do talk about it and have two-three variations to keep in mind on what the batter will try to do. When you start the run-up, you always think about what to do and if he’s moving around, then you can change something and if not, I will stick to my strengths.”

He also credited the new player in the RCB set-up for helping him learn a lot about himself and his bowling. “I’ve been working hard in the nets with coaches. I have learned quite a bit with new players coming in, like Alzarri (Joseph), (Cameron) Green, (Reece) Topley and Lockie (Ferguson) has helped my bowling quite a bit.”

Vyshak signed off by saying dew was a factor in KKR completing the chase of 183 by the 17th over. “It was a little easier to bat in the second innings, as the ball was coming on to the bat nicely because of the dew and under lights. We also had a bit more pace than them, so it helped them, and these things happen in a game of cricket. Hopefully, we can get more wickets in coming games.” (With IANS support)

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  • Virat Kohli
  • Indian Premier League (IPL)
  • IPL 2024
  • Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB)
  • Vyshak Vijaykumar

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