Even after scoring the fastest century in ODIs earlier this year, Corey Anderson is still trying to find his feet in international cricket in all formats. Last Sunday, Anderson justified his Rs4.50 crore price by slamming a 44-ball 95 not out against Rajasthan Royals and help MI qualify for the playoffs.
By his own admission, the 23-year-old left-handed batsman from New Zealand said that he was struggling in the shortest format. "It's the timing of everything. I did my job really well the other day. Twenty20 is one format in which I have struggled the most. The more I play it, the more I'm learning," Anderson said on Tuesday.
Anderson had a tough time intially but he said he was backed by MI icon Sachin Tendulkar and chief mentor Anil Kumble. "You chat at training and they help where they can. T20 is a fickle game, it's a fine line between scoring runs and getting out. The more you think about it (the struggle), sometimes it creates a deeper hole, and that's what they told me. You just have to back yourself. Luckily I did the other day, and it came off," he said.
Quite a few Kiwis will be involved in Wednesday's game. Besides Anderson, you have MI coach John Wright, CSK opener Brendon McCullum and coach Stephen Fleming. Fleming had said how pleased McCullum was with Anderson's efforts.
Anderson reacted: "From a New Zealander to New Zealander, it's nice, but I will be hoping that Brendon doesn't do well against us. He's had a good tournament and is a dangerous player. If we can nullify him and minimise his damage on the game, then it's going to be a massive part of the puzzle we have to crack tomorrow (Wednesday)," he said.