Glenn Phillips was in superb form as he scored 64 off 104 runs as New Zealand beat Sri Lanka in the Super 12 round of the 2022 World T20 at the SCG in Sydney. Phillips’ knock consisted of 10 fours and four sixes as New Zealand posted 167 for seven in 20 runs, chasing a target of 168 runs. Chasing a target of 168 runs, Bangladesh scored 102 runs in 19.2 overs. Phillips also caught everyone’s attention with his runs between the wickets, taking up the starting position of sprinter at the non-striker’s end.
After the match, the 25-year-old revealed that his new technique was introduced to avoid Mankad’s ability to attack as a back-up. The goalkeeper also said that his move was not planned and it happened immediately.
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“I think the position was to see the bowlers and take off as quickly as possible. From the start of the sprinter, trying to stay out of the crease as much as possible – there was a lot about Mancads. and leaving the crease,” he said.
“At the end of the day, it’s my job to make sure I’m on duty and I leave at the right time. If the bowler is doing his job then he has the right to take the bail. It made sense for me to get to that start, that position, as soon as possible.”
“It was very much in the moment. I made a mistake on my three-point start, and that’s probably going to give me a little stick later on from my best friend. It’s got to be the other arm and the other leg. .”
Phillips also explained that the technique benefits him because of his speed. “Maybe some people use it. Maybe some people don’t. Having the bat in the crease gives you a leg or two more, but at the end of the day, I have a small arm. So my speed can make me a lot longer than my arm,” he said. Zealand face England in their next match at the Gabba in Brisbane on Tuesday.