IPL 2022 – Ian Bishop ‘really impressed’ by Rovman Powell’s strength, new scoring areas, maturity

Among the newest players to catch Ian BishopHis eye is an explosive midfielder of the West Indies and Delhi Capitals Rovman Powellwhich Bishop believes has “matured” and evolved to become a “versatile” hitter.

Speaking about ESPNcricinfo’s T20 Time: Out, Bishop said the biggest improvement he noticed in Powell’s hitting was how he confidently dominated spin bowling on this IPL. Another significant area, something Bishop found that even West Indies management was impressed with, was the way Powell got into the games and quickly assessed the situation before he “exploded”.

“[He is] a much improved striker who has power, which is a critical thing, who opens up different scoring areas in his game, “Bishop said. And that awareness that my colleagues have been talking about is a kind of rounding off of his education as he matures. I rate it highly. I think he is versatile. It plays spin much better.

“He can get in, he can assess the situation, absorb the pressure and then explode, instead of the guy who can only get in and hit at one speed and so, I’m really impressed. I don’t want to compare him to anyone yet because I still think it takes more time to show success before we start putting it in a certain category. “

Powell is still not giving a big blow against the spinners this IPL season, but he has tried to outwit them. He faced 50 deliveries of turns, scored 61 runs, with just one four but six sixes, and was knocked out twice in eight innings. Powell showed it in match against Lucknow Super Giantswhen he faced successively against Ravi Bishnoi and K Gowtham.

Bishop believes that Powell not only equalized his spin game, but also showed more discipline against short deliveries.

“I’ll tell you, first of all, where he got better – against spin. We, as broadcasters, sit during or before or after games and somehow diagnose a player and every time his wrist is inflamed, Rovman had no idea Caribbean talk he was, ‘Oh, Rovman left as soon as the turntable came or anyone who could pass the ball in both directions’.

“In fact, the short ball has been giving him a lot of problems. In fact, there are a lot of people who still think you’re throwing him short above a certain pace, and he’s very sensitive to that. I still think he has to open up a bit with his off-side game and be safer against a short ball – when to go on the hook and when not, and of course a little polishing. “

Powell made his own T20I Debut 2017 and has since appeared regularly on the West Indies team. Inconsistent performances and a poor run in the Caribbean Premier League led to him missing out on a place at the 2021 T20 World Cup. But he was trying to put his case in format.

Powell scored a 53-ball 107 in the third T20I in the home series against England in January this year and undefeated 36-ball 68 against India February in Kolkata. He also impressed in the Abu Dhabi T10 League in December, scoring 305 rounds with a goal rate of 191.82 in ten matches.

In the 2022 IPL, he has so far scored 205 runs with a hit rate of 161.41, mostly hitting 6th place. Bishop believes Powell’s success in the IPL would elevate his role on the West Indies whiteball team.

“It will bring him good in the world. If we go back to a small period when he played in the UAE after the T20 World Cup last year, he had a lot of success there – a high kick rate, a nice amount of running. He said he was working on his game directly before that and seeing the benefits he went to Pakistan to find consistency and then scored a hundred in the Caribbean series against England.There was confirmation of everything he said about the work.

“Now we come to the IPL, the first few games, of course, the numbers showed – it wasn’t what he wanted, but they stayed with him. I got a message from someone from the West Indies camp, and they said they were impressed with [about Powell] the last four games in the tournament so far, awareness of the situation and playing the situation of the game and then aggression. “

Bishop believes he would make Powell’s pointless attitude a good leader, adding that he must show consistency in his performances before he gets such a role. In addition to leading Jamaica Tallawahs several times before becoming permanent captain in 2021, Powell is also led the West Indies in three ODIs In 2018, in the absence of then-Captain Jason Holder.

“He definitely has leadership qualities. He led his franchise in the Caribbean Premier League. He touched the lead with his home country in domestic cricket, and in the UAE and in T10 cricket, as far as you can appreciate it. I know he is seen as a leader.” like a lousy guy in the locker room who’s going to say right away. for the last year and a half. “

Sruthi Ravindranath is a contributor to ESPNcricinfo

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