So it was no surprise that the Bombay Indians won it for INR 8.25 million (approximately $ 1.1 million) at a mega auction in February for purely six hits. The surprise came during the IPL. After giving him only two chances in which he scored 12 and 1 at the beginning of the season, Mumbai eliminated David from the top 11. Mumbai and their captain Rohit Sharma are known for giving their players a long rope before dropping them, which has made the move even more confusing.
However, David was waiting for his next chance because Mumbai lost one game after another. Maybe he was prepared for such a scenario due to the tough competition that overseas players are facing for a place in the eleventh, and David took the time to further improve his strength.
“After the first few matches, I sat and during that period it was an opportunity to train really hard, do as much work at the nets and in the gym, bowling and be ready when the opportunity comes,” David said the day before the game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad. “It’s an opportunity to get used to the conditions and see how the other teams add up, what’s effective in the IPL in those conditions. So it was a good time for me to work really hard and prepare to return to the team.” when the opportunity came. “
He came to walk when Mumbai needed 67 out of 35 in the 1964 chase.
With the first ball, David planted his strong base in front of the stumps and struck Natarajan’s full throw with a big arm swing over the long-off. Two balls later, Natarajan missed another Yorker, this time in the middle, and David turned him another six. Another ball Natarajan tried the yorker again, but ended up with another full throw, and David sent it over the square leg again, this time raising the level of decibels further on Wankhede. Natarajan went another block into the blockhole and David smoked it for a long time at a monstrous six, the second largest of IPL 2022, at 114 meters.
“I spend a lot of time on the nets trying to hit sixes,” David told a virtual press conference before the game. “It’s about putting pressure on the pitchers and recognizing the right situations when you can try it in the game. There may be different pitches or pitches that suit the power strikes for specific pitchers, you have to choose those moments. It’s about keeping your confidence. ” season and confidence in your skills, which you can gain by training, lots of training, make sure you hit the ball well and you can take it into play and be fresh. “
How much mental preparation is part of the power strikes? “You do all your out-of-game work in nets and in the gym to make sure you feel strong and hit the ball well, and once it’s in play, it’s all mental if you’re … I think it’s the same For all shots, you have to go with a clear mind. If you don’t, if you bring things into the game, it often affects your performance. So he tries to get to a state where you can try to be as mentally consistent as possible, and if you trust your process and stick to it, it will usually bring the best results. “
“He makes sure he hits the ball according to where he throws,” Kishan said. “He talks about it with the coaches as well. The best part is that he’s not someone who hits mainly in the foot or aims only at a certain type of ball. He’s good on the back foot, he has very good strength. it’s very good to convert to six. “
Despite knocking the equation to 19 out of 13, David was exhausted when he tried to steal the single by bouncing the last ball over his back to Natarajan, who did well by pulling bail at the end of the non-attacker. catch david short. When David was gone, Mumbai also fell behind, but after seeing them, they invested 8.25 million.
Vishal Dikshit is Assistant Editor at ESPNcricinfo