Rajasthan Royals (RR) English recruit Liam Livingstone is looking forward to building and unleash his ‘super-strength’ which is his power-hitting. Of late, the 28-year-old has been in the form of his life, lighting franchise leagues across the world on fire with his brutal batsmanship.
Having joined the RR franchise a few days back, Livingstone is all prepped up to take on the challenges in the IPL. He has progressed in his career at a rapid pace since making his debut for England against India earlier this year.
“Power-hitting is something that I’ve worked really hard at – trying to get that consistency. Ultimately, it’s sort of a super strength for me at the moment and hopefully, I can continue with it. I’ve really enjoyed my cricket over the last two or three months.”
“I certainly wouldn’t have expected to do what I’ve done – if you would’ve said at the start of the summer that this is going to happen, I wouldn’t have believed you. So it’s nice to see my hard work of the last couple of years starting to pay off,” Livingstone said in an RR release.
Liam Livingstone’s opinions on the RR team and the UAE conditions
The Rajasthan Royals hadn’t performed to their full potential in the first phase of IPL 2021. They’ve won three games out of seven and sits in fifth place. Summing up the performance so far, Liam Livingstone suggested the team has brought in quality recruits.
“We’ve now got a great opportunity to qualify for the playoffs. I feel like we’ve put together a really good squad, we’ve filled our overseas with good quality. We’ve got a lot of Indian talent in our group and hopefully, we can get our combinations right to get some points,” he said.
There’s a general assumption that the UAE pitches will be slow and spin-friendly. However, Livingstone didn’t agree with the same. He feels they are similar to most tracks around the world which are good for batting.
“I’ve played a full PSL here and some matches with England as well, so I feel the pitches are good. Everybody thinks they’re going to be really spin-friendly, but sometimes they’re really good pitches and can prove to be as good as anywhere else in the world,” Livingstone added.
The 14th season of the IPL is all set to resume on September 19. Defending champions Mumbai Indians take on Chennai Super Kings in the first game.