Maybe the conditions are not favourable for the faster bowlers, but then there is Kagiso Rabada. Delhi Capitals‘ South African pacer has been the only bowler whose yorkers are reaping rich dividend against some of the most fearsome hitters.
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Speaking to TOI from Dubai, the speedster said: “Yorkers are the most effective deliveries in this format, and if you execute them well, you’ve got the best chance of dominating batsmen. You need to be in the right frame of mind or confident enough of what you are going to do, and plan it before executing. If you feel today is your day, everything is going according to the plan, then you should give it a shot.”
However, the 25-year-old agrees it is difficult to bowl a yorker under pressure when the margin of errors is so little. “On a different day, it can be a different story altogether, you might miss out on executing it and may face consequences of it,” he said.
Interestingly, Rabada has bowled two Super Overs in the IPL for Delhi Capitals, and on both occasions, his team has emerged victorious. Even the last edition, his spearing toe-breakers effectively neutralised power-hitter Andre Russell.
“Yorkers are the best options for a Super Over, but as I said, one has to execute it perfectly. How many times you were able to nail a yorker in the game is what excites the bowler, and that’s the beauty of it,” he said.
Pitches in the UAE have proven to be a graveyard for fast bowlers, but Rabada has taken it as a challenge. “I think the fast bowlers will also have their say in this tournament. You know, it will come down to how good you are with your character on the field. However, it’s surely going to be a high-pressure IPL for the pacers, and that’s what is going to help us fight the unfavourable conditions,” he said.