26-year-old New Zealand quick Adam Milne joined the IPL defending champions Mumbai Indians for the IPL 2018, as a replacement for injured Aussie quick Pat Cummins.
Milne is considered as one of the fastest bowlers on the planet. He clocks 150 kmph on a consistent basis. In 70 Twenty20 appearances, Milne has picked up 83 wickets at an economy rate of 7.77. In an interview with Mumbai Indians website, Milne talked about being a part of defending champions.
“Shane’s had a lot of influence on my bowling. When I started playing domestic cricket, he was the bowling coach of Central Districts. He has had a lot of influence on how I bowl as well as my growth and development as a bowler. He has a great cricket mind and is very good at the tactical side of things. He comes up with a plan and always tries to develop that side of your game. You can always look at timing and technique, but he’s great with the technical side of things as well,” Milne said about Shane Bond, MI’s bowling coach.
“It’s been cool coming to this team. It’s quite unfortunate we didn’t get the results we wanted. But it’s occurred to me that a few of the guys are superstars in our team. I have had a chance to play against them (in international cricket) but not with them. So, trying to know them better has been really cool. It has been very welcoming and I’m looking forward to spending more time with my teammates,” Milne said.
The Kiwi quick has represented his country in 40 ODIs and 19 T20Is.
Milne credited former New Zealand Olympics sprinter Chris Donaldson for his conditioning and training. Donaldson represented New Zealand at the 1996 and 2000 Olympic Games. Donaldson’s personal best of 20.42 seconds in the 200 metres is still a Kiwi national record.
“I think it just comes down to how dedicated you are with your fitness. As a fast bowler, you have to generally be one of the fittest players in the team. We need to run fast and also be strong,” Milne says.
“Chris Donaldson is amazing at running gym programmes that help up get fit and fast. He’s been amazing for not just me, but all the other guys like Trent Boult and Tim Southee,” he adds.
“When you come into a team, your goal is to help that team win games. Mumbai Indians have got a great set-up here and it shows why they’ve done well in the Vivo IPL. They’re the only team to win three Vivo IPL titles, which shows the calibre of the cricketers that are playing here. It also shows the pride they have in this competition. I think the No. 1 goal is to try and do anything I can to help the team win games,” he wants to win matches for MI.
“I’ve been to Mumbai a couple of times but I enjoy finding new spots for dinner. I know there are nice restaurants here, so I always like finding new food places and try different things. That’s always good,” he says.
He has a special message for the MI Paltan, too, “Just stay strong. And keep coming out here and supporting us. The team is doing some really good work in training and we’re looking forward to getting back out there and get on a roll and get some wins and get into this competition and take it deep and hopefully, get into the finals. And once we’re into those, the boys have got a good experience of bringing the trophy home.”