Monday, December 5, 2022

Moeen Ali is sad to leave RCB

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RCB have played 10 matches so far in IPL 2019 but has won only 3 matches so far. They are at bottom of points table. RCB won their last two matches against strongest teams of IPL 2019. They first defeated KKR in which Virat Kohli scored a brilliant century. In next match they defeated CSK. If RCB wants to qualify in playoffs it has to win its remaining all matches.

RCB has to face KXIP today but before the match there is bad news for them as their important all-rounder Moeen Ali has to return to England for preparations for ICC world cup 2019.

Moeen Ali is an important part of RCB. He has not got the limelight due to presence of big players in his team like AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli but he holds his value in team. In last two matches of RCB, which they have won, Moeen Ali had an important part to play. His 66 off 28 balls helped his team to set a target of 213 runs against KKR. If he has not played a fast inning of 26 runs in 16 balls in match against CSK, RCB would have not won that match.

Moeen ali expressed his disappointment in leaving RCB in mid-season. He said “I think it’s worse when there are three games to go. There’s not much cricket left. If there were six or seven games left, it was a little more understandable. It’s also difficult to leave a team, especially when I’m in a bit of form and I want to keep going in the IPL, trying to improve my game.I feel like I’m a big part of the boys and I’ll miss them. It’s a shame but there’s obviously the World Cup which is very important as well.”

On asked how important is his job in RCB he said

“My job in the team is to take the pressure off Kohli and de Villiers. It is very difficult for a team to win if you rely on just two guys batting because they feel the pressure as well. My job is to come and score some runs and be part of the batting group and contribute in winning games. I think it gives a lot of confidence if Virat and AB don’t score, or if one of them doesn’t play, like AB didn’t against KKR, we can still score 200-plus.”

“I have the confidence in my own game and belief that I can also score runs just as quick as them and take games away from the opposition. It won’t always happen but I know I can do that. I might be a quiet sort of person, but I’m quite confident in my own game. Before I even came to RCB, I said to myself I wanted to score the runs that I could. I know I can do it, it is just going out and having the confidence to do it.”

Well naturally Moeen Ali absence will be felt in RCB. He has taken 5 wickets in 10 matches he has played so far in this season of IPL. But the best news for RCB has been Dale Steyn entry in playing XI. RCB has won all his matches after Dale Steyn entry.

On asked to Moeen Ali about Dale Steyn effect on his team, he replied “He’s been massive, we didn’t take wickets in Powerplays and now since he has come, we’ve been taking wickets. When you take two, three, four wickets [in Powerplays], most of the time you’re going to win the game. I think just the name of Dale Steyn [is enough], well he has not played much in the last couple of years, but he still has class. The way he bowls, the swing… he pitches it up, he’s quite brave in the way he bowls. It’s probably the thing that we’ve been lacking in this team and it has cost us in a few games. But having him has been huge for our bowlers as well – the way he sets the tone in the first couple of overs. Anybody can get smashed but he has been fantastic.”

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