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Old 10-May-2012
‘Cricket has moved ahead with IPL'

UNP ImageNew Delhi : Former South African fast bowler and captain Shaun Pollock feels the Indian Premier League (IPL) has done a world of good for the game of cricket and it is turning out to be an excellent platform for innovation with bat and ball.

Pollock, now a mentor with Mumbai Indians, says the IPL is a fantastic spectacle for the game, players, franchises and spectators.

"Cricket has moved ahead amazingly with the IPL, both financially as well as technically. Before the IPL, soccer players, golfers and tennis players were the envy of other sports persons. Now cricketers have joined the big-buck-earners," Pollock said.

"The IPL is a platform for cricketers to experiment and try out new things. We have seen bowlers coming up with baffling deliveries and batsmen playing hitherto unknown breath-taking shots," he said.

Exchange views

The 38-year-old also said the IPL in a forum for players to exchange views on cricket and understand different cultures.

"It has broken all barriers. The playing format may be the same as any form of international cricket, but the players from different backgrounds and cultures are mingling like one family," he said.

"That has helped the players to share their experiences with others and gain immensely."

Pollock said Mumbai have benefited from their eclectic mix in the dressing room.

As the IPL moves towards the business end, Pollock hopes Mumbai, currently third in the table, can get to the play-offs and go on to win it.

"We have a strong team on paper but that doesn't mean much because cricket is a funny game," he said.

"We have not done consistently well in both batting or bowling on a given day. But we have shown what we are capable of. Now is the time for the boys to play to their potential and peak."

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