Former England international Kevin Pietersen had big praise for Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper-batter Heinrich Klaasen during the game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. After losing the toss, Hyderabad was put into bat. SRH openers Abhishek Sharma and Rahul Tripathi got off to a decent start but were dismissed in quick succession.
But here came Heinrich Klaasen, who started hitting from ball one. The South African, while batting with his countryman Aiden Markram, was scoring all across the park and was batting at a score of 50 in 23 balls with six fours and one six. Reacting to this performance, Kevin Pietersen said, " There’s no better player of spin than Heinrich Klaasen in the world."
After reaching this milestone, Klaasen continued his stellar form and reached his maiden T20 century. The South African scored 104 in 51 balls with eight fours and six sixes at a strike rate of 203.92. Reacting to this performance, Klaasen spoke about how the wicket was slower compared to other pitches in Hyderabad. He also deemed this performance to be special and stated that he just hoped to keep things simple.
He said, "Pretty special feeling. A little bit slower than the previous wickets. Little bit stoppiness from spinners. Trying to keep it as simple as possible (his method). Sometimes I search for flow with my hands, and the movement up and down causes inconsistency. So tried to keep hands as still as possible. Would love to say we're above par. They've got a fantastic batting unit. If we get a couple of wickets early it should be enough."