KXIP’s new signing West Indies speedster Sheldon Cottrell believes that aggression brings the best out of him as a bowler. The 31-year-old had an outstanding 2019 ODI World Cup, getting the most number of wickets (12) from the West Indies side. He was brought by Punjab in the IPL 2019 auction for a whopping INR 8.5 crores.
The KXIP squad are having their training sessions in UAE after they completed their mandatory quarantine. Kings XI Punjab have never won the IPL, playing the final once in the 12-year history of the league. They started both 2018 and 2019 campaigns strong but lost track in the later stages and failed to book a place in the playoffs.
What got my attention towards fast bowling was the aggression: Sheldon Cottrell
The left-arm pacer tells he feels it is not that he chose fast bowling but the opposite. He said he was always a sportsperson and felt aggression was the best way to express yourself.
“Fast bowling chose me, to tell the truth. Growing up in Kingston and playing cricket in the streets, what got my attention towards fast bowling was the aggression. I was always a sportsperson and loved competing and aggression was the best of way to express yourself.” Cottrell told Hindustan Times
Cottrell also opened up about his aggression on the pitch and the situations that he’s learnt so much from that helped him improvise in his game.
It comes with preparation, experience and understanding your game. I have been in a lot of situations and tried to learn from them. In a club game in Jamaica, I bowled a lot of short balls, even when the batsman hit me for six. I learnt from that situation, learnt to improvise. It’s a process. he added.
Sheldon Cottrell is looking forward to being a part of the KXIP setup
Cottrell is not worried about competing with Mohammed Shami and Chris Jordan for a starting place in the team. He feels both of them are great cricketers. Sheldon feels getting into the playing XI is out of his hands but he will always be giving 120 per cent for the team.
“I do not worry about being in the playing XI because I’m a team person. Jordan is a great cricketer. Shami is a great cricketer. I look forward to be a part of the set up. Getting in the eleven is out of my hand, but I know I’m going to give 120 percent all the time.”
With a new captain and coach, and a well-balanced side on their hands, the Punjab fans are hopeful of seeing them lifting the silverware this season. IPL 2020 will begin from September 19 till November 10, a total 53-day campaign will see all the eight teams play in UAE.