Having produced some constant batting blitz lately, New Zealand’s Glenn Phillips used to be snapped up by way of the Rajasthan Royals for the rest of IPL 2021 season, and despite the fact that he smashed his solution to 254 runs within the CPL, the right-handed batter may just no longer assist the Barbados Royals safe a semi-final berth, which means he had time to talk to us from St Kitts earlier than he joins his different Royals circle of relatives within the UAE.
Starting off by way of disclosing how he ended up signing for the Royals, Phillips stated, “At first, I knew there were other players ahead of me, and then with players dropping out, this opportunity came about. There were a couple of other teams who wanted me, but the fact that I was playing for the Barbados Royals already, made sense for me to go with the Rajasthan Royals. I felt it was the right decision to stay with the same franchise.”
“After I joined, Sanju Samson had sent a text welcoming me to the Royals so that was good to see. I had subsequent chats with Sangakkara but that was more of a general catch up because I’ve played with him before at the (Jamaica) Tallawahs,” added the 24-year-old.
A born athlete who has “played every sport under the sun,” Phillips additionally added that he “will be happy to fit in wherever the team needs” him to. He endured, “Whether it’s opening, in the middle order, bowling, keeping wickets or wherever in the field, I’ll just do whatever the team needs for me to do.”
Commenting on what the Royals’ enthusiasts can be expecting from him, the hard-hitting batter stated, “I feel like I have the ability to control the pace of the game depending on what the situation is like regardless of the position I’m batting at. So, if you lose wickets, I feel like I have the batsmanship to be able to take the game deep and then accelerate at the end. Having power in my game does allow me to take it deep till the end and catch up. I can give the team a fast start as well, but also play the longer innings.”
The Auckland-based cricketer additionally had a message for the Royals’ enthusiasts, “If I get an opportunity, I’ll try to do the best that I can. I’m someone who will put the team first every single time and hopefully give the people some entertainment.”
Reflecting on what’s forward for the Rajasthan Royals this season, he mentioned, “From the perspective of our position on the table, being in the fifth spot is a nice little position at the moment because couple of wins from here and we’ll be well on our way to qualifying.”
An particular person who loves to stay to himself, Phillips additionally stated that he thinks the stipulations within the UAE might be higher than what he skilled all the way through the CPL. “I’ve played in the UAE before and I think from a pitch and turn perspective, I would probably say that the Caribbean pitches are slower and turn more. I’m actually relishing coming over to the UAE as the pitches will be a bit quicker compared to what I’ve been playing on currently, so that will be a nice change.”
Even regardless that he used to be introduced instead for Jos Buttler, Phillips reckons that he’s “a completely different player” to the Englishman. “The team has brought me in to do whatever role they need me to play, so it’s not really like I’m filling in Jos’ shoes, I’m probably filling in my own shoes and looking to create a legacy of my own rather than being a replacement.”
Throwing mild on his pleasure of enjoying within the IPL, Phillips expressed his need to revel in the event in India someday someday. “I’m really looking forward to being a part of a new team and just getting amongst so many experienced players and talking to them and trying to pick their brains. It would be awesome to be part of that full IPL atmosphere in India, but with the IPL taking place in the UAE – it’s the next best thing – and it’s my first IPL season so I’m not going to complain and will take whatever I can get,” expressed Phillips who additionally agreed that the “conditions in the UAE will help in preparing for the T20 World Cup.”
Asked if he idolizes any person, Phillips stated he likes selecting up little issues from more than a few avid gamers and coaches that he meets however hasn’t ever attempted to replicate any person. “It was nice to pick Daniel Vettori’s brains to take my bowling a little bit further. But from a batting perspective, I pretty much just wing it as I go, and take little bits and pieces from everyone and try to find the solutions to the situations that I’m up against. I think that allows me to look at other players and be objective and take things that they do that work, as opposed to just looking at one person completely,” gushed Phillips, who’s a real all-rounder because of his distinctive talent of with the ability to bat, bowl, stay wickets and box.
Terming his contemporary revel in with the Barbados Royals as “fantastic”, Phillips stated that he believes “the team will win the competition for the third time soon because of the cohesion and team spirit that the unit showed even during the hard times,” as he signed off.