The Indian Premier League (IPL) has set high standards for T20 cricket across the globe. The success of IPL allowed other boards to introduce their own franchise leagues. While tournaments like Pakistan Super League, Caribbean Premier League, Bangladesh Premier League have achieved tremendous success, they’ve failed to match the star power and reach of the IPL.
Faf Du Plessis, who plays for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL and will be representing Quetta Gladiators in the second leg of PSL, has highlighted the difference between India’s lucrative league and PSL. The former South African skipper feels that the quality of fast bowling in PSL is unmatched while IPL has always produced good spinners.
“The standard is very good in PSL. I must say that the things that’s impressed me the most about the tournament is the fast bowlers. Coming from a country like South Africa myself where you grow up facing a lot of pace, I was surprised to see the number of guys that can bowl 140-plus in the competition. I would say that in India, there’s a huge variety of spin bowlers that you face, I feel that the real gem of the PSL is the amount of pace that it has to offer,” du Plessis told Cricket Pakistan.
Faf was in scintillating form in IPL and stroked four consecutive half-centuries before the tournament was postponed. Du Plessis reckoned that the bio bubble in IPL was secure but travelling from one city to another might have let the virus in.
“The tournament was well run once again. Everything went smoothly, we felt safe in the bubble, no issues. Then obviously, I think, the travelling part of the IPL is where it opened the gap for Covid to come into the tournament,” du Plessis added.
“Very disappointing that another tournament had to be postponed because of it. It was sad in a way. My performances were going well but also the team… Chennai Super Kings was playing some really good cricket. Very disappointing from that part.”
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