“Viru bhai (Sehwag)’s role as a mentor of Kings XI Punjab has really helped me personally as I have learnt a lot about batting in various conditions.
It’s not any specific tips but when you interact with a legend on a day to day basis, you pick up a lot. It did help me as I have again found some form going my way,” Wriddhiman told PTI. Post 2014 IPL final against KKR when he hit a breathtaking hundred, it took 19 innings for the Bengal stumper to get another 50 plus score which he notched up against Delhi Daredevils. His scores in last three innings has been 19-ball-33, 20-ball-24 and 33-ball-52. “Viru bhai tells me that my game is such that rotating the strike should always be an integral part of my batting.
Whenever I get stuck up, I should try and rotate the strike more. As far as my batting form is concerned, yes there has been a phase where I batted in different positions. Also there were times when my shot selection was not wrong but execution went awry,” Wriddhiman was candid in his explanation.
A reticent man, who keeps to himself, he is not bothered about the growing trend of batsman-keepers in the IPL teams like KL Rahul, Robin Uthappa.
The 31-year-old says that his philosophy does not change with changing times. “I really don’t look at what others are doing. In fact I don’t need to. Yes, if Robin or KL is keeping wickets, that means their respective teams feel that they can add value with this aspect of their game. I may just catch up on TV if I see them keep but I will not sit back and analyse on the basis of that. I will do what I feel is best for me. I don’t like to clutter my thoughts with lot of complications and would like to keep it like that,” he said.