Levi can be a match-winner, says Pollock

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Published: Wednesday, April 11, 2012, 10:57 [IST]
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Levi can be a match-winner: Pollock

Mumbai, Apr 11: Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shaun Pollock has praised his compatriot Richard Levi and feels he can be a match-winner for the team in IPL 5.

Levi, who was bought by Mumbai this season, started off on a bright note, hitting quick half century in the opening game against Chennai Super Kings on April 4. However, he has had two failures after that.

The South African opener shot to fame with the fastest 45-ball hundred against New Zealand. He also smashed 13 sixes in that game, which is also a new record.

"This is a bit of a new experience for him. He's such a wonderful striker of the ball, has the ability to win games on his own. If he can get going it can be wonderful for us," said Pollock.

Pollock also praised Rajasthan Royals opener Ajinkya Rahane who had played for Mumbai in the first two years of IPL. "Ajinkya is a wonderful player. He's come on in leaps and bounds since I first met him at the Mumbai Indians back in seasons 1 and 2. He's played for India now, toured all around the world. He's started off with the wonderful knock in the game they played the other day, so he's a good player and we will have to bowl well to him," he said.

Talking about the Wankhede Stadium, Pollock said he was surprised at the behaviour of the pitch against Pune Warriors where Mumbai went down by 28 runs in a low-scoring match.

"I was a bit surprised as we played a few practise games and the ball didn't behave the way it did during the match (against Pune Warriors). But that was no excuse for us losing the last game.

"In the IPL you need to adjust to all the different conditions you come across if you want to be successful. It was disappointing the way we played here the last time. Very keen to put that straight and play much better this time around," the former South Africa captain said.


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