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“Klaasen setting new standards in the game with fearless batting”

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Srinagar: One the games beat ever power hitter former South Africa cricketer Lance Klusener has praised the Cricket World’s current sensation South Africa’s Heinrich Klaasen who has been writing new chapters everyday with his power hitting.

“It was a different cricket in our playing days. Now, the style of batting has changed and this T20 cricket is something very amazing and enjoyable. I saw the last night between Hyderabad Sunrisers and Mumbai Indians in bits and pieces, but Klaasen was amazing and the way he is batting in this IPL is very admirable,” Klusener was quoted as saying.

In the match against MI on Wednesday night, Klaasen hit a quickfire 34-ball 80 with the help of four boundaries and seven sixes as SRH won the game by 31 runs in Hyderabad. Travis Head (62), Abhishek Sharma (63), and even Aiden Markram (42*) also made a mockery of MI bowling with their aggressive batting.

“He (Klaasen) has got good understanding of this format of the game. He has set new standards in the game with his fearless batting, and I don’t feel anybody is close to him right now in the world,” he said, adding, “For Team India, MS Dhoni used to do this kind of batting for a long time in the past.”

“He (Klaasen) can hit the ball with sheer power and his vision to hit the ball as per his pick and he knows the area from where he can get maximum runs. He prepares well for the match and technically has got a great swing, power as well as style.”

“The new generation of batters showed a variety of hitting in the T20 cricket, and they make sure that scoreboard moves on a fast pace. It was nice to see a record-breaking score in the match. It was a good batting wicket, but not so good bowling and it helped the batters to score big runs. That’s the new standard of the IPL,” said Klusener.

“Batters have become more innovative in style and skillful now. We were less innovated in our time but this T20 cricket has allowed the new generation to show the different skills of bowling and batting, and now the feeling of cricket is very high,” he said.

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