Mumbai: The New Zealand all-rounder, James Franklin, who is representing Mumbai Indians in the ongoing fourth season of the Indian Premier League, has said that he has been enjoying his stint in the lucrative Twenty20 league. (Agencies)
On the other hand, Franklin’s compatriot, Jacob Oram, who returned home after playing just a couple of games this season, stated that he could not develop a bond with the league.
For the second consecutive match, Franklin played a good hand in Mumbai Indians win as he scored an unbeaten 29 in a tight situation against Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL eliminator yesterday.
"I have enjoyed it. It's my first experience. I'm with a great franchisee Mumbai Indians. I have really enjoyed thus far. Hopefully, we have two games to go and we do go all the way. It's been pretty good fun till now. The passion for the game is amazing here. I have been here for four months since the World Cup. I'm still enjoying my stay here," he said at the post match press conference.
On the other hand, after playing just two IPL games for Rajasthan Royals, Oram had returned to his country and said he felt disconnected with the event due to after-match parties, heavy presence of Bollywood stars and fashion parades.
"After nearly every game there's an after party, there's Bollywood stars there and fashion parades; the drinks are free and the cheerleaders are around. It's a different world.
"Sometimes you wonder if you're here for cricket or not.
Ultimately you are. It is good fun, but at the same time I don't think its reality," Oram had said.
Franklin also lauded the effort of his bowlers for restricting Kolkata to a modest 147-7 yesterday.
"I thought we did a really a good job to restrict them under 150. In the last game here between Chennai and RCB the par score was between 160-165. We had a great start with the ball. It got us on the front foot and we did hold on from there," Franklin said.
He, however, felt that Mumbai batsmen brought themselves under undue pressure by leaving it too late.
"We are leaving it too late at the moment. We had a great start with (Aiden) Blizzard and Sachin (Tendulkar). They gave us a good platform. If we are trying to seek perfection we
probably lost too many wickets in the middle and put too much pressure on ourselves.
Harbhajan came and played a couple of good shots and we crossed the line."
Franklin, who had scored a quick fire 45 not out in Mumbai Indians' thrilling five wicket win over the same rivals in Kolkata in their last round-robin match, felt that victory didn't mean too much coming into this game.
"Every game is a new start. The boys weren't thinking what happened in Kolkata two nights ago. We started afresh.
I'm sure KKR had done the same," he said.
Franklin said he expected a tough challenge from Royal Challengers Bangalore in the second qualifier.
"That game is sudden death. A semi-final, Royals lost last night. But they have an extra day's rest. They are a tough side. They have done well in the last two-two and half weeks and have won many games in a row. So it’s going to be a tough game. We are looking forward to it."
Asked about Harbhajan's wild celebrations after he had finished off the match with a six off Shakib-Al-Hasan, he said, "I think when you win tight games like that you are excited and pumped up. He is a man who lets out his emotions."
Mumbai: The New Zealand all-rounder, James Franklin, who is representing Mumbai Indians in the ongoing fourth season of the Indian Premier League, has said that he has been enjoying his stint in the lucrative Twenty20 league.