“We have been practising taking such catches every day during our training sessions. I have taken such catches in our fielding sessions. It was not a surprise for me,” Pooran told TOI from Dubai on Monday, a day after he dived full-length dive over the rope at wide long and flicked the ball back into play to deny Sanju Samson of Rajasthan Royals a six.
The 24-year-old gave credit to Rhodes for stressing on athleticism and improving his fielding at the outfield.
No way have I just seen thisTHE BEST BIT OF INDIVIDUAL FIELDING I HAVE EVER SEEN FROM NICOLAS POORAN#ipl… https://t.co/FGUBdWuSna
— MT (@mihirt25) 1601224760000
“What I have improved significantly in the past couple of weeks. I am a wicketkeeper, so diving and jumping are natural to me, but I have learned from Rhodes is game awareness. I believe in hard work. There is no substitute for it. Hopefully, as the tournament progresses, I will be able to save more runs for my team in the outfield,” he said, adding Rhodes kept telling them during the session that fielders must put their bodies over the line as fielding is as important as batting and bowling.
This is the best save I have seen in my life. Simply incredible!! 👍#IPL2020 #RRvKXIP https://t.co/2r7cNZmUaw
— Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) 1601224974000
Despite a Super Over loss to Delhi Capitals and another close defeat to Rajasthan Royals, Pooran said the team is optimistic.
“Yes, as a team, we were gutted after yesterday’s loss. But there is no panic in the dressing room. As a unit, we are very positive and have learned from our mistakes,” said Pooran, who scored an unbeaten eight-ball 25.
Gravity naamak cheez hi bhula di. Aisa kaise. Defied Gravity, Pooran. What a save. https://t.co/1HReADpmVh
— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) 1601225052000
“There are a lot of things that we are doing right. We have not been able to close the games, but at the same time, we haven’t done much wrong. We still have 11 games to go, and I am sure we will bounce back strongly,” he said.
Pooran is someone who had come to IPL with game time under his belt. The West Indian represented Guyana Amazon Warriors in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL), where he has scored his maiden T20 hundred against St Kitts and Nevis Patriots.
“I was lucky to get some match time under my belt before IPL. As a professional cricketer, you want to do well in the IPL, because the standard is equal to international cricket,” he signed off.