Pooran a 'very special talent' - Windies batsman makes big impression at Vitality Blast T20

By Sports Desk July 25, 2019
Windies batsman Nicholas Pooran Windies batsman Nicholas Pooran

England batsman Tom Kohler-Cadmore has tipped Windies batsman Nicholas Pooran for big things after making a huge impression in the ongoing Vitality Blast T20 League.

Fresh off a successful ICC World Cup, Pooran has only been signed for five games for Yorkshire but has already been a massive hit.  On Tuesday, the 23-year-old smashed 67 off 28 balls in a win over Leicestershire.  The left-hander shared 121 in only 8.1 overs for the second wicket with Kohler-Cadmore, who top-scored with an unbeaten 96.

“If we had him for a full season, the crowds would come in just to watch him,” said Kohler-Cadmore of the 21-time limited-overs international. “That’s how good he is.

“From what I’ve seen, he’s one of the most talented cricketers I’ve ever played with.

 “The ability he has to strike the ball, but it’s not just clean hitting, it’s the different areas he hits. We saw (against Leicestershire) how powerful he is, and I was lucky to watch it from the other end. He is a very, very special talent,” he added.

“His bat swing is so quick that even when he doesn’t middle it, it still goes. He has such power for a little guy. His hand speed is so good.”

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