Former Zimbabwe cricketer Andy Flower, who is coaching the Gulf Giants franchise in the inaugural edition of the ILT20, feels that 360-degree players like Suryakumar Yadav This gives a lot of trouble to the bowlers and does not allow them to adjust their line and length.
The 32-year-old Suryakumar has been in scintillating form and recently scored his third T20 century during the series against India. Sri Lanka in Rajkot.
“360-degree players like Suryakumar are causing a lot of trouble for the bowlers. Fast bowlers can bowl at their best length and the batsman can scoop over the keeper or fine leg. We now have reverse sweeps at short third man against fast bowlers. Joe Root is trying to hit that kind of shot here as well.”
“It’s great to see these skills. It takes courage to play these shots. The game is demanding more variety and a greater range of skills and players are finding ways to achieve that,” he added.
In recent times, many bigwigs of the game have been criticized for playing low strike in T20 cricket.
Asked if there is a place for such sheet anchor players in T20 cricket, Flower said that different types of players have a role but it depends on how a coach and captain can balance the team. Huh.
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“We all definitely like aggression, but I still think there is a role for different types of players. It’s up to the selectors and the coach and the captain how they balance that, but definitely Power is important, but there are different ways scoring fast in cricket. SKY has shown us recently how to do it with skill and innovation. I think there is room for every type of cricketer. A As coach, captain, selector, one just has to balance things.
Apart from ILT20, 54-year-old Flower is also coaching Lucknow Supergiants in IPL. He also has assignments as a coach in various leagues around the world and is enjoying the challenge.
“At the moment I am very busy with franchise cricket throughout the year and have been fortunate to be associated with a number of teams. I really enjoy the professional challenge of moving from one team to another and adjusting to my coaching style . The team is needed. It’s also wonderful to experience different cultures in different countries and within different teams.”
“It (ILT20) is a bit different here in this team as there are a lot of foreign cricketers from different countries in the team and only two in the UAE playing XI and four in the squad. That is the point of difference here and for me.” It’s been a different professional challenge and a fascinating personal experience.”
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