Corey Anderson broke Shahid Afridi's record of fastest ODI hundred © Getty Images (File Photo)
Corey Anderson broke Shahid Afridi’s record of fastest ODI hundred © Getty Images (File Photo)

 

Apr 27, 2014

 

Corey Anderson, the New Zealand all-rounder, shot to international spotlight after smashing Shahid Afridi’s record for the fastest One-Day International (ODI) century earlier this year. After an impressive showing against India in the home series, he was picked up by the Mumbai Indians (MI) during the Indian Premier League (IPL) player auctions. He spoke about his form in the ongoing IPL, his brand of batting, and Zaheer Khan’s mastery in the art of bowling.

 

In an interview with iplt20.com, Anderson said, “It is a slow start for the team… We [have] got to work harder and we [have] 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.”

 

Talking about his present form, Anderson said, “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 [MI’s match against Chennai Super Kings] 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.”

 

Anderson went on to talk about the level of expectation placed on him. “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,” he said.

 

Anderson spoke of Zaheer Khan saying, “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,” he added.

 

Remarking on his unique brand of batsmanship, Anderson said, “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… I will do what the team requires me to do and punish a few on the way.”

 

Anderson concluded by talking about how he was reacting to the 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,” he said.

 

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