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IPL 2014: Playing alongside Sachin Tendulkar was really exciting, says Mitchell Johnson

One of the most feared bowlers in international cricket today, Mitchell Johnson was not retained by the Mumbai Indians © IANS
One of the most feared bowlers in international cricket today, Mitchell Johnson was not retained by the Mumbai Indians © IANS

Apr 15, 2014

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) fast bowler Mitchell Johnson says he cherishes the opportunity that he got to play alongside Sachin Tendulkar in the 2013 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The left-arm pacer is no more a part of the Mumbai Indians (MI), wherein the cricket fraternity had witnessed the rise of Johnson.

Talking about his experience of playing in IPL 6, Johnson told Cricket Australia’s official website, “The first IPL I played [2013] with a really good team at Mumbai and played with Sachin [Tendulkar] which was really exciting. He’s a guy that I had grown up watching and to have the opportunity to play with him is something not many people get.”

Johnson said IPL is more about entertainment and he is looking forward to the 2014 edition of the IPL. “I’ve had confidence with the white ball and been pretty consistent in the limited-overs format. You can get the white ball to swing, but really it’s just good to get out there and enjoy some cricket which is how I see the IPL — it’s really just a form of entertainment,” he said.

The menacing paceman says that T20 cricket is not a format that he loves, and Test cricket will always be his priority. Johnson said, “Twenty20 [T20], I will quite happily say, is not my favourite format. I would rather play Test cricket… And maybe one-day [50-over international] cricket I have to look at as well.”

“All in all, the IPL is just unbelievable. Guys who had played there before and like Shane [Watson] and Davey Warner had told me about how exciting it was that and that it was heaps of fun. It is a bit of a circus, the crowds are massive and get right behind it and it’s just so full on.  People ask me what’s India like, and I say they make you feel like a rock star because they just cheer for you non-stop. You come back to the hotel after a game, and in the lobby, there is just people everywhere screaming and yelling,” he said.

Johnson ended by saying that the experience of being cheered for in India was quite a novel one. “It’s quite amazing when they’re chanting for you, and I can remember going down to fine leg between overs and they’re standing and cheering my name. That certainly doesn’t happen very often when you’re playing overseas,” he said.

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