Punjab Kings batsman Shahrukh Khan can be a dependable finisher in future, said former New Zealand allrounder Scott Styris.
Khan who is playing his first-ever IPL season, has already impressed with his batting skill. While batting at lower down the order, he has already given indications he can be a great finisher. So far, he has scored 103 runs in five innings with a strike rate of 135.52. However, Styris feels that it is important not to put too much pressure on him and he should play well and enjoy his game too.
“I think that’s a lot of pressure to put on his shoulders. I would want to back up that truck a little bit and say no. Just let him play and develop! People develop at different speeds as well. He might take two-three-four seasons to get to a point where he is a reliable finisher,” said Styris.
“I am glad to see him go on” – Scott Styris on Shahrukh Khan
He continued, “I don’t want to compare anyone with Kieron Pollard, he’s 6 foot 5, he’s huge. Shahrukh Khan is a big guy as well. Maybe he can look to aspire to be like Hardik Pandya. I’ve seen a lot of Shahrukh Khan because of my commentary days with the Tamil Nadu Premier League and he was a powerful striker of the ball in that league.”
“I am glad to see him go on and do the same thing for the Tamil Nadu side in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and that’s how he has earned his space. Dominic Cork just talked about players developing and moving on to India. Well, that’s what these local leagues do as well, by televising them, by putting them under pressure. They then develop to get into their first-class sides and then into the IPL and then potentially into their national sides as well,” he further added.
Meanwhile, he advised the Punjab Kings to let Shahrukh Khan develop organically and learn from the illustrated cricketers around him as well. “So, Shahrukh Khan, just let him play like all the uncapped players, just let them develop; learn from the big-named players around them and when that happens, you just don’t know what can come from that,” he concluded.