IPL 2023: IPL got my career back on track, says West Indies pacer Obed McCoy
IPL 2023: With 16 wickets in his last 10 T20Is since making headlines by playing a crucial role for IPL franchise Rajasthan Royals, left-arm pacer Obed McCoy is raring to go ahead of the 10th season of the Caribbean Premier League.
The 25-year-old has swapped teams and will play for the Barbados Royals this season. He previously played for the same team in the first season of THE 6IXTY, which ended on Sunday.
“It’s obviously a new franchise for me but I’ve settled well into the team because there are a lot of familiar faces in our camp. It’s like a continuation from the IPL itself, and I am glad that the franchise has again put their faith in me. I feel at home here and that helps me in approaching games with confidence,” said McCoy as quoted by ANI.
The pacer from Kingstown has already set his sights on the IPL trophy after missing out earlier in the year. “We’re here to win the CPL and my plan will be to keep going out there and take wickets to get the team over the rope.”
The St. Kitts and Nevis Patriots, who are led by the seasoned Dwayne Bravo and have a talented lineup, will be the opponent for the Barbados Royals’ CPL debut.
But McCoy says his teammates will concentrate on fulfilling their individual responsibilities. “With wickets in the Caribbean, you know that the majority will be spin tracks, so I think that will play a role. I think for batters it will be about getting in and making the most of it, while for the bowling team, the middle overs will be crucial. Having said that, we need to tick all the boxes and adjust to the conditions each time we go out there,” he said.
David Miller, the Royals’ new captain, will join the team later in the tournament, with Kyle Mayers serving as his stand-in. McCoy has offered his opinion on what the South African legend’s supporters should anticipate from him.
“It is something that is relatively new to him, but seeing him, I think it’s a job that fits him. He’s a really experienced player and I’m sure he’s always learning, which applies to captaincy as well. He’s been in exceptional form of late and we are hoping he can lead us from the front with passion and help the team in doing the best.”
In the IPL 2022 Final, Miller’s Gujarat Titans upset McCoy’s Rajasthan Royals. McCoy says he “will surely have a chat about it,” but adds that Miller “was in excellent form and kudos to him.”
McCoy’s stature as an international bowler has increased as a result of a strong IPL season. And strong performances for the West Indies, but the cunning left-armer is not looking to make any changes.
“Well, I don’t put pressure on myself. At the end of the day, it’s about trusting my abilities and executing. When I’m on a cricket field, I don’t think about the outside noise. I just let my skills do the talking. I don’t try to think too much about taking wickets, and my aim is to just contain and put pressure, it’s inevitable for the wickets to come after that,” he added.
The CPL, the largest tournament in cricket, has produced numerous players over the years. And McCoy one of several who have noticed by teams all over the world because of their performances.
Commenting on the importance of the league, he said:
“CPL has been a great platform for young players and I’ve experienced that myself. When young players get to speak and experience an atmosphere which has got proven, international players. I think it gives them great insights and accelerates their growth.”
“You end up knowing how they think, what their routines are like, and pick up the good things. It’s about understanding what they need to do to get to the next level,” added McCoy.
Although the Barbados Royals seamer appears to be enjoying his cricket right now, the previous year wasn’t without its challenges. “At the start of the IPL, I was coming off an injury and was a bit devastated to be honest in terms of where my fitness had gone. But I knew that when I get down and actually get into the rhythm of things. I would actually start to gain back fitness and that helped.
“I knew it challenging to be going into a big tournament with little to no match practice under my belt. But I just went into the game with confidence. And the fact that my role was very clear, made a lot of difference. I tried to stick to my strengths, and it turned out well,” said McCoy.
McCoy continued by saying that he profited from training with Lasith Malinga, one of the best bowlers ever. “With Malinga, he told me he also went through phases like that where you are just coming off an injury. But must get into the thick of things quickly. He just advised me to bowl as much as possible in the nets. And I think that really helped in regaining my fitness and rhythm. I went from bowling about 30 balls, to bowling 60 balls a session, sometimes even more.”
Along with Jason Holder and Oshane Thomas, McCoy will be one of the key bowlers for the Barbados Royals. And he is already excited about the opportunity. McCoy has new ambitions in mind. “I’m really excited for this season. I think those couple of months (IPL) really got my career back on track. And I just want to continue evolving as a player, understand the game better. And just work my way up to the top as much as I can starting with helping my team win the CPL trophy,” McCoy signed off.