Nicholas Pooran, who had the best batting strike rate for batsmen with over 300 runs in the last edition of the Indian Premier League, says his Punjab Kings teammate and fellow West Indian Chris Gayle’s ‘simplest advice’ of staying still and enjoy batting is easily the best tips he has got in his career.
“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 25-year-old from Trinidad told 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.
Pooran, who will be a key figure in Punjab Kings’ middle-order again, had scored 353 runs last season at a strike rate of 169.71. He came out of the mandatory quarantine period on Wednesday.
“It (living in a bio-bubble) is definitely a challenge. If you are not in a bubble, then you can’t really speak about it, you don’t know what the feeling inside is like. It is a different challenge, especially playing a game and coming back to the hotel and getting stuck in your room,” said Pooran.