Former West Indies cricketer Daren Sammy opens up on how Andre Russell and Kieron Pollard can hit the massive over boundaries and also unveils the mystery behind his former teammates making hitting the sixes look so easy, which essentially lies in taking a step back before smashing the ball.
Both Andre Russell and Kieron Pollard are revered for the humongous hits they can pull off against any kind of delivery and easily land swashbuckling knocks that can turn the tide of any match.
A member of the Mumbai Indians contingent since 2010, Kieron Pollard has struck 186 over boundaries in 152 IPL matches, 10 in this season. Towering at 6 feet and 5inches, smashing the ball over the boundary rope is essentially walk in the park for the Windies all-rounder.
On the other hand, highly praised for his pinnacle upper body strength, launching fireworks is a cakewalk for Andre Russell. The Kolkata Knight Riders stalwart has hit 123 over boundaries in just 67 IPL matches since 2012, three in the ongoing tournament.
Take that step back: Daren Sammy reveals the Russell-Pollard secret formula
Speaking to Indian Express about his own mastery over big hits, former West Indies international and Sunrises Hyderabad star Daren Sammy unveils the secret weapon behind smashing sixes, which is stepping back before hitting the ball.
“If you look at Kieron Pollard or Andre Russell, you can see them take that step back deep in the crease and waiting. That’s something that works. On bouncier tracks too this technique can come useful,” Sammy said in the interview.
The 36-year-old himself has struck 237 over boundaries in domestic T20s and shares his own tactics on getting the perfect hit.
“You don’t want to commit early on the front foot and be caught at gully or something,” Sammy went on, “You don’t want to come too early and get hit on the splice of the bat or gloves. There you use the crease more, go back.”