IPL is changing the face of world cricket: Pollock

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Published: Tuesday, May 8, 2012, 16:48 [IST]
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IPL helps players to experiment: Pollock

New Delhi, May 8: Former South Africa skipper and pacer Shaun Pollock feels the Indian Premier League has benefited the game of cricket by helping both bowlers and batsmen to innovate different playing styles.

Pollock, who is currently a mentor-cum-coach for the Mumbai Indians said the IPL is a fantastic league in all aspects, be it games, players, franchises and spectators.

"Cricket has moved ahead amazingly with the IPL, both financially as well as technically. Before the IPL, soccer players, golfers and tennis players were the envy of other sports persons. Now cricketers have joined the big-buck-earners," Pollock said.

"The IPL is a platform for cricketers to experiment and try out new things. We have seen bowlers coming up with baffling deliveries and batsmen playing hitherto unknown breath-taking shots," he said.

The 38-year-old said the IPL allows players to share their thoughts and experience about the game and also gain knowledge.

"It has broken all barriers. The playing format may be the same as any form of international cricket, but the players from different backgrounds and cultures are mingling like one family. That has helped the players to share their experiences with others and gain immensely," he said.

Pollock said Mumbai Indians have benefited from their eclectic mix of players in the dressing room.

Mumbai Indians are sitting comfortably on third in the points table and Pollock hopes they can make it to the play-offs and eventually win the title.


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