Hamilton: It wouldn't be a huge surprise if cricket ball manufacturers decide to make Corey James Anderson their brand ambassador soon.
The 23-year-old Kiwi batting sensation is making their business grow with every international match he plays these days. Not a single game goes without Anderson hitting the ball out of the park prompting umpires to call for replacements.
On Sunday, some of Anderson's big hits landed on the rooftop and the parking bay of the McLean Park in Napier. His unbeaten knock of 68 came off 40 balls and included three fours and four sixes.
But, what really pushed the Black Caps team management to unleash Anderson against the Indians in the very first game of the series? It was New Zealand coach Mike Hesson who had said a few days ago that "fatigued" Corey "needs to be managed well" after that memorable series against the West Indies which saw him smashing a world record 36-ball century on the very first day of 2014.
But it seems that the "much-needed rest", as Hesson had suggested then, has certainly been postponed for Anderson as of now. For Kiwis, this is the time to use Anderson's shock and awe strategy against the Indians. And for Anderson, a big opportunity to impress the IPL team captains and owners.
"There is always going to be speculation about it (impressing IPL captains with his all-round show)."
"Obviously, IPL auction is around the corner but I am focused on the series and it is good that we have got a good start," Anderson says.
All-rounders fetch huge money in the auction and with a haul of two wickets in his very first show against India, the Canterbury lad is ready to bowl out everyone, quite literally.
"You just have to bowl with the right plan and be smart about it. I am improving with every game and moving in the right direction though there is always room for more improvement," he added.
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