Look to learn as much as possible: Anderson

23-year old all-rounder looks to make the most of IPL experience

Dubai 26 April 2014
He shot to fame when he surpassed Shahid Afridi’s 17-year old record of the fastest ODI ton. New Zealand’s Corey Anderson was a star immediately and earned a reputation of a hard-hitting batsman who had the capabilities to decimate any bowling attack. He was young, his stroke play was clean and he was fearless.

He was the talk of the town even before the IPL had started and there was a feeling that most IPL franchises would be eager to get Corey the all-rounder in their side. Mumbai Indians won the bid for the young Kiwi all-rounder and immediately there were expectations; from fans and the owners.

It has not been the best of starts for Anderson though. Three games into the competition and Anderson has not yet set the stage on fire. On Friday night though Anderson gave a glimpse of his form as he steadied his way to a 31-ball 39. He took a great catch to dismiss Chennai Super Kings opener Dwayne Smith early in the innings and kept his energy levels high through the game. In this post match chat with, Anderson speaks about coming to terms with the Pepsi IPL, his conversations with Zaheer Khan and his eagerness to succeed for his franchise.

Excerpts from the interview…

Three losses from three games, lot of work to do for the team.

It is a slow start for the team, we had a bit of a break and we expected things to change a little bit but we did not score enough runs tonight. We didn’t have a good big innings, but it is no excuse. We got to work harder and we got to come out fighting harder again. We just have to come out and win a couple of games and I am sure we will get going from there.

What did you do differently tonight after scores of 2 and 18 in the first two innings?

I spent a lot more time in the nets and a lot more time with the coaches and was trying to get a grasp on playing in these conditions. It takes time for anyone to sort of get used to the conditions. I am trying to find out my rhythm and time in the middle which always helps. Tonight unfortunately I got out when I was just beginning to get going. On another day it might have come off and hopefully it will soon.

How much expectation does the Mumbai Indians franchise have from you with the kind of abilities you have showcased recently in international cricket?

There is huge level of expectation regardless of who you are. If you are in the playing XI then you put an expectation on yourself to do well. If you don’t want to do well then you are not playing for the right reason. There is a level of pride that you want to take yourself through and hold yourself in a good manner.

How much have you spoken to Zaheer Khan about your bowling?

I have spoken to Zak a few times and he is a master in what he does. He is so good to have in the team and him specially being a left-armer obviously helps. At the moment my bowling is not coming out quite like I would want to but I guess it is just the beginning. This is T20 cricket and you have bad days and you have good days. I will keep working on it and I will just chip in where I have to.

As the tournament progresses your batting abilities will be tested in turning tracks, how much has the presence of Anil Kumble helped in that context?

He has been of great help. Facing quality spinners in the competition is of massive help. I am playing some of the best spinners in the world. I also face quality spinners in the nets and this will definitely help me to play spin bowling better in the matches to come.

Is there a Corey Anderson style of batting?

I am not too sure about that to be honest with you. Different situations call for different things and I am someone who plays the power game. I am required to come out and bang a couple of shots and I guess that is what I will do. Today I was promoted up the order at No.3 and had to build a partnership and calm down a little bit. I will do what the team requires me to do and punish a few on the way.

Fastest ODI century, can we expect the fastest T20 century from you as the tournament progresses?

I am not too sure about that one. I have told a lot of people that you don’t expect to do certain things, things just happen. I am not expecting to do that here or do it faster. It will be awesome if I could. If I can pull myself to win matches for Mumbai Indians then I am doing my job.

How are you looking to make the most of this IPL experience?

It is a star studded line-up. Right from the players to the support staff you have the best in the business. For a youngster like me who hasn’t played heaps of international cricket; to rub shoulders with some of the legends of the game is unbelievable. I am trying to sort of soak up everything I can at the moment and grasp as much as I can this season.

Chris Gayle, Glenn Maxwell, Kieron Pollard, David Warner. Can we add Corey Anderson in that list?

Hopefully I can belong to that list. I am not playing well at the moment but if I can pull my part of doing the job well for the team I would be more than happy.
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