Chennai: Common sense says conditions in Sri Lanka, where the World T20 is going to be held in a week’s time, will be of the ideal subcontinent type which will help the spinners.
But New Zealand’s Kyle Mills begs to differ. The pacer who recently had a successful stint in the Sri Lanka Premier League (SLPL), is of the opinion that the pitches in the island nation have undergone a transformation and will be very helpful for the seamers during the World T20.
At the pre-match media conference, Mills was asked about his experience of playing in the SLPL. “The wickets in Sri Lanka have changed a lotů Newer grounds have come up and now there’s seam movementů Particularly, at Pallekele. There’s very encouraging movement there, which suits our style of play.
“I have not come across a wicket like Pallekele in the subcontinent. In Premadasa, during the day it was pretty flat but when the lights came out, it swung around a lot for the seamers. People will have to adapt pretty quickly to those situations,” Mills warned.
Speaking about his own team, Mills said they would try to get into the groove for the World T20 by getting the better of India on Tuesday.
“I’m a firm believer in the fact that cricket is a big momentum game... If you have momentum on your side, then you can sort of work with that throughout the tournament. Tuesday night is a starting point to get into a good place to work towards the World Cup,” Mills said.
Ruing the rain-washed Visakhapatnam tie, he said: “It’s unfortunate that the match got washed out. It’s disappointing ahead of a major tournament. It would’ve been good to play against a quality team like India. Hopefully, the weather gods hold up and keep the rain away so we can get some much needed game-time ahead of the big tournament,” he said.
The Black Caps have had a pretty rough time of late. But Mills is looking at the brighter side of things. “I think, it as an exciting time for New Zealand cricket.
“Especially with a young bowling group who have put in some fine performances in the recent past. The first Test was a big switch from the usual New Zealand kind of play and even some of the Indian cricketers will acknowledge that.