Calcutta: Mitchell Johnson, who experienced the joy of winning the IPL in his very first season with Mumbai Indians, has once again made the final this year, but in different colours. After Kings XI Punjab stopped Chennai Super Kings from making their fifth consecutive final, their pace spearhead, Johnson feels he got his timing right of joining IPL.
“It’s amazing. It seems I have got my timing joining the IPL right! This is the same as last year, for a different team. Two finals in two IPLs is amazing,” Johnson was quoted as saying by the ipl20.com.
“Hopefully, my team can once again get over the line this time. Everyone was pretty disappointed after the first qualifier against KKR. But throughout the tournament every time we have lost a game, we’ve bounced back really well.”
When asked if he thought the Virender Sehwag blast was in the offing, Johnson said that it was meant to be.
“Yes, actually a couple of times before, we thought he was about to take off. And he finally did today.
“He waited till the qualifier to show his best and that’s very good for us. He even ran a couple of quick twos and singles today. That’s pretty good to see.”
The turning point was George Bailey’s run-out of Suresh Raina as that stopped Chennai from gaining momentum and Johnson feels that had it not been for the run-out it would have been difficult to stop Raina.
“The turning point was George’s run-out of Raina. The way he was batting, you couldn’t bowl anywhere to him at that point. They were 100 after six overs and they were flying,” said Johnson.
Johnson said that he spoke to Parvinder Awana after the pacer went for 33 runs in an over.
“I just kept saying to him, ‘Just keep bowling your best ball’. It’s fine. The young guys felt a bit of pressure, but like it happened in our batting innings as well, a lot of good balls were put away to the boundary; it was just that kind of a wicket. We’ve experienced those kinds of wickets throughout this tournament.”