Baseball switch helped me improve my game in cricket: Kieran Powell

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Kieran Powell
Kieran Powell of the West Indies. AFP PHOTO / MARTY MELVILLE (Photo credit should read Marty Melville/AFP/Getty Images)

Kieran Powell has had a rather interesting time in his short career given the fact that he has made the switch to baseball and back to cricket. At 26, he still has a long way to go in terms of his career as a cricket, given the fact that he has made the switch back to cricket. However, speaking about his tryst with baseball, Powell went on to state that baseball had indeed helped him improve his cricket.

He said: ‘I’m definitely glad I did it. I think it’s helped improve my game in so many ways. I think I have a better base when I’m batting now, I’m a lot more solid, I’m able to generate more power and it’s improved my hand-eye co-ordination as well.

Powell had been talked into returning to his cricketing career after speaking with former West Indies coach Phil Simmons. He also added that many people did not get the second chance at playing international cricket, something he is looking to grab. ‘They’re massive gains to have to be going into what is a rebirth in my cricketing career. Lots of people don’t get an opportunity to play international cricket and I’m having a second opportunity.

‘I just need to maximize it and not put myself under any pressure but continue to work hard, that’s the key to it. I’ve been working very hard, I’ve felt like a completely different person to when I just started to play cricket so hopefully this can carry on.

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He added that he wasready to perform in the international stage and stake his claim back into international cricket. ‘Hopefully my performances can push me into the Test and the Twenty20 teams as well but I need to go out and do my best and make sure that I don’t leave that in the hands of others.

‘I’m not taking anything for granted, being back in cricket after such a long time it’s an opportunity and a good privilege. I’m honoured to be here and hopefully I can get some big scores.’

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