Neutral venues make IPL more contesting: Mahela
Mumbai Indians (MI) head coach Mahela Jayawardene has said that using neutral venues for every team makes this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) more contesting than ever.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had selected six venues for IPL this season- Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Ahmedabad and Delhi. Among these venues, the first four will stage 10 matches each and the latter will stage the remaining 16 matches.
Mumbai started their campaign at the M.A. Chidambaram stadium in Chennai. However, there’s been a criticism that Chennai’s pitches are unplayable and producing low scoring matches. But Mahela doesn’t believe that.
“Well, I think it’s unfair to say that you need batting wickets in IPL, why is the tournament interesting is because every venue is different which makes it evenly contesting. Yes, the wickets are slightly on the slower side but we have still seen scores of 150 or 160 in the last few matches,” he said.
“They are not unplayable wickets they are good competitive wickets. I think we have been consistent in our approach it is challenging but we have adapted pretty well. Sometimes we will make mistakes and that is part of the game.”
“Every game is a challenge in Chennai because we are playing different teams and not just playing against CSK in Chennai, we are playing against different opposition, so we also have to adjust to different playing styles according to the teams,” he added.
Mumbai Indians will face Delhi Capitals in their next match on April 20 in Chennai.