Updated May 15th, 2024 at 14:17 IST

'He is an OUTSTANDING cricketer': Justin Langer is highly impressed with two IPL youngsters

Lucknow Super Giants coach Justin Langer highlights the one-sided nature of the bat-dominated IPL 2024 tournament, expressing his views on the dynamics.

Justin Langer | Image:BCCI

Delhi Capitals faced off against Lucknow Super Giants in an intense IPL encounter where Delhi Capitals emerged victorious by 19 runs. In a thrilling T20 match, Delhi Capitals posted a formidable total of 208/4 in their 20 overs, with Abishek Porel and Tristan Stubbs making significant contributions. Lucknow Super Giants fought hard but could only manage 189/9 in response. Ishant Sharma's stellar bowling performance of 3/34 earned him the Player of the Match award.

Justin Langer made a huge statement about LSG’s loss to DC

Lucknow Super Giants head coach Justin Langer expressed that the aggressive cricket seen in the powerplay has significantly impacted the shortest format. However, he emphasized the need for players to replicate this performance in the upcoming T20 World Cup in the Americas. This season, IPL teams have achieved 200 or more runs in a match 37 times. Unfortunately, LSG managed to accomplish this only once, against Chennai Super Kings last month. Langer candidly admitted that the team has faced challenges in the powerplay.

"The Lucknow wicket has been a real contest between bat and ball whereas a lot in this tournament has been very one sided towards the bat. So that's certainly, we haven't capitalised in our powerplay like some of the other teams have," Langer said after LSG lost by 19 runs to Delhi Capitals here on Tuesday night.

"It's been absolutely amazing watching some of these powerplays. It's almost transformed the game. And whether people can continue to do this and whether they can do it during the World Cup, time will tell. But it's certainly been ultra aggressive cricket." 

Defending 209, DC had reduced LSG to 71 for 5 but pace all-rounder Arshad Khan gave a real scare when he slammed an unbeaten 33-ball 58 before the hosts held their nerves to limit the visitors to 189 for 9.

"I think Arshad is a very good cricketer. You saw that he swung the ball early. He's a good fieldsman and to be able to bat like that, he's a very good package," Langer said.

"I"ve thought the whole way through watching this tournament that he's got huge potential and he showed some of that tonight. So when he becomes more consistent, particularly with his bowling, he could be a real handful and a very, very good all-around cricketer." 

For DC, Tristan Stubbs was sensational as he smashed a 25-ball 57 and then returned to take a wicket.

"I think Tristan Stubbs, that wicket was important obviously. We tried (Deepak) Hooda when the two left-handers were in and he got a wicket for us two games ago, he didn't get one this game, whereas Stubbs did," Langer said.

"So I thought if we had been a little more intelligent with our batting today, that was a chaseable score on this wicket. He's (Stubbs) a very good cricketer. I've been seeing the power plays in the first six, but we're also seeing the way some of these teams are finishing off, and I think Stubbs is an outstanding cricketer." 

Talking about the focus on match-ups these days, Langer said: "There's so much data these days, so when you do your analysis leading into every game and what often happens traditionally is left-handers don't have as much impact on the game against off-spin when the ball's spinning away.


"You saw Bishy (Ravi Bishnoi) bowled beautifully when they're spinning away, whereas when the ball's spinning back into the left-hander or the off-spin is spinning back into the right-hander, it tends to be more in the arc to be hitting some of these sixes.

"So generally the thinking is that the ball that's turning away from the batsman, left or right, is the way that most teams tend to match it up. Often when a wicket quickly falls, you look to get an off spinner on ... and the truth is, there's not too many Ravi Ashwins or Nathan Lyons in the world. So it's a specialist role, that's why often part-timers are used." 

All Indian bowlers are doing good job: Amre

DC are missing some key players but they ended things on a high and assistant coach Pravin Amre credited the back-up players and Indian bowlers for producing the goods.

"It's a new team, I look personally at many positives. As a find, Jake, Stubbs, Porel are good finds for us and even Rasik. I think last four games, he really contributed well and as an Indian, bowling in a death, I think that's a specialist job. He backed himself very well," he said.

"So I think last four or five games, all Indian bowlers are doing good job. I think that was very important for us, like the way Khaleel bowled, Mukesh bowled, Ishant bowled, I think that was very positive for us as a franchise.

"In IPL, you have to expect the unexpected. Harry Brooks was not there, then (Mitchell) Marsh had to go, also (David) Warner got injured. So auction table team was not playing but the back-up players came and delivered. To finish at number five, I think that's a special achievement."

LSG is currently in 7th place and will face MI on May 17, 2024.

(With PTI Inputs)


Published May 15th, 2024 at 13:39 IST