Former New Zealand pacer Shane Bond said that it would be difficult to switch to ICC Champions Trophy mode after a month of playing Indian Premier League. The annual Indian T20 league is scheduled to finish on May 21, while the Champions Trophy begins on June 1 in England.Also Read - IPL 2022 | Decision on MS Dhoni's Retention Will be Taken Only After Knowing Rules: CSK
“Because of the condensed schedules in the IPL, and the heat and the travel, the bowlers haven’t been bowling a lot in the nets. Going into the ICC Champions Trophy, where the top bowlers will be expected to bowl their quota of 10 overs, will pose a unique kind of challenge in terms of the bowlers not having had enough of a workload. It is important that it is not just your skills that are up to speed, you need to have had miles in the legs as well,” Bond said. Also Read - IPL 2021 Final: Dwayne Bravo Sets New Record With 16th T20 Title, Takes a Dig at Kieron Pollard After Chennai Super Kings Win 4th IPL Trophy
Bond is currently coaching the Mumbai Indians in the ongoing edition of the IPL. He has been closely following two of New Zealand’s premier quicks who are part of the Mumbai Indians setup. Also Read - CSK Captain MS Dhoni Sheds Light on His IPL Future, Plays it in Hands of BCCI
“There are a couple of Kiwis in our franchise – Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan – who are in the ICC Champions Trophy squad. Mitch has been a regular feature in our playing XI, but Tim hasn’t had as many games. The challenge for both Tim and Mitch is bowling 5-6 over spells that they most likely will in England,” Bond said.
Bond wasn’t too worried about the batsmen. He felt they are better off than the bowlers, as the mindset according to him will be the same for the batters.
“The mindset is pretty much the same in both formats. Look to hit the ball hard, score quickly. There will be the odd challenge in terms of changes of roles for certain batsmen. Rohit Sharma has been batting in the middle order for us and Aaron Finch for Gujarat Lions and both of them will need to re-adjust to playing the new ball, in English conditions, when they open the batting for their respective countries,” he added.