Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) head coach Brendon McCullum heaped praise on wicketkeeper-batter Sheldon Jackson and showed confidence in the player’s ability to play big knocks ahead in the tournament.
Jackson played in the IPL after a five-year hiatus, the last time he played for KKR was against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2017 in Bengaluru.
Sheldon Jackson’s wicketkeeping skills in IPL 2022 so far
In the first match against CSK, Robin Uthappa attempted to flick KKR spinner Varun Chakravarthy but slipped down the leg as Jackson did an amazing glovework to dislodge the stumps to end the CSK batter’s 21-ball 28-run knock. Jackson took an incredible one-handed catch to dismiss RCB player Sherfane Rutherford.
Sheldon Jackson is desperate to do well: Brendon McCullum
Although Jackson hasn’t contributed anything special with the bat, McCullum believes the Saurashtra player will play a big role in their batting order in the coming matches of IPL 2022. The former New Zealand skipper also mentioned Jackson’s wicketkeeping skills in the similar ranks of CSK stalwart MS Dhoni.
“Sheldon continues to get better and better. He is 35, but you wouldn’t know. His growth in the last two years has been significant. He has a good ball-striking ability.
“And very few players hit the ball as far as he does, he is not too far, if not the same, behind Andre Russell when he is striking the ball. I am sure with more opportunities, we will see a performance from Sheldon,” McCullum told reporters.
“The wicketkeeping skills have been superb. He has got an MS Dhoni sort of a feel about keeping; really fast hands, and an understanding of spin. He knows what the bowlers are doing. He is desperate to do well,” he added.
Jackson was dropped from KKR’s team in their match against Punjab Kings (PBKS), a decision that wasn’t welcomed by the player’s supporters.
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