While Shane Bond believes the pressure will be less on bowlers during the ICC World Twenty20 because they expect to get hit for sixes, South African allrounder Shaun Pollock has said that being only a bowler in the tournament can be depressing.
The short time-frame of the format does not allow bowlers to contain and batsmen use unorthodox strokes to clear the boundary. Each bowler has a four-over quota and a no-ball is followed by a free hit for the batsman.
Pollock said he had no idea what would count as a good economy-rate in Twenty20 matches. He has an ODI economy-rate of 3.71 and is ranked 25th among the top 50 bowlers with best economy-rates. His most economical performance came as recently as the 2007 World Cup when he gave away 0.66 runs per over against Netherlands at Warner Park in St Kitts. In fact, his economy-rate - 3.52 from 10 matches - was second to Bond in World Cup .
"There is obviously a little more pressure, but you just have to go out there and express yourself," Pollock told AFP. "I normally take four overs and by then it is done and dusted."
The tournament begins with South Africa playing West Indies in Johannesburg on September 11.