Rajasthan Royals (RR) batter Shimron Hetmyer opened up on playing against West Indies teammate Jason Holder in the IPL 2022. Rajasthan Royals on Sunday eked out LSG by three runs to win their third game of IPL 2022 while defending the score.
Hetmyer’s 36-ball 59, laced with one four and six sixes at 163.89, powered Rajasthan Royals to 165/6 at the end of the innings. The West Indies flamboyant batter walked in to bat in the 10th over of the Royals’ innings after Krishnappa Gowtham claimed a couple of wickets to leave RR in tatters with 67 for four down at halfway.
IPL 2022: Shimron Hetmyer blazed 59 runs against LSG
Hetmyer played the role of a wrecker-in-chief during his alliance with Ravichandran Ashwin as the duo combined together in their 68-run stand before the latter retired out himself in the penultimate over.
In the 18th over of the innings, Hetmyer clobbered Holder for 17 runs – two sixes and a boundary- and heaved for a six over mid-wicket in the final over.
I love playing against Jason Holder: Shimron Hetmyer
Hetmyer said he is very fond of playing against Holder and enjoyed their banter every time they faced each other.
“Pretty much (smiles). I love playing against Jason Holder. We have banter that we usually do with each other. If he gets me out, he will talk about it for hours and hours. If I get him, I just watch him and smile and that’s how I win,” Hetmeyer told Trent Boult in a video uploaded on IPL’s official website.
“It was a little bit difficult to start with, to be honest. I could not believe that it was as slow as it was. It didn’t look that way from the outside. I almost got tricked by it, but it was coming on (to the bat) towards the end, so it was really nice at the end,” the 25-year-old talked about the challenges of the pitch.
Rajasthan Royals won the match as youngster Kuldeep Sen defended 15 runs against Marcus Stoinis in the final over. Yuzvendra Chahal (4/41) and Trent Boult (2/30) were amongst the wicket-takers for the Sanju Samson-led side.