De Kock: Bowlers are always under pressure in IPL

Mumbai Indians' keeper-batsman Quinton de Kock felt that the batting-friendly conditions in India make it difficult for the bowlers to gain upper hand in the IPL.

Quinton de Kock felt that lack of support from other batsman has made it difficult for Hadik Pandya to chase down the target of 233.   -  IPL

South African wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock feels the trend of big totals is confined to IPL as the pitches invariably encourage the batsmen to play big shots. Teams have been able to put up 200-plus totals on 10 occasions this season so far and one can also find instances of sides getting aggregates close to 200.

According to De Kock, faster grounds and batting-friendly pitches in India are the reason behind such high scores. "IPL is only played in India. So, bowlers are always under pressure. In India wickets always doing the good and generally (there are) very small fields. The ball does travel. So obviously, just by nature, it will be a little bit more batting friendly.

"When go to Australia there are bigger fields, in South Africa there is a bit in the pitch. Not every pitch is the same. So, I think just here generally in India, it is more batting friendly," said De Kock, after Mumbai Indians lost to Kolkata Knight Riders chasing 233 on Sunday, at Eden Gardens.

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Wicket-keeping was not an enjoyable task for De Kock, as he watched Andre Russell butcher Mumbai Indians bowlers for a 40-ball 80. "I didn't (enjoy) actually. I hated every minute of it. No, I am joking. It was a great innings. You can't fault him. He took his time and then did what he does. So, you can just appreciate what is done."

De Kock said MI losing early wickets did not help as Hardik Pandya's heroic 91-run knock went in vain. "We could have easily have gone off to a great start. But unfortunately we didn't and no one batting with Hardik made it harder for us," he said.

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