Mike Hesson, the director of operations of Royal Challenger Bangalore, feels that spin is going to play a crucial role in the upcoming edition of the IPL, adding that a total in the range of 150-160 could well turn out to be a match-winning score.
The 13th season of the Indian Premier League will take place in the United Arab Emirates between September 19-November 10. With the tournament taking place on only three venues- Abu Dhabi, Sharjah, and Dubai- Hesson reckoned that the wear and tear on the tracks and also the fact the grounds are big as compared to those in India, spinners could become the trump cards for every team. He also added that the players will have to adjust to the varying conditions on a given day in order to perform consistently.
“On certain grounds, the role of spinners will be really big. In a place like Abu Dhabi, spinners have traditionally played a big role there, it is a bigger ground and spinners come into the equation. But it probably doesn’t spin as much as it does in Dubai and Sharjah,” Mike Hesson said in a video posted by RCB’s official Twitter handle.
“We have loads and loads of information on every wicket, but we need to have the ability to adjust to the conditions on the given day. Spin will obviously play a part. Over here in the UAE, 150-160 can be a good score,” he added.
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“We have spent a lot of time in reviewing the past seasons”- Mike Hesson
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have endured abysmal performances in the past three seasons. The Virat Kohli-led side has finished with the wooden spoon twice in the last three editions. Mike Hesson said that the think-tank discussed performances of the past and tried to plug the gaps that have grappled the franchise in the 2020 auctions.
“We have spent a lot of time in reviewing the past seasons, before the auction we addressed the gaps we had in our lineup, we tried to address them with the new signings. I think there is a lot of talk about finishing the innings with the ball in hand, we have got some experienced players who can do the role now,” Mike Hesson said
“We also feel that we can improve the players we had earlier. We also need to maximize the playing group, for us to perform as a team, we have to rely on the squad and the players who have not done a massive job for us in the past,” Mike Hesson added.