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IPL 2021: Besides teammate Shami, Ellis hopes to pick brains of Bumrah and Siraj

After
making
a
remarkable
journey
from
club
cricket
to
international
cricket
in
little
over
24
months,
the
first
bowler
to
take
a
hat-trick
on
his
T20
International
debut
is
looking
to
learn
from
the
best
in
his
maiden
IPL
outing.

Picked
as
a
replacement
for
fellow
Aussie
Riley
Meredith
in
the
Punjab
Kings
squad,
Ellis
wants
to
pick
brains
of
teammate
and
one
of
his
favourite
bowlers
Mohammad
Shami
and
also
hopes
to
have
a
chat
with
the
man
with
the
“best
yorker”,
Jasprit
Bumrah,
and
the
“aggressive”
Mohammad
Siraj.

Speaking
to
PTI
from
Dubai,
Ellis
described
the
phase
in
which
he
made
his
international
debut
before
landing
an
IPL
deal
as
overwhelming.

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2021
PBKS
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2
Schedule:
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Table,
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“It
is
one
of
those
of
things
you
sort
of
dream
about
growing
up
but
you
know
it’s
never
a
reality
and
it’s
never
like
you’ve
definitely
going
to
do
it.
So
to
be
able
to
get
on
that
Australia
tour
was
a
dream
come
true.

“And
then
I
wasn’t
really
expecting
to
get
a
game
so
to
get
a
game
and
and
sort
of
the
results
that
came
from
that
was
amazing
and
still
doesn’t
feel
really
real.
And
then
obviously
to
get
the
opportunity
to
come
to
the
IPL
with
Punjab.

“It’s
(playing
in
IPL)
is
something
that
I’ve
also
dreamt
about,”
he
said
referring
to
the
happenings
of
the
last
one
month.

Following
his
hat-trick
in
Bangladesh,
Ellis
was
named
as
one
of
the
reserves
in
the
Australia
squad
for
the
T20
World
Cup,
which
follows
the
IPL
in
the
UAE.

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Having
come
to
the
UAE
before
with
Big
Bash
franchise
Hobart
Hurricanes
three
years
ago,
Ellis
has
an
idea
of
the
conditions
and
says
the
IPL
stint
is
bound
to
provide
him
with
a
valuable
experience.

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2021:
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Kings
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hat-trick
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Australia
fast
bowler
Nathan
Ellis

“I
don’t
really
have
any
specific
expectations
(from
his
first
IPL).
I’m
prepared
to
play
against
the
best
players
as
it
is
the
best
T20
tournament
in
the
world.
So
I’m
very
prepared
that
it’s
going
to
be
tough
cricket,”
said
the
death
overs
specialist.

“Also
I
am
really,
really
excited
to
talk
to
Mohammed
Shami.
I
haven’t
spoken
to
him
yet
but
he’s
been
one
of
my
favourite
cricketers.”

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What
about
the
players
in
other
teams?

“Bumrah
is
arguably
the
best
T20
bowler
in
the
world
if
not
in
general
in
all
formats.
I’d
love
to
be
able
to
get
a
hold
of
him
and
pick
his
brian
if
I
get
the
chance.
He
definitely
is
the
best
yorker
bowler
in
the
world.

“So
I’d
love
to
love
to
pick
his
brain,
as
well
as
Siraj’s.
I
think
the
way
he
has
come
on
to
the
scene
and
I
love
how
aggressive
and
how
much
energy
he
brings
to
the
table
I
think
that’s
something
that
I
tried
to
do
as
well,”
said
Ellis,
who
himself
has
a
pretty
effective
yorker
besides
other
T20
skills.

Ellis
picked
up
the
sport
seeing
the
likes
of
Brett
Lee
and
Andy
Bichel
on
television.
Ever
since
he
started
playing
junior
cricket,
he
was
reminded
that
he
was
not
the
usual
tall
fast
bowler
that
Australian
cricket
is
known
to
produce.

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Dates,
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Venues
and
Table
Standings

However,
the
six
feet
tall
bowler
took
all
the
criticism
in
his
stride
as
he
just
wanted
to
play
the
game
he
loved.

“Height
is
something
that
I’ve
always
had
to
deal
with
from
junior
cricket,
all
the
way
through
now,
especially
in
Australia
with
the
stereotypical
fast
bowler
in
Australia
is
six
foot
five,
tall,
bouncy.

“I’ve
always
had
to
break
that
down
but
the
simple
fact
that
at
the
end
of
the
day
I
love
playing
cricket.
And
my
mantra
has
always
been
you
know
if
you’re
performing
and
you’re
taking
wickets
they
can’t
ignore
you
forever,
whether
you’re
8
foot
tall
of
five
foot
tall.”

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He
may
have
found
instant
success
as
a
death
bowler,
Ellis
feels
he
has
the
game
for
all
formats.

In
the
shortest
format,
he
lies
mostly
on
yorkers,
cutters
and
slower
balls
to
keep
the
batsman
guessing.
Bowling
in
the
death
can
be
unforgiving
but
Ellis
loves
the
challenge.

“It’s
not
a
role
that
many
people
look
forward
as
it
it’s
tough,
and
you
have
more
bad
days
than
good
days.
But
I
really,
I
really
enjoy
the
challenge.
I
really
enjoy
the
me
versus
the
batter
battle.”

“I
also
love
it
as
you
trying
to
stay
a
step
ahead
of
the
batter
and
structure
different
types
of
balls
and
different
variations
which
is
the
crux
of
being
a
T20
bowler.”

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Asked
to
sum
up
the
last
24
months,
Ellis
added:
I’m
just
trying
to
soak
as
much
as
I
can,
because
I
feel
like
it’s
come
really
quick
and
I
am
worried
that
it
might
go
really
quick
so
I’m
really
trying
to
soak
it
up.”

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