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‘Kumble has been of great help’

Calcutta: Given his exploits at the international stage, Corey Anderson’s induction into Mumbai Indians was thought to have added further firepower to the side that already boasts of big names in Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard.

But as of now, the champions’ IPL VII campaign has been extremely disappointing. They have been beaten in all their three matches so far, while Corey, too, hasn’t been unable to set the stage on fire. With just 59 runs from three innings, he has helped neither his nor the team’s cause.

The 39 runs he got against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Friday, though, could be seen as a silver lining.

The New Zealand all-rounder, however, is confident of big knock being somewhere around the corner.

“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 get used to the conditions here.

“I am trying to find out my rhythm and time in the middle, which always helps. (Against CSK) I got out unfortunately when I was just beginning to get going. Hopefully, it will come off soon,” Corey told the IPL’s official website.

With his batting abilities to be tested in turning tracks as the competition progresses, Corey spoke on the importance of Anil Kumble’s presence as mentor of the Mumbai Indians squad.

“Kumble has been of great help. I face quality spinners in the nets also and this will definitely help me play spin better in the matches to come.

“Facing quality spinners in the competition is of massive help… I am playing some of the best spinners in the world,” the 23-year-old emphasised.