Former New Zealand captain, Brendon McCullum has opined that Tim Seifert is ready to have a breakthrough season for the Black Caps.
Tim Seifert had a terrific start to the year against India where he scored 141 runs at an average of 47 and a strike rate of 142. Post the resumption of play, Seifert participated in the Caribbean Premier League. He won the title with the Trinbago Knight Riders, where the head coach was his compatriot, Brendon McCullum. The right-hander received a call-up to the Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, but couldn’t get any game time.
Seifert is ahead of where I was as a batter at the same time: Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum recently has opined that Seifert is going to have a breakthrough season in national colours. The former opener feels that Seifert is a talented batsman and has improved leaps and bounds in quick time.
The KKR coach appreciated the youngster’s attitude. He says that Seifert is a passionate cricketer, and will display his best in the upcoming season.
Brendon McCullum said, “He’s in for a breakout season for the Black Caps. I think he’s a special talent, to be honest. Just seeing how quickly someone can improve and develop some skills, and his attitude and how much he wants it in this game is something to behold. His best days are certainly in front of him.”
The 39-year-old believes that Seifert has a similar game to his. In fact, McCullum feels that the 25-year-old is a better batsman than he was at the same age. Both the wicket-keepers have spent the last few months together – in the CPL then in the IPL – and the aggressive right-hander has impressed the former Kiwi skipper. Seifert has played 24 T20Is for New Zealand in which he has a strike rate of 140.
“His game is very similar to mine. I think he’s ahead of where I was as a batter at the same time, from a wicket-keeping point of view he’s really improved in a short space of time. I’ve had the pleasure over the last six or nine months being able to help him out with his wicket-keeping and also his batting,” Brendon McCullum maintained.
New Zealand will take on the West Indies for 3 T20Is starting from 27th November, followed by 2 Test matches. The Black Caps will later host Pakistan, Australia, and Bangladesh.