IPL 2018: IPL helped me to get my cricketing mojo back, says David Willey

David Willey played only 3 matches for CSK and picked up 2 wickets in the IPL 2018.

David Willey with Faf du Plessis, Mark Wood at net session | IANS

English all-rounder David Willey, who represented  Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the recently concluded Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018, has credited India’s T20 event for regaining his interest into the game, saying he has been now enjoying cricket after playing in the IPL 2018.

The Yorkshire all-rounder admitted that the IPL experience and sharing dressing room with  some of the greats of the game had a huge impact on him and it helped him to overcome the unwanted thoughts.

Willey further said that it was a great learning experience to play in the great environment in the IPL that refreshes him and hoping to "shine through this summer.”

His comment came after his thrilling return to English domestic season, taking four wickets to help Yorkshire to beat Derbyshire by 2-wickets at County Ground, Derby in a Royal London one-day Cup match on 30 May.

As per reports in the official website of Yorkshire side, Willey said, “When I first went out there, I wasn’t too sure what to expect. But it surpassed all expectations. It was a great learning experience. You are playing with and against some of the best players from around the globe and working work some coaches that have incredible CVs. It’s certainly helped me become a student of the game again, which is quite refreshing.”

The 28-year-old further went on to explain, “I wasn’t in a great place with my cricket last summer. But to play in that environment and learn so much in such a short space of time was quite exciting. Now, I just want to play. Last summer, definitely (I fell out of love with cricket). It was a tough time and somewhere I’ve never been with cricket before. To just be wishing the game would be finished so I could get away from the ground was quite tough to process given it’s a game I’ve loved from as young as I can remember. It was tough to deal with and understand. But I’m back thoroughly enjoying my cricket again, and hopefully, that can shine through this summer.”

Willey signed off by saying, “When you’re sat on the sidelines for such a long time, the game moves on and you can get stuck in a bit of a rut. Then you play the odd game and it’s difficult to be up to speed. You can practice all you want, but nothing replicates being out in the middle. It was great to be back out there at Derby. The more I play, the more I’ll get that confidence back. Fingers crossed I’ll play more regularly for England.”


By Rashmi Nanda - 04 Jun, 2018

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