The ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) is the third season for New Zealand’s aggressive left hand seamer Mitchell McClenaghan with the Mumbai Indians.
At a promotional event here on Wednesday MI wicket-keeper and opener Parthiv Patel was asked what’s been the funniest moment being part of the MI team and the chirpy stumper replied: “Well it was not easy to pronounce McClenaghan. You can ask anyone in the crowd here,’’ quipped Patel. England’s Jos Buttler, sitting next to Hardik Pandya, was asked to say McClenaghan and he was just about perfect in pronouncing the Kiwi left arm seamer’s name. Buttler also said his best moments in the league has been winning a match and spending time with the teammates in the dressing room.
Patel, who has contributed his bit showing aggressive intent as an opener this season said: “Winning six games out of eight has been fantastic. The starts have been good, but it is about time that we get bigger ones as well and help the team more. It is a good way to start the tournament. We (Patel and Buttler) gel off the field and enjoy batting together in the middle; the way we have been playing, it is showing (good results). He likes to go from the outset and I take five-six balls, it allows me to settle. I enjoy batting with him, he is probably the most destructive batsman in the world I have seen.’’
Expressing some happiness at the break before MI’s next match against Gujarat Lions at Rajkot on April 29, Patel said: “It was much needed. We have been on the road until now. I am confident that the way we have played (so far), we are not going to be complacent. We have to go out and play every game, respect every opponent and play to our potential. We don’t worry about where we are playing; it’s a matter of executing our plans. We have a proper balanced bowling attack, we have got six bowlers who can bowl four overs each. We have six options and our batting is clicking and that is the reason we are at the top of the table.’’
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