IPL 2022: A bad season won’t change me as a player, says Nicholas Pooran | Cricket News

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NEW DELHI: West Indies striker Nicholas Pooran says a bad IPL season won’t change the player in him and he is now keen to give his 100% for his franchise, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the upcoming 2022 league season rich in money.
The 26-year-old had a disappointing 2021 IPL, where he averaged just 7.75 with the bat for the Punjab Kings. However, SRH still trusted the attacking striker and bought him for Rs 10.75 crore at the mega auction.
“…Just because I had a bad season, it won’t change the player I am. I’m doing pretty well in international cricket and everyone sees that. For me, it’s about giving back to my team – the Sunrisers have invested a lot in me and so I just want to give my all for them – for me it’s about being the best version of myself,” Pooran said as quoted by ESPNcricinfo.
Pooran also mentioned that he learned a lot from the last IPL season and is a better player now.
“Things like that happen; everyone goes through tough times in their career. The first game last year I had a duck on first ball and then the next game I had a duck on the second ball. Eventually I came out at bat and I didn’t even face a fly ball and I was exhausted (laughs). I don’t dwell on it too much, I think I’m a much better player now and learned a lot from this IPL season,” he said.
The southpaw was the most expensive West Indian player at this year’s IPL auction.
Asked about the pressure of the big prize, he admitted it, adding that as a professional cricketer it is their job to play for the team under all circumstances.
“As a professional player, sometimes I guess that’s the case, especially when you’re not well, the media targets you, a lot of fans criticize you, so that [the fee] certainly plays a role. But as a professional, it’s your job to put that noise behind you and just try to perform for the team.”
The wicket-keeper batter thinks every player has technical flaws, but for him it’s more about mental thinking and clarity in his game.
“Every player has technical flaws, but for me it’s more mental to have that clarity in my game. Once I can get into that open space, I think everything will be fine. As you can see in my last T20 games, the last three international series, I’ve started to get into that mindset, knowing exactly what I want to do so hopefully that continues and people can stop saying I have to continue to prove myself,” he said.
Pooran is also looking forward to working with fellow Trinidadian Brian Lara, who is SRH’s hitting coach.
“Yeah, we’ve had a few conversations in the recent past. He’s just superb, amazing when it comes to hitting and seeing the game. So yeah, I’m looking forward to this opportunity to work with him” , did he declare.
Sunrisers Hyderabad, managed by Kane Williamson, will open their IPL 2022 campaign against Rajasthan Royals on March 29 at MCA Stadium, Pune.



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