Punjab Kings wicketkeeper-batsman Nicholas Pooran, one of the cleanest hitters of the cricket ball himself, revealed that it was an advice from fellow West Indian Punjab star Chris Gayle that worked wonders for him. The 25-year-old, who had the best batting strike rate with over 300 runs in IPL 2020, disclosed the advice in a recent interview.
“I look up to him (Gayle). He is one of my favorite batsmen. When I was growing up, I loved to watch him bat. I used to wake up early in the mornings to see him bat. He is a simple guy. He gives me the simplest advice, which is, ‘enjoy yourself and just stay as still as possible,” the Trinidad cricketer told news agency IANS.
“This is the best advice he can give to someone because he plays his game like that. You see him on the field and you know – it is all about enjoyment and entertainment,” he added.
The two players are currently out of quarantine with the Punjab Kings squad. The Kl Rahul-led side will play their opening game against Rajasthan Royals on April 12 in Mumbai.
Wasim Jaffer’s reveals Punjab’s top three ahead of IPL 2021
Earlier, Punjab Kings batting coach Wasim Jaffer had clarified that Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul will continue to open the batting for the team this season with Chris Gayle coming in at 3. This suggests that Nicholas Pooran will be a vital part of the team’s middle order after having scored 353 runs last season at a strike rate of 169.71. The side also stars World no. 1 T20 batsman Dawid Malan in their ranks.