Brad Haddin, a former Australian wicketkeeper, received praise from Taide for having trust in him and prepared him for the challenges the IPL will present.
Atharva Taide, a young Vidarbha hitter who played for the Punjab Kings in the IPL, had a breakout season thanks to his second-half efforts, which helped him secure a spot in the starting XI. Taide, a proficient left-handed batter with all the tools in the book, fit in perfectly with a hitting lineup that featured firepower across the board.
Taide, who is 23 years old, will be looking at 2024 as the year to have a memorable IPL season and maybe put himself on the national team’s radar in the future. In the IPL, he scored 186 runs in 7 innings with a strike rate of 144.19, which was undoubtedly outstanding. Taide batted up to the third position but primarily served as a finisher.
He gave former Australian wicketkeeper Brad Haddin credit for believing in him and helping him be ready for the challenges the IPL would provide. “Brad Haddin played a significant part in giving me a shot this season. He supported me consistently. He said that I bat perfectly for PBKS and that everyone around me can play their shots. On the conversation programme Say Yash To Sports, Taide remarked, “I have to be that one player who can dominate and anchor the innings.
Liam Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma, Shahrukh Khan, Sam Curran, and Shikhar Dhawan at the top of Punjab’s late middle order gave the team a strong roster to be proud of. When Punjab played the Delhi Capitals in their semifinal game, Taide’s contribution may have been the most obvious. It fell to Taide to rebuild the innings after the opening pair of Prabhsimran Singh and Shikhar Dhawan were down cheaply, allowing the big hitters in Dharamsala to pursue the enormous mark of 214. Prior to changing tactics to bring in the heavy hitters, Taide had scored 55 (42) runs. This plan almost paid off as Punjab scored 70 runs in the final five overs, but they were unable to reach the mark.
He instructed me to begin my innings in nets as if I were starting a game, Taide continued. You develop your habits there. since there aren’t many internet sessions during IPL. There is a great deal of travel. You thus play on several fields. As a result, you play one game in Delhi and the next in Dharamshala.
“Therefore, two separate wickets that differ in their bounce and velocity. You just need to adjust during one online session. You cannot just walk out and slam everything; instead, you must bat in the nets as though you are hitting in a game. You must push yourself as though you were batting in a game. I’ll carry it with me everywhere I go and in whatever format I play. Since that is how I’m going to improve as a player, Taide said.
Taide’s innings of 66 (36) against LSG was their best score of the year. His finest performances were when he was attempting to chase down enormous targets in losing circumstances, but they also helped to highlight his capacity to be a rock in the middle of the order. Given the young batter’s skill, it will be intriguing to see what role the Punjab staff has in mind for him.