Heinrich Klaasen and Virat Kohli scored centuries for their respective teams.Image Credit source: Twitter/RCB
New Delhi: When runs come out of Virat Kohli’s bat, it is discussed a lot. When these runs are converted into a century, then the achievement of any player remains in front of him. Something similar happened with Sunrisers Hyderabad batsmen henrich classen Along with, who scored a wonderful century against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Due to Bangalore’s victory and Kohli’s century, all the attention went on him, but cricket experts also know that Klaasen’s innings was much better.
Bangalore defeated Hyderabad by 8 wickets on Thursday evening in Hyderabad. Virat Kohli’s brilliant century played the biggest role in this victory of Bangalore. Kohli scored 100 runs and kept the team in the playoff race. Before Kohli’s century, Klaasen played a tremendous inning of 104 runs, which took Hyderabad to a strong score of 186 runs.
Why is Classen’s innings special?
After 2019, Clausen returned to IPL in this season and he struggled alone for Hyderabad throughout the season. Although he was not able to play big innings. He also made up for this deficiency against Bangalore. Clausen scored his first century of IPL in just 49 balls.
Classen’s innings was special in many ways. One, he alone scored 104 out of 186 runs of the team. Second and most importantly, his performance against the spinners. While on the one hand, even veteran Indian batsmen like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan have been seen struggling against spinners, while foreign batsmen like Klaasen have done exceptionally well against spinners.
Klaasen made good use of his footwork against the spinners of Bangalore. He collected sixes by hitting some beautiful shots towards covers and straight. Statistics also show that in this season, the maximum number of 19 sixes against the spinners is in the name of Klaasen.
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It is not just about statistics, but veteran batsmen also repeated it. Former English batsman Kevin Pietersen, who was commentating during Clausen’s innings, also said that Clausen is the best spin batsman in the world at the moment. Not only this, even after Kohli’s century and Bangalore’s victory, Pietersen said that Kohli scored an excellent century but the best innings of this match was of Klaasen.
Great South African batsman who played for Bangalore AB de Villiers Also looked happy with the performance of this batsman of his country. In his tweet, he described Clausen as a wonderful player and like Pietersen, one of the best batsmen of spin. Not only this, de Villiers described Classen’s century as one of the 5 best centuries of IPL.
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