India in New Zealand 2013-14 January 23, 2014

The evolution of Corey Anderson

Grant Bradburn, former coach of Northern Districts, recounts the rise of Corey Anderson, who took some brave decisions, overcame the hurdles of debilitating injuries and countered weight issues
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Crowe: Anderson the difference between the teams

"The biggest compliment I could give Corey Anderson is I wish I could hit the ball like him," Chris Cairns had said after Anderson smashed the fastest ODI hundred recently. How would you feel if the man you consider your idol said this about you? To get this far, however, Anderson has had to overcome a potentially debilitating cocktail of injuries, surgeries and weight issues.

He also shifted domestic teams for better prospects when he was only 20, an age when most players would be happy to be part of the squad and get the odd look-in. Anderson might still be quite young in terms of years, but for someone who made his first-class debut aged 16, and was the youngest domestic contracted player in New Zealand, maturity has come early.

The talent has been there from Anderson's junior days. Virat Kohli remembers him hitting big sixes in Under-19 games. "He smashed us at Kuala Lumpur as well in the Under-19 World Cup, he hit some massive sixes," Kohli said. "Even then he had a lot of power. Even when we came to New Zealand with the Under-19s, in Dunedin he scored a hundred on a drop-in wicket which was very difficult and he hit some massive sixes there as well.

"It is good to see someone from the same batch coming in, maybe from another country but doing well. He has a lot of talent, bowls decently as well, good fielder, pretty strong lad. He is a huge bonus for the New Zealand team. Especially, I don't think they had any pinch-hitters in the middle order before him, so they were struggling after Ross Taylor would get out. Now they have a dangerous player like him who can change the course of the game anytime."

Before he started changing the course of games for New Zealand, Anderson took a route that led up north from his hometown Christchurch, and one that was to turn around his career. Grant Bradburn, who was the coach at Northern Districts when Anderson shifted there from Canterbury in 2011, said the move revealed a lot about Anderson.

"He made the decision himself that he needed to move away from his home association and wanted to push himself to take his game to a new level," said Bradburn, also a former New Zealand player. "He decided to move here without even being contracted. That makes it even more special that a guy with such talent was prepared to come up here knowing that he was going to be under pressure to perform, and he did it. He challenged himself by coming out of his comfort zone. That was a big decision to leave his family, leave his association where he first started the game. He'll always hold huge respect from me and all the staff and players for that.

"That is a sign of his integrity, of his desire to prove himself, to make himself accountable. He knew he needed to play his way into a very strong squad here. He made some big physical changes, lost 20 kgs very quickly and became a lot more resilient because of that."

Anderson had missed most of the 2010 season for Canterbury with a severe groin injury and wanted a "fresh start." But he had been known to have troubles with his weight and Bradburn said it was "non-negotiable" that he work on that when he joined Northern Districts. To Anderson's credit, he drew motivation from his new colleagues and worked hard to shed the excess weight.

"He knew that strength and conditioning was very important up here in this environment in terms of how it related to performance. It was almost non-negotiable when he came into this environment. There were a number of dedicated cricketers around him training very hard. He is very close to Kane Williamson and [Trent] Boult, for example, who are exemplary with their physical conditioning. Corey realised even before he made the move that it was not going to be easy up here. Physically it was going to be tough. He was up for that challenge. He wanted to make those changes. Without him wanting to make those changes, they would not have happened.

"We have just provided the environment for him to do that. We recognised his immense ability. We welcomed him into our environment. He recognised, too, that Northern Districts was a place where he would be valued and supported."

Anderson has been marked out for his talent for a long time, but, for all his potential, he did not have any first-class hundreds until 2012, and often used to fall after getting starts. Then he cracked a second-innings 167 against Otago in Hamilton. Bradburn calls that knock the "turning point" in Anderson's career, and says the allrounder has learned to control himself. A fitter body has also meant a stronger mind, and Bradburn says Anderson is able to concentrate hard and long now.

"He's always had the ability to hit the ball hard but also had the tendency to get out too early. During that innings he showed, most of all to himself, that he has the ability to think tactically through a situation and apply his skills for a longer period of time. He learned so much during that first breakthrough innings.

"He is more determined and confident now that he has the ability to bat for longer periods of time, and therefore, much more significant innings than short, explosive ones. Technically we haven't had to make many changes. It is more applying those skills to the situation that we have worked hard with him."

Within a year of moving to Northern Districts, Anderson had earned himself a new contract. With a leaner frame, he became much more effective with the ball as well. And crucially, the injuries are less frequent now.

"With the better physical condition, he was able to be a lot more effective for longer periods of time, was able to stay on the park a lot more," Bradburn said. "It really helped his whole game and his confidence.

"He's always been a very strong, powerful man. Because of that immense power, his body has taken a little bit of time to build the resilience it needs to control the power. He's always got some niggles here and there, but because he is in great shape now and his body has matured, we are finding that he is getting a lot less injuries.

"He's always been quick because of his power. With the coaching up here, he has learned to control that power and also use if more effectively. He has learned so much about his bowling rather than just coming in and charging. He has learned the finer points of release and good strong body position. We always had the feeling it was a matter of when and not if Corey would make the necessary physical changes to go to the next level."

The next level is well and truly his now. But there is plenty more to come. Anderson is widely expected to earn a huge IPL contract at the February auction. Can all the success, and money, get to his head? He is still only 23, after all. Bradburn thinks there is no chance.

"Corey is fortunate that he is from a well-balanced and a very supportive family, and he is a very well-balanced man himself. He has the right people around him to keep him under control. Knowing Corey so well, he will be enjoying the fact that he is playing good cricket and improving all the time, that he is proving to himself that he can do it at the highest level. There will be no problem now."

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • sk123 on January 24, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    Corey Anderson seems to be a real deal. He may not be a Clarke or Kallis or a Sangakara, but he sure looks like a Gayle with a better foot movement. I know it's too early, but the guy can hit clean and waits for "his" ball (he does have a range of shots) . We still need to see how he plays spin and swing but man can the man hit!! Impressive.

  • Nampally on January 24, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Without Corey Anderson's lusty hitting & wkt. taking power, NZ would have lost both the ODI's instead of 24 run & 16 run wins! Anderson was one guy who single handedly turned both defeats into victories. India need to find an answer to getting him out early otherwise it will be 5-0 rout. Corey is a one man wrecking crew. The best way to address this for India is to go for off side field + outside the off stump pace bowling with their best guys. Bowling full tosses is not the answer. Accurate Yorkers or off side field attack. Important thing is keep him away from the strikers end via singles & do not let him launch into shooting Moon satellites! Corey is a rare talent in power hitting & NZ should be proud to have him. Just like the scoring machine Don Bradman's forced England to produce the Bodyline bowling, Anderson will force the world Cricket to device a strategy to contain him. It is a rare talent of combining timing, middling the ball + infinite power via hand eye coordination!

  • sachin_vvsfan on January 24, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    Looks compact. IMO better than Crains he can go on to become great all rounder but time will tell.

  • anton1234 on January 24, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    I would have liked to have seen I the Big Bash League; shame it coincides with the NZ summer.

  • punterdgr8 on January 24, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    why compare the populaton?if nz has only 4m and if it's creating a prob then pls engage yourselves.i'm serious!bjorn borg wud ask the same thing from his swedish compatriots rather than that don't see how tough it's for nz afterall it's still a large sample size.the grass is always green on the other side of the fence.v complain abt popln explosion,u rn't happy abt less population and i don't mean to denigrate anyone.pls don't take it otherwise.cricinfo,pls publish if u want 2!!!!

  • on January 24, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    anderson is really a game changer . As a pakistani i always admire NZ cricket with such a small community they have produced world class players from time to time . I love crowe cairns sir hadlee and in current team ryder is my fav player in my opinion the most dangerous of all . But anderson has a bright future and he will be trump card for NZ in upcoming world t20 . Wish him bright future ahead .

  • iceaxe on January 24, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    @Elliott Boreham - well, I wouldn't call Shane Bond an armchair critic! LOL!

  • on January 24, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Dear Shane, It's great to have you around in this forum. What's your take on Mohammed Shami and what do you think about Zaheer Khan's comeback?

  • on January 24, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Its funny reading all these critics... Maybe he will fall from grace, probably still be 100 times better than any of you arm chair professionals.

  • mansoor777 on January 24, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    Corey Anderson will be a Player to Watch in World Cup 2015 for New Nealand. He Can Change the Course of Games within 5 overs. Remind me of Mark Greatbatch. Indians will have hard time for remaining 3 ODI Courtesy Anderson

  • sk123 on January 24, 2014, 21:17 GMT

    Corey Anderson seems to be a real deal. He may not be a Clarke or Kallis or a Sangakara, but he sure looks like a Gayle with a better foot movement. I know it's too early, but the guy can hit clean and waits for "his" ball (he does have a range of shots) . We still need to see how he plays spin and swing but man can the man hit!! Impressive.

  • Nampally on January 24, 2014, 14:41 GMT

    Without Corey Anderson's lusty hitting & wkt. taking power, NZ would have lost both the ODI's instead of 24 run & 16 run wins! Anderson was one guy who single handedly turned both defeats into victories. India need to find an answer to getting him out early otherwise it will be 5-0 rout. Corey is a one man wrecking crew. The best way to address this for India is to go for off side field + outside the off stump pace bowling with their best guys. Bowling full tosses is not the answer. Accurate Yorkers or off side field attack. Important thing is keep him away from the strikers end via singles & do not let him launch into shooting Moon satellites! Corey is a rare talent in power hitting & NZ should be proud to have him. Just like the scoring machine Don Bradman's forced England to produce the Bodyline bowling, Anderson will force the world Cricket to device a strategy to contain him. It is a rare talent of combining timing, middling the ball + infinite power via hand eye coordination!

  • sachin_vvsfan on January 24, 2014, 14:19 GMT

    Looks compact. IMO better than Crains he can go on to become great all rounder but time will tell.

  • anton1234 on January 24, 2014, 14:14 GMT

    I would have liked to have seen I the Big Bash League; shame it coincides with the NZ summer.

  • punterdgr8 on January 24, 2014, 13:48 GMT

    why compare the populaton?if nz has only 4m and if it's creating a prob then pls engage yourselves.i'm serious!bjorn borg wud ask the same thing from his swedish compatriots rather than that don't see how tough it's for nz afterall it's still a large sample size.the grass is always green on the other side of the fence.v complain abt popln explosion,u rn't happy abt less population and i don't mean to denigrate anyone.pls don't take it otherwise.cricinfo,pls publish if u want 2!!!!

  • on January 24, 2014, 10:14 GMT

    anderson is really a game changer . As a pakistani i always admire NZ cricket with such a small community they have produced world class players from time to time . I love crowe cairns sir hadlee and in current team ryder is my fav player in my opinion the most dangerous of all . But anderson has a bright future and he will be trump card for NZ in upcoming world t20 . Wish him bright future ahead .

  • iceaxe on January 24, 2014, 9:01 GMT

    @Elliott Boreham - well, I wouldn't call Shane Bond an armchair critic! LOL!

  • on January 24, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Dear Shane, It's great to have you around in this forum. What's your take on Mohammed Shami and what do you think about Zaheer Khan's comeback?

  • on January 24, 2014, 7:50 GMT

    Its funny reading all these critics... Maybe he will fall from grace, probably still be 100 times better than any of you arm chair professionals.

  • mansoor777 on January 24, 2014, 7:17 GMT

    Corey Anderson will be a Player to Watch in World Cup 2015 for New Nealand. He Can Change the Course of Games within 5 overs. Remind me of Mark Greatbatch. Indians will have hard time for remaining 3 ODI Courtesy Anderson

  • on January 24, 2014, 6:21 GMT

    @Cpt. Meanster Yeah but I don't think that the writer of the article or myself were saying him to be the very best. He has played a few good innings outside as well (Bangladesh when we were wobbling at 180-4 with only BJ left). But smallish grounds? Most of his hits, cleared the ground by mile, even in queenstown (you should have a look at it in highlights). Cricket here is played on Rugby grounds and it's something we can't change. Anyways, I don't think your players are flat track bullies (except Sharma, Dhawan to name a few). You have produced the likes of Tendulkar,Dravid,Gavaskar and now Kohli. Hoping for a nice, tight finish at the Eden Park.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 24, 2014, 5:57 GMT

    @Shane Bond: I admire you trying to speak out for your nation's cricketer, a trait which sometimes lacks in Indian supporters. Corey Anderson is not worthy to speak about until he performs the say way in conditions around the world. He still hasn't played on tough turning tracks of India or elsewhere in the sub continent. He hasn't played against the likes of AUS, ENG and SA either. All his exploits are so far at home, on smallish grounds against some really lacklustre bowlers including India's. Reasonably speaking, any good performances by Indian players gets trampled upon with the excuse of them being 'flat track bullies' but when the same situation presents itself via a foreign player, he's considered to be the next big thing. If I was a NZ fan, I would hold on to my horses before putting Anderson under the spotlight. After all, cricket careers are forged over several years and performances.

  • on January 24, 2014, 5:09 GMT

    @Cpt. Meanster. Same old. Same old. According to you, Kohli is having his time. Tendulkar had his time. Just because he's from NZ doesn't mean he is "average". Should I remind you this "Average" NZ has produced several bowlers who are way better than you've ever produced. If that's your theory, Dhawan, Sharma, Rahane, Sehwag, gambhir all are just "average Indian cricleters?" Respect other teams mate, it does you and others a lot good.

  • Sanj747 on January 24, 2014, 4:21 GMT

    Looks a quality player. Great for NZ cricket. They need a lift. The test will be how sustainable he is and the true test is outside. No doubt that at the next World Cup Anderson together with Kohli and Faulkner are going to players to watch.

  • on January 24, 2014, 3:31 GMT

    @22many You're right. The current middle order is one of the most destructive ever we have had. But I disagree on Mccullum opening. He's at his best when the platform is set. Ryder is having starts but gets out early and that is the same problem that Mccullum has. So it's better to have a left-right hand combination for opening and at death it all doesn't really matter.

  • iceaxe on January 24, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    Anderson looks very good. Hope he can keep up his reputation. Go boy!

  • on January 24, 2014, 2:07 GMT

    I think Anderson is prepare Chris Cairns place after 6 ,7 years..

    And also he is Shahid Afridi for Newziland Cricket

  • on January 24, 2014, 0:22 GMT

    Dear Editor, I note with interest the comments on the site criticising Indian cricket team following the two defeats against NZ. As I live in NZ I have been attending all the matches . Both the venues Napier and Hamilton could have been any Indian venue, the wickets were flat and the boundaries short. While the criticism has been directed at the Indian bowlers, a score of 293 and 271 of 42 overs at Napier and Hamilton respectively would be average given the recent scores on those grounds. Windies just scored 360+ 3 weeks ago aginst NZ in Hamilton. The problem for India both at Napier and Hamilton has been their opening batsmen and patchy form of other batsmen bar MS and Virat Rememebr Indian bowlers have conceeded 300+ in venues in India their batsmen have chased them down. As an Indian supporter it is sad to see some of the comments. A true supporter supports a team through good and bad times. I have no doubt that all the Indian team members are trying hard. Bhavani Peddinti

  • on January 23, 2014, 23:34 GMT

    @22Many - You have about-turned!!! And now you kissing their derrieres too "22many"!!?? What a turn-coat, band-wagon jumping, fair-weathered so and so. On yer bike..... you are praising the same team and players you were ignorantly tearing apart before and even during the West Indies series troll... I remember.... more do than you realize. How about you be a fan ALL the time if you are really a Kiwi. Not a myopic, deluded, no credit-giving fan like the Indians (who have 1.3 billion to choose from compared to four million)... but rather try being a normal, respectful, but still don't troll your own team because I totally lack judgement fan. Cool? Cheers bro. No, no... clip in your shoes, get comfy in that bike seat and off...you...roll....troll.

  • on January 23, 2014, 23:17 GMT

    The second out-of-the-ground six in the second ODI did clear the roof. It damaged a car in the car park outside the ground and traveled an exact-measured 122m. The only bigger hit I have seen was Gayle hitting either Jacob Oram or Shane Watson (sorry recall not exact) 130m!! The key to those enormous ones is to miss the stand or leave the ground itself, as the distance covered before the ball hits terra firma (as opposed to a structure) adds on the extra layer. Having some brawn (as Anderson, Ryder, Neesham and co. do) certainly helps power those shots into the right arc. Unfortunately, as they are built like 12 year old girls, some of the Indian middle order cannot seem to thunder it the same way. Timing and placement is often wonderful... but I wonder if the Indian fans are bemoaning their team's girlish frames (comparably) and slow strike rates from their openers? Certainly a lot more boring to watch. Guess the BCCI should include us in breakaway then? We're actually more watchable.

  • Patchmaster on January 23, 2014, 23:12 GMT

    Worth noting that Corey Anderson is doing this on BOWLER friendly pitches, as opposed to Indian flat tracks...........they'll be in trouble when he gets there !

  • on January 23, 2014, 22:59 GMT

    Andersen and Neesham are very similar players (but I understand, just by playing alone, why Corey is so highly regarded currently and deservedly)... Frankly, they should both be in the starting team together (always in my one), scaring the crap out of the opposition and nearly discouraging the taking of wickets!! Both are pure hitters and one won't fire every game. The team is so strong at the moment and with Ronchi keeping (and fair enough of late), it is hard to play them together - but in time they will and must IMHO for the world cup 2015. If Ryder misses this 3rd ODI versus India, due to that finger injury, it might be interesting to see Brendan open with Guptill and Neesham play. Auckland is essentially his home town and seeing both Corey and Jimmy together would be funtastic!! Assuming this drop-in behaves of course... it was a bit of a two-paced, up/down disgrace in the last ODI there. Short boundaries straight though - good times!! Forecast 'sunny'.. expect 35,000.

  • Cpt.Meanster on January 23, 2014, 22:15 GMT

    Every dog has its day, Corey Anderson is having his at the moment. Remember Shikhar Dhawan when he first batted against the Aussies during the test series last year ? He was hailed as the next Virender Sehwag, the moustached dasher and stuff. Now, he's just a shadow of his past. Still a good player though, but nowhere near the hype built around him. Corey Anderson is a similar player. He's in good form now, but in the long run, his technique isn't good enough to succeed in testing conditions. His bowling is also weak and he will be taken for runs as was proven in the previous game. Overall, another average cricketer from NZ. He could fetch a good sum in the IPL because that's a T20 tournament that needs hitters without temperament or technique.

  • LAKINGSFAN on January 23, 2014, 21:32 GMT

    I wouldn't count on a batter who batted ferociously against two dead bowling unit like India and WI. A lot needs to be seen of him. Esp, against quality bowling attack and outside of NZ,too. I don't see him playing a long innings if NZ is 15/4 or 25/4. Remember, Afridi. Afridi was perceived much more dangerous than Anderson. And, the rest is history. It's just matter of time before teams watch his tape and find his shortcomings. He ain't Virat,FYI.

  • Patchmaster on January 23, 2014, 21:29 GMT

    It's hilarious how IND fans are now saying that the ODI's aren't important......which is kinda the opposite of what they were saying a few weeks ago ! NZ are playing so well - as an NZ fan, it is so great to see young players coming through and playing well against the worlds best. The other thing about Corey Anderson is the way he conducts himself, he's not a foul mouthed embarrasment like Warner or Steve Smith etc etc, he's a really good guy.

  • on January 23, 2014, 21:24 GMT

    I'm a kiwi, but come on... better than Chris Gayle. I think not (yet anyway). Give him time and will see if any one (lots) of bowlers find out about his hitting and scoring zones and see how he reacts.

    I always remember (I believe it was) Mark Waugh saying (regarding the Aussie 4-day competition), the easiest year is the first year. Because once the other teams have seen you play, they make plans to get you out next time they play against you.

  • 22many on January 23, 2014, 17:55 GMT

    Was a shame we didn't get 50 overs the other night as the thought of seeing Taylor and Anderson cutting loose for longer would have been a sight for all to see. Would still rather have McCullum opening and Ryder batting 5....Taylor ,Ryder then Anderson followed by Ronchi....very powerful middle order with 15 overs to go...not many teams in the world would have finishers like these guys...all could take a game away from anyone in ten overs...imagine one at each end going off. The NZ team are performing very well at present with Williamson and Taylor building the innings then unleashing ....just missing the big start but with Guptill and McCullum up front ,even those two could destroy any team on their day.

  • jimmyvida on January 23, 2014, 17:50 GMT

    Anderson is the wrecking unit. Anyone who can come in at the time he does and score two runs per ball, hands his team the game. Hard to combat that. WI bowlers got the same treatment from Andy. Stop complaining India.

  • on January 23, 2014, 17:46 GMT

    Williamson and Taylor's two great partnerships has enabled New Zealand to carry out their plan, would be interesting to see what Andersen would do if they top order fail. In saying all this, Andersen is a great player in the making, he is a useful forth seemer (I have seen him bowl 140+) and a great number 7 or 6 batsmen.

  • Unmesh_cric on January 23, 2014, 16:41 GMT

    I am an Indian fan and I am just astonished by the monster hits of Corey Anderson. The sixes that he hit during the 1st ODI...a couple of them were on top of the roof! The height and the distance he got on them was simply unbelievable. These were definitely the biggest sixes in recent times in my memory. They measure how big the sixes were in terms of distance in meters to where the ball lands. But imagine if there was no roof...those sixes hit by Corey would have probably landed somewhere in the parking lots outside the stadium!

  • Nampally on January 23, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    Corey Anderson has been a One man wrecking crew for the New Zealand. A genius in power hitting, he literally carried NZ to 2 wins with his outstanding knocks in batting & with 3 wkt. performance in each of the ODI's. Without Anderson, NZ would have lost both the games. Sadly the Indian Captain Dhoni persists with the same old mistakes in selection of his bowlers & XI. He has no tactics to handle regular hitters let alone a Power hitter like Anderson. India can only win by getting Anderson out early + keeping him off the wkts, column. A great find NZ & What a talent in Power hitting! He outshines Maxwell or Gayle by Miles!

  • vatsap on January 23, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Looks like the next Klusener/Cairns in the making. Clean hits, hope he is successful in Tests also. Jacob Oram also comes to mind, but Oram was injured for most of his career. Will certainly help the Kiwi middle order if he is consistent.

  • on January 23, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Response to Shane Bond - I think they are calling him an IPL hot property because of the timing of these big innings. Right or not and whether he is worth it or not, there are a lot of IPL teams paying attention to what he's doing. Agreed that becoming a great player is about playing well and playing long for your country. But in the meanwhile, he can help his wallet a little along the way.

  • on January 23, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Too early to say. Would like to see him out of NZ before any assessment.

  • xtrafalgarx on January 23, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    I remember the boys from my school's first XI being scared about this guys pace. He was the fastest going around on the circuit, but in international cricket he is an absolute trundler! Shows how far off the pace we were.

  • CricketMaan on January 23, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    Kholi spoke like RCB captain..ciao Corey in the auction. DD, KXIP have big pockets with no many retentions.

  • pravejalam on January 23, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    he is wonderfull cricketer & very good found for cricket NZ. best of luck to him

  • Alexk400 on January 23, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    He is better player than chris gayle because his pace bowling decent. Only thing he need to improve is hungry for big scores.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Kiss on January 23, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    Was that a "compliment" Kohli? most feel he is not a pinch hitter. Talk about bloated egos.

  • on January 23, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    It's so, so funny that everyone including cricinfo commentators, former players and several people around the world are calling him an IPL hot property. I don't think playing IPL makes you a great player but playing for your country does. Every player must get motivation to play in IPL from playing for his country not the vice versa. I hope all this money doesn't gets to his mind but as Grant said he's mature enough to know that. Hope he goes on to have great career.

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  • on January 23, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    It's so, so funny that everyone including cricinfo commentators, former players and several people around the world are calling him an IPL hot property. I don't think playing IPL makes you a great player but playing for your country does. Every player must get motivation to play in IPL from playing for his country not the vice versa. I hope all this money doesn't gets to his mind but as Grant said he's mature enough to know that. Hope he goes on to have great career.

  • Front-Foot-Lunge-Needs-A-Kiss on January 23, 2014, 11:29 GMT

    Was that a "compliment" Kohli? most feel he is not a pinch hitter. Talk about bloated egos.

  • Alexk400 on January 23, 2014, 12:06 GMT

    He is better player than chris gayle because his pace bowling decent. Only thing he need to improve is hungry for big scores.

  • pravejalam on January 23, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    he is wonderfull cricketer & very good found for cricket NZ. best of luck to him

  • CricketMaan on January 23, 2014, 12:19 GMT

    Kholi spoke like RCB captain..ciao Corey in the auction. DD, KXIP have big pockets with no many retentions.

  • xtrafalgarx on January 23, 2014, 13:59 GMT

    I remember the boys from my school's first XI being scared about this guys pace. He was the fastest going around on the circuit, but in international cricket he is an absolute trundler! Shows how far off the pace we were.

  • on January 23, 2014, 14:02 GMT

    Too early to say. Would like to see him out of NZ before any assessment.

  • on January 23, 2014, 14:36 GMT

    Response to Shane Bond - I think they are calling him an IPL hot property because of the timing of these big innings. Right or not and whether he is worth it or not, there are a lot of IPL teams paying attention to what he's doing. Agreed that becoming a great player is about playing well and playing long for your country. But in the meanwhile, he can help his wallet a little along the way.

  • vatsap on January 23, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    Looks like the next Klusener/Cairns in the making. Clean hits, hope he is successful in Tests also. Jacob Oram also comes to mind, but Oram was injured for most of his career. Will certainly help the Kiwi middle order if he is consistent.

  • Nampally on January 23, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    Corey Anderson has been a One man wrecking crew for the New Zealand. A genius in power hitting, he literally carried NZ to 2 wins with his outstanding knocks in batting & with 3 wkt. performance in each of the ODI's. Without Anderson, NZ would have lost both the games. Sadly the Indian Captain Dhoni persists with the same old mistakes in selection of his bowlers & XI. He has no tactics to handle regular hitters let alone a Power hitter like Anderson. India can only win by getting Anderson out early + keeping him off the wkts, column. A great find NZ & What a talent in Power hitting! He outshines Maxwell or Gayle by Miles!