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Preparation key to Jitesh strokeplay

The 28-year-old’s big-hitting skills have been enhanced under the guidance of Punjab’s coach and Englishman Julian Wood
Jitesh Sharma.
Jitesh Sharma.
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PTI   |   New Delhi   |   Published 11.05.22, 01:51 AM

Jitesh Sharma, one of the finds of IPL 2022, has attributed his wide range of strokes to his penchant for learning a new shot “every year”.

The 28-year-old wicketkeeper-batter, who has been playing limited overs cricket for Vidarbha since 2014, has grabbed attention with his audacious strokeplay for Punjab Kings.

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The franchise has relied on him and Liam Livingstone to finish games. In his seven innings, including three 30-plus scores, Jitesh has scored 162 runs at a strike rate of 167.

”I have worked hard on this (on his range of strokes). Playing straight is my strength. It is down to preparation again. I also try to learn a new shot every year or learn something new.”

His big-hitting skills have been enhanced under the guidance of Punjab’s coach and Englishman Julian Wood. “There are minor changes I have made including in my power game, the right posture and having a strong base. This is what our power coach has taught us.

“My favourite shot is one which gives me maximum runs,” said Jitesh.



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