New Zealand’s batting sensation Corey Anderson, who is turning out for Mumbai Indians in the ongoing Indian Premier League, has thanked the team’s chief mentor Anil Kumble for providing him tips about facing spin bowling.
“He has been of great help. Facing quality spinners in the competition is of massive help. I am playing some of the best spinners in the world. I also face quality spinners in the nets and this will definitely help me to play spin bowling better in the matches to come,” Anderson said.
It hasn’t been the best of starts for MI with the team suffering its third straight defeats, at the hands of Chennai Super Kings, on Friday.
“It is a slow start for the team, we had a bit of a break and we expected things to change a little bit but we did not score enough runs tonight.
We didn’t have a good big innings, but it is no excuse.
“We got to work harder and we got to come out fighting harder again. We just have to come out and win a couple of games and I am sure we will get going from there.
Mumbai Indians’ total of 141 was easily chased down by CSK.
After failures in the first two games, Anderson managed a 31-ball 39 against CSK.
“I spent a lot more time in the nets and a lot more time with the coaches and was trying to get a grasp on playing in these conditions. It takes time for anyone to sort of get used to the conditions.
“I am trying to find out my rhythm and time in the middle which always helps. Tonight unfortunately I got out when I was just beginning to get going. On another day it might have come off and hopefully it will soon.”
Talking about Zaheer Khan’s presence in the side, Anderson, who is also a left-arm fast medium bowler, said, “I have spoken to Zak a few times and he is a master in what he does. He is so good to have in the team and him specially being a left-armer obviously helps.
“At the moment my bowling is not coming out quite like I would want to but I guess it is just the beginning. This is T20 cricket and you have bad days and you have good days. I will keep working on it and I will just chip in where I have to.”
Anderson, who shot to prominence by scoring the fastest ODI hundred, says he would be happy to replicate the feat in T20 as well.
“I am not too sure about that one. I have told a lot of people that you don’t expect to do certain things, things just happen. I am not expecting to do that here or do it faster. It will be awesome if I could. If I can pull myself to win matches for Mumbai Indians then I am doing my job.”