The Indian Express

  • Like
Blogger

Mindless batting adds to T20 charm: Ronchi

Luke Ronchi, a hard-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman from the Australian domestic circuit, with a Twenty20 strike-rate of 176.97 - marginally lesser than Yuvraj Singh's 177.22 at the Twenty20 World Cup - will be seen in action with the Mumbai Indians. The 26-year-old from Western Australia is regarded by experts as a natural successor to Adam Gilchrist in the national side. Excerpts from an interview:

Luke Ronchi, a hard-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman from the Australian domestic circuit, with a Twenty20 strike-rate of 176.97 - marginally lesser than Yuvraj Singh's 177.22 at the Twenty20 World Cup - will be seen in action with the Mumbai Indians. The 26-year-old from Western Australia is regarded by experts as a natural successor to Adam Gilchrist in the national side. Excerpts from an interview:

How did you react to the IPL call?

The offer came as a massive surprise. There's no particular interest in Australian domestic circuit about the IPL. But when players like David Hussey, Luke Pomersbach got the kind of money that they did, it generated great interest back home.

How does it feel getting this contract before being picked for Australia?

Playing the IPL is most important for me as I'll be competing with the top guys. But I'm not frustrated about not having played for Australia. There was always Gilchrist in the picture. I'm 26, and my time will come.

What are you looking forward to the most about the Mumbai Indians?

I've seen a couple of matches on television when Sachin Tendulkar has batted at the Wankhede Stadium. He happens to be India's most famous cricketer, and it'll be simply great to live that atmosphere when he gets those ovations.

Will there be extra pressure on you because of your dual role?

I've been doing the job of a wicket-keeper for the last few years, so I don't think it is any extra job or added pressure.

Do you enjoy batting in the Twenty20 format?

My style of play is to go out there and play shots. That way Twenty20 is bit of mindless batting, but that adds to the charm of the game.

Matches