Arduous-hitting England batsman Tom Banton, a hockey player-turned-cricketer, says he’s trying ahead to taking part in alongside Andre Russell and Pat Cummins within the upcoming the Indian Premier League beginning subsequent month within the UAE.
Banton was roped in by two-time IPL champions KKR forward of this season. The IPL is beginning on September 19.
“I’m notably excited to play alongside Andre Russell and Pat Cummins. I watched Andre final yr, and he performed rather well. Studying from somebody like him will probably be actually cool,” Banton mentioned in an interview on kkr.in.
“There are a number of guys of my age – (Shivam) Mavi, (Kamlesh) Nagarkoti and Shubman (Gill) – whom I’ve performed in opposition to after I was youthful. It could be nice to see them once more.”
Talking about head coach Brendon McCullum, Banton mentioned: “I truly went out on dinner with him throughout the BBL, and likewise with Chris Lynn, our former KKR participant, simply the day after the (IPL) public sale. Rising up, McCullum was somebody I seemed as much as. Having him as a coach goes to be actually cool.
“Truthfully, simply being a part of the IPL is one thing I’ve been dreaming of since a really younger age. I’ve been watching IPL yearly. I’ve actually been glued to the IPL from the very first video games within the years when it began.”
Banton, 21, was initially a hockey participant. “I used to be a drag-flicker. My dad used to play hockey and I form of adopted his footsteps,” he mentioned. “I performed hockey from the age of three until about 17. I used to be 16 years previous, when issues had been getting extra severe and I needed to choose one sport and that is after I selected cricket.”
KKR even have England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan of their ranks. Morgan lately led Banton when England took on Eire at house.
“He’s an especially optimistic particular person, it doesn’t matter what. It is good to have him within the group, as he bats for his group. He has been taking part in for a very long time and has a variety of expertise. I bear in mind my first match for England, I received out taking part in a shot. He got here as much as me and mentioned ‘you needn’t change what you might be at present doing.’ It was very nice to listen to that.”
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