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  • POSTED BY soovi on | April 1, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    kings XI will the most favored and supported team in this edition just because they have sehwag and johnson...I am searching for kings XI fan club...cud anybody help?

  • POSTED BY on | April 1, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Mitch is hungry to perform , I believe KXIP has managed to string a good bunch of experienced overseas players And everybody knows about their prowess and the extremely talented domestic players like rishi dhawan , anureet , Mandeep , Vohra, Gurkirat...... Come on guys KXIP Rocks

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | March 31, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    Every cricketer wants to be a part of IPL.. for learning and earning...

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | March 28, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    @realfan Wow, really? And you know his purple patch has gone because?

  • POSTED BY realfan on | March 27, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    more fire in IPL means being more mediocre than he was previously... his long dued purple patch is gone... and with his wounded leg , he sure will have fire power of wavered bowling

  • POSTED BY DJardine on | March 27, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    It was good as long as it lasted.... yeah it's over. Johnson had The Purple patch of his career. But it's over now. back to being the mediocre bowler he was

  • POSTED BY realfan on | March 27, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    and thus his purple patch ends.... :D

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 27, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    @Cricketsubh There's a difference between finger and toe. Go back to school. "The infection arose from a cut in his right big toe"

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | March 27, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    Mitch should be most pleased within-though he wont say it to outside world,be diplomatic as always to press-he's playing for Punjab,for 1 reason.What better place-in Ind-for fastestest to bowl than @ Mohali?Will play most there.And scenic,high D'sala!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    @Cricketsubh: I am not defending Johnson but you kinda have to understand why he chose IPL over world T20 as he is 33. Would love to see him bowl in any format at the moment though.

  • POSTED BY bren19 on | March 27, 2014, 0:26 GMT

    @cricketsubh - Mitch did not decide not to play - the doctors decided for him. Also, it was not a small infection in his finger, it was a serious infection in his toe which spread to his leg. You did however get the right player - well done.

  • POSTED BY Chris_P on | March 27, 2014, 0:24 GMT

    No matter who your team affiliations are with, there is nothing more exciting than watching quick bowlers strut their stuff. Even when the Wiindies were demolishing other teams, you couldn't help but marvel at the sight of quick bowlers doing their thing. Johnson should invoke similar sentiment, although I believe Maxwell's acquisition will reap the biggest dividends for this franchise. This format is perfectly suited to his talents.

  • POSTED BY foozball on | March 26, 2014, 22:55 GMT

    @cricketsubh I wouldn't call an infection that spread to his LEG a small one...

  • POSTED BY fiddlerv90 on | March 26, 2014, 21:51 GMT

    i honestly don't think johnson would do much of a damage in IPL. I saw how he struggle against AB de veliers and JP in SA. He can only take lucky wickets since he only bowls 'hit me balls',which are short balls and halfollies. He should plan for planB if short balls defy him.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 26, 2014, 21:28 GMT

    @cricketsubh Get your facts correct before you comment

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | March 26, 2014, 19:02 GMT

    @crickersubh: You have mentioned that the World T20 is 'better' than the IPL. Can you care to say HOW is it better than the IPL ? Seriously, all this IPL hating is getting way too old and boring. Give us sensible points as to how the IPL is detrimental to world cricket before saying it is 'bad'. The IPL is already into its sixth year successfully. It does have some accountability issues but other than that, it's still the most powerful, attractive and lucrative T20 league in the world. I am no medical expert but if I am correct, Johnson's toe infection has a recovery span of 2-4 weeks. That puts him out of the World T20 even if he wanted to play. The IPL starts on April 16 and that allows Johnson to make a nice recovery just in time for the season. So it's all the way of destiny honestly. If you had asked Johnson, he would definitely prefer to represent Australia as much play for Kings XI.

  • POSTED BY siddhartha87 on | March 26, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    I hope trio of Viru-Maxwell and Miller destroy opposition bowling attacks. Good to hear about Rishi Dhawan from someone like Johnson.Dhawan can be a great asset to team India in future

  • POSTED BY cricketsubh on | March 26, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    i donot think jhonson make a right dicision to miss t20 wc becoz he got small infection in his finger as a p-layer u need to in the world events this is the best chance for jhonson to tell the world he can win the wc for aus .takeing wickets in ipl not making him a great t2o bowler this is bad move by jhonson not to go for world cup becoz of small infection T20 WC IS 100 TIME BATTER THEN IPL THEIR IS NO COMPAIRISION WC WITH IPL.PLZ PUBLISH

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 26, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    would have love Johnson playing again for Mumbai indians.but malinga,zaheer and santokie are good as him.

  • POSTED BY rohanblue on | March 26, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    since he is going to bowl most of his spells in Mohali, i guess batsmen needs few more guards to save themselves.......

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 26, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    in t20's I batsmans just go for it. , they never fear whoz the bowler.. so no mental issues for me. . as johnson is known for his inconsistency this will be interesting to see how he goes

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | March 26, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    Can't believe it's only his 2nd stint in the IPL.

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Why Mumbai has not buyed Mitch Johnson, Glenn Maxwell and Rishi Dhawan. They should have been in MI, so should have Dwayne Smith. They should have also gone for Viru, he was cheaply snapped by KXIP. Than they had the option of buying Bhuvi or Shami or Umesh or Aroon to but they buyed Zaheer. They also didnt buyed Surya Kumar Yadav or Unmukt Chand not even tried for manish Pandey. I dont say they should have buyed this all, but atleast would have buyed some and have formed formidable side. Retaining only 5 players for such a huge amount was not good in that they should have given one more player but not 2.

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 26, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    kxip is definately a stronger side this year.......other ipl teams physios and medics will have some work to do....with the form johnson currently is, players are sure to get bruises even fractures!!!!

  • POSTED BY FRpunk on | March 26, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    Great Interview . Can`t wait to See The Fastest Bowler in the World Playing in the Pepsi Ipl . but the thing that worries me is that UAE might be To Hot to Handle for even MJ . He might get Fatigued there . If IPL was in South Africa MJ would have made a Huge Difference but i am Sure he Would Still be a Decisive Factor in Pepsi Ipl 2014 .

    Kings 11 are the Team to beat . The Million Dollar Man is on Fire . Miller was their Best Player Last year . Bailey is Fantastic Batsman and Captain . Risi Dhawan is a Promising All rounder . Plus they have a hungry Sehwag who would want to Prove a Point or Two .

  • POSTED BY Jalz007 on | March 26, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    Best of Lucks to Mitch Johnson. Hope he carries forth his form in IPL too!!1

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | March 26, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Good to hear that from Mitch. His home is now the PCA (Mohali) which is one of India's fastest and bounciest pitch. I am sure he will enjoy the surface there. Besides, he has to only bowl 4 overs and even that is spilt into 2 over spells. That shouldn't be a problem for him as he he has been magnificent in test cricket. Kings XI have done all the right things to bring Johnson to Punjab. I think they really have a good shot at winning the IPL for the first time in 6 years.

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  • POSTED BY soovi on | April 1, 2014, 17:49 GMT

    kings XI will the most favored and supported team in this edition just because they have sehwag and johnson...I am searching for kings XI fan club...cud anybody help?

  • POSTED BY on | April 1, 2014, 16:08 GMT

    Mitch is hungry to perform , I believe KXIP has managed to string a good bunch of experienced overseas players And everybody knows about their prowess and the extremely talented domestic players like rishi dhawan , anureet , Mandeep , Vohra, Gurkirat...... Come on guys KXIP Rocks

  • POSTED BY indianzen on | March 31, 2014, 3:12 GMT

    Every cricketer wants to be a part of IPL.. for learning and earning...

  • POSTED BY Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on | March 28, 2014, 3:07 GMT

    @realfan Wow, really? And you know his purple patch has gone because?

  • POSTED BY realfan on | March 27, 2014, 10:28 GMT

    more fire in IPL means being more mediocre than he was previously... his long dued purple patch is gone... and with his wounded leg , he sure will have fire power of wavered bowling

  • POSTED BY DJardine on | March 27, 2014, 9:05 GMT

    It was good as long as it lasted.... yeah it's over. Johnson had The Purple patch of his career. But it's over now. back to being the mediocre bowler he was

  • POSTED BY realfan on | March 27, 2014, 8:07 GMT

    and thus his purple patch ends.... :D

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 27, 2014, 3:20 GMT

    @Cricketsubh There's a difference between finger and toe. Go back to school. "The infection arose from a cut in his right big toe"

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | March 27, 2014, 2:53 GMT

    Mitch should be most pleased within-though he wont say it to outside world,be diplomatic as always to press-he's playing for Punjab,for 1 reason.What better place-in Ind-for fastestest to bowl than @ Mohali?Will play most there.And scenic,high D'sala!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 27, 2014, 1:18 GMT

    @Cricketsubh: I am not defending Johnson but you kinda have to understand why he chose IPL over world T20 as he is 33. Would love to see him bowl in any format at the moment though.

  • POSTED BY Cpt.Meanster on | March 26, 2014, 13:38 GMT

    Good to hear that from Mitch. His home is now the PCA (Mohali) which is one of India's fastest and bounciest pitch. I am sure he will enjoy the surface there. Besides, he has to only bowl 4 overs and even that is spilt into 2 over spells. That shouldn't be a problem for him as he he has been magnificent in test cricket. Kings XI have done all the right things to bring Johnson to Punjab. I think they really have a good shot at winning the IPL for the first time in 6 years.

  • POSTED BY Jalz007 on | March 26, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    Best of Lucks to Mitch Johnson. Hope he carries forth his form in IPL too!!1

  • POSTED BY FRpunk on | March 26, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    Great Interview . Can`t wait to See The Fastest Bowler in the World Playing in the Pepsi Ipl . but the thing that worries me is that UAE might be To Hot to Handle for even MJ . He might get Fatigued there . If IPL was in South Africa MJ would have made a Huge Difference but i am Sure he Would Still be a Decisive Factor in Pepsi Ipl 2014 .

    Kings 11 are the Team to beat . The Million Dollar Man is on Fire . Miller was their Best Player Last year . Bailey is Fantastic Batsman and Captain . Risi Dhawan is a Promising All rounder . Plus they have a hungry Sehwag who would want to Prove a Point or Two .

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | March 26, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    kxip is definately a stronger side this year.......other ipl teams physios and medics will have some work to do....with the form johnson currently is, players are sure to get bruises even fractures!!!!

  • POSTED BY on | March 26, 2014, 14:29 GMT

    Why Mumbai has not buyed Mitch Johnson, Glenn Maxwell and Rishi Dhawan. They should have been in MI, so should have Dwayne Smith. They should have also gone for Viru, he was cheaply snapped by KXIP. Than they had the option of buying Bhuvi or Shami or Umesh or Aroon to but they buyed Zaheer. They also didnt buyed Surya Kumar Yadav or Unmukt Chand not even tried for manish Pandey. I dont say they should have buyed this all, but atleast would have buyed some and have formed formidable side. Retaining only 5 players for such a huge amount was not good in that they should have given one more player but not 2.

  • POSTED BY xtrafalgarx on | March 26, 2014, 14:30 GMT

    Can't believe it's only his 2nd stint in the IPL.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 26, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    in t20's I batsmans just go for it. , they never fear whoz the bowler.. so no mental issues for me. . as johnson is known for his inconsistency this will be interesting to see how he goes

  • POSTED BY rohanblue on | March 26, 2014, 15:26 GMT

    since he is going to bowl most of his spells in Mohali, i guess batsmen needs few more guards to save themselves.......

  • POSTED BY android_user on | March 26, 2014, 15:42 GMT

    would have love Johnson playing again for Mumbai indians.but malinga,zaheer and santokie are good as him.

  • POSTED BY cricketsubh on | March 26, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    i donot think jhonson make a right dicision to miss t20 wc becoz he got small infection in his finger as a p-layer u need to in the world events this is the best chance for jhonson to tell the world he can win the wc for aus .takeing wickets in ipl not making him a great t2o bowler this is bad move by jhonson not to go for world cup becoz of small infection T20 WC IS 100 TIME BATTER THEN IPL THEIR IS NO COMPAIRISION WC WITH IPL.PLZ PUBLISH

IPL news March 26, 2014

Johnson promises more fire in IPL

Nagraj Gollapudi
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Recent form psychological edge for IPL - Johnson

Mitchell Johnson, the most fearsome fast bowler in world cricket at the moment, is ready for the IPL. And Johnson, bought by Kings XI Punjab for INR 6.5 crore ($1.4m), has issued a warning: he will continue to deliver the menacing spells that destroyed the confidence and mental composure of some of the best international batsmen in the last six months. With his aggression, extreme speed and accuracy, Johnson not only etched bruises and caused pain but also helped Australia regain the Ashes before overwhelming South Africa, the world's No. 1 Test team, on their own turf.

The fear factor he managed to create, Johnson agreed, is likely to help him gain a psychological edge in the IPL. "Definitely it is a psychological advantage based on the past six months of my performances," Johnson said in a media call arranged by the franchise on Wednesday. "(I bowled) A lot of short-pitched bowling which was more effective on our bouncier wickets (in Australia and South Africa). But even on the last ODI series in India I definitely tried to bowl short-pitched deliveries.

"I have often said I really do enjoy the challenges of Indian wickets. I find that you can still get good bounce and pace out of them and I noticed that during the last IPL last year. It wasn't all just for the batsmen. I'm really excited playing on those wickets in India again and try and be intimidating as I have been in the last six months or so," he said.

Unfortunately for Johnson he was forced to miss the ongoing WT20 in Bangladesh due to a toe infection he picked up during the South Africa tour. The infection arose from a cut in his right big toe, a result of his marathon bowling spells during Australia's 2-1 Test series win in South Africa.

Johnson admitted the break came as a blessing after "a long summer which was quite draining" for him. "The toe is feeling much better. I had an infection that came from my toe, went into my foot and up my leg. But I got on top of it very quickly with some antibiotics. I have started training this week. I am feeling very good and I will be ready to go, ball one of the IPL," Johnson said.

During the time away from the cricket he was able do both strength training as well as technical stuff for which otherwise he would not have time for during a season. "I might be as well prepared as I am going to be fit. I am going to be fresher. I am going to very keen because it is a new club and I would like to impress. Whatever are the responsibilities are there I am really excited about them. I know how to perform at my best and I am feeling at the top of my game so I just want to keep getting better as a player and try and bring some of the young guys with me and try and improve their game," Johnson said.

This would be Johnson's second stint in the IPL after he made a spectacular debut with the Mumbai Indians last year, ending as joint third-best bowler with 24 wickets, and playing an influential hand in the franchise winnings its maiden title.

So was he disappointed that he was not retained by Mumbai? Johnson was measured in his response. "(It was) a new auction. Lot of players were in the auction pool this year and that made it very difficult for everyone. It would have been exciting to obviously go back there (Mumbai), but I am very happy with Kings XI Punjab," Johnson said.

Incidentally Johnson is the richest player Kings XI bought at the auction. His first task was to find out more about the way things work at Kings XI and for that he spoke to fellow Australian Adam Gilchrist, a former team-mate, who had been the captain at Kings XI for two years. "My manager talked to Adam Gilchrist, who said he really enjoyed a very special time there and it was a family-oriented atmosphere. I am not upset. I am not angry. I am not disappointed. This is the way it goes. I am now excited to play for the Kings and lead by example," he said.

Johnson followed the auction form South Africa where Australia were in the middle of the Test series. According to Johnson a lot of his team-mates agreed that Kings XI this year had picked a "very well balanced side". "Glenn Maxwell is in great form. He is a very exciting player. He showed the other night against Pakistan during the WT20 what he can do. Having him in the side is a huge bonus. Then we have Shaun Marsh, with whom I have played at Western Australia, an outstanding T20 player. Dave Miller can hit a long ball and that is what it is all about: hitting boundaries and the balls over the fence and getting crowds excited. Then obviously we have the experience of Sehwag, a batsman a lot of bowlers in the world struggle to bowl against. Rishi Dhawan is a good allrounder who was also with me to Mumbai, so it is a very good side," Johnson said.

Despite his growing appeal with ball in hand, Johnson agreed that he had to work on his batting in the limited-overs versions. His inability to get settled quickly has been a weakness, which Johnson indicated he wanted to improve on. "My batting has probably been lacking in the shorter forms because coming in late in the game it is quite hard to hit from ball one. It is about getting my eye in as quickly as possible. It is an important role batting lower order as the extra bit of runs are definitely handy in this form of the game. I always work on my batting and hopefully I can be fine with my bat as well," Johnson, whose Twenty20 average is about 10, said.

Nagraj Gollapudi is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo