New Zealand’s Lockie Ferguson will be donning the purple and gold for IPL 2020. Ferguson will be an exciting talent to watch out for as he adds strength with his raw pace to the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) side. Becoming a sportsman was always on the cards for Ferguson as he belongs to a family of athletes.
His father was a rugby player, mother a sprinter and brother a fast bowler. Ferguson took inspiration from his brother, who is four years older than him, and shaped himself better as a fast bowler. Ferguson admitted that his brother was better than him and he took inspiration from that to go one step ahead.
“My brother was a very fast bowler. He is four years older than me. Growing up and playing alongside him, I realised he was much faster and stronger than me. I guess I just wanted to be better than him pretty much most of my life. I was watching the Michael Jordan series (The Last Dance) a few days ago where Scottie Pippen actually talks about how he always wanted to be better than his brother,” Lockie Ferguson told kkr.in.
“But I guess, as you grow up you realise you have skills in certain areas. I always loved playing sports. I think I didn’t know that I would be putting out such speeds until I came onboard with New Zealand,” he added.
Ferguson captivated one and all with his raw pace during the 2019 World Cup. Ferguson was a part of the New Zealand squad which came agonizingly close to get their hands on the World Cup but missed out on a whisker. It will be a chance for Lockie Ferguson to now show his calibre for KKR in the IPL 2020.
Ferguson has the experience of playing 51 T20s, where he has picked up 47 wickets at an average of 28.31. His experience in the shortest format of the game will come in crucial for the KKR during the upcoming IPL.