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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 IPLT20.com, 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.
Rajasthan Royals are a very special team in the IPL. They have had a unique strategy to build their team – a strong leadership base leading and nurturing a group of young, talented cricketers – which they have stuck to since the first season. The leaders have changed and the players too, but the ideology has remained.
The Royals’ class of 2014 is no different, although it is, perhaps, the strongest the RR team has been on paper – an exciting blend of young overseas contingent and some fine domestically experienced Indian hands. The hallmark of this RR side is that they have as many as six genuine all-rounders in their ranks.
We, at iplt20.com, spoke with one of them, one that caught the eye in IPL 2013 and went on to make his debut for India. Stuart Binny told us what makes the Royals lift their game against the stronger opponents and elucidated how they now need to learn to win big moments in a match.
The all-rounder was also elated to have five others of his kind for company in the dressing room and was especially pleased that their captain is one of world’s best all-rounder himself.
Here are excerpts from his interview:
One win, two losses – it could have easily been the opposite, couldn’t it?
For sure. In the last match, we bowled really well to restrict CSK to 140. Unfortunately, our batting didn’t click. We have had a chat especially about how differently we must approach the batting in the coming games.
It was a brilliant bowling performance to restrict the incredibly power-packed CSK batting to 140-odd. Is no pace to hard-hitters the rule of thumb for RR this season?
It is, because the wickets here are not really consistent; they tend to behave a bit up and down. We have played on three different wickets so far and they all have behaved in three different ways. I think we just need to play the situation and the wicket and decide on our bowling strategy.
You have been part of the RR camp since a long time now. What do you think makes you guys punch above your weight each time?
I think it’s about playing smart cricket. In the last match, if you look at the CSK innings, the way we used our bowlers was important. We never kept one bowler for long; I came in to bowl, picked up a wicket and went off the attack. Smart decisions like that make the opposition batsmen think and they cannot line up the bowlers and plan the scoring patterns. I think Watto has been leading from the front in that regard, being very smart in rotating the bowlers.
Do you think the next step for the team is to learn how to seize the big moments in a match?
That’s right. In a T20 match, it all boils down to the last couple of overs. It’s all about thinking clearly at that time. We all prepare well, do our batting and bowling drills. But in the end, whether you win or lose depends on how you hold your nerves during that moment, and we need to learn that. Yes, some of the games will not go our way, but we must keep working on that aspect and learn how to emerge on the right side of pressure situations.
RR have always had inspirational leaders in Warne and Dravid. How about Watson?
He is a vastly experienced guy and has also led his country. What he brings with his captaincy is the all-round perspective to look at things. Since he is an all-rounder himself, he can understand both the batsmen and the bowlers, not only of his own team but also the opposition. When we are in the field, bowling, he can think like a bowler as well as gauge what the batsman is trying to do. When we’re batting, he can read the situation precisely and decide which batsman to send in next. Watson has also been great with some of the younger uncapped guys coming in from other franchises. They have really started to look up to him and I have seen him impart some words of wisdom to these boys. He has taken the responsibility on really admirably.
RR have Watson, Steve Smith, Faulkner, Abhsiek Nayar, Bhatia and yourself. Are you pleased to have so many all-rounders for company?
It is exciting. As an all-rounder, you are always in the game, batting, bowling and fielding. Like batting and bowling, it is good to hunt in a pack as all-rounders too. We generally don’t get too many all-rounders in one team and they say we have a short supply of that breed in this country. So it is really interesting and exciting to have so many all-rounders around in the same team. We become very important in the T20 format where any of us can come in and bowl one over or bat in any position.
How has your experience in international cricket helped you grow you as a cricketer?
To wear the national cap and be part of the World Twenty20 was a special experience and it has just made me a more confident cricketer than I was earlier. I now have the belief in my strengths and I am better equipped to overcome my weaknesses. I didn’t play many games for India but just being part of the mix and observing how everyone went about their business was enlightening. Mahi bhai helped me a lot when it comes to batting in the lower order – when to hit and when to stay, how to plan your attack and pace your innings. I can say that I read the game much better in the death situations now.