Glenn Phillips credits hard work in the gym for his punching power I was doing 800 push-ups a day

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“I definitely put on some weight and started throwing in some more pewter.”

After securing a permanent spot in New Zealand’s T20I squad in 2020, Glenn Phillips took his hitting power to a whole new level in 2021. No one has reached more than six than Phillips’ 89 in T20 cricket ( including the Hundred) this year. Phillips has put his six shots on intensive workouts at the gym, which often include 800 push-ups a day, and includes his strengths.

“Being in the gym has a lot to do with it [six-hitting]”said Phillips during an interaction with virtual media.” I definitely put on some weight and started shedding some more tin. So when it came to hitting in the middle, if I needed to go any further I could, but I always knew I could catch up and release the rope if I had to. I think figuring out what my strong shots are to be able to hit those six allows me to keep a cool head and play the right balls and hit them for six, instead of trying to hit everything for six.

“I think it’s a combination of working hard in the gym as well as understanding my game and what my strengths are and understanding the line and length I’m looking for so I can reach the maximum. Liam [Livingstone] is an amazing ball forward so he’s always going to be hard to keep on my heels and with the World Cup coming up and a few games remaining in the year, it’s going to be a tough chase to see who ends up high there. “

Phillips has been on the road since May, competing in Vitality Blast, Hundred, CPL and most recently IPL in the UAE. So what’s on her mind during confinement? Play sports, of course.

“Especially when I’m in quarantine and alone and there isn’t much to do, I try to exercise as much as possible, but for the time being [in the New Zealand bubble] I have my partner here, so we spend as much time as possible together before she leaves. I think as soon as she leaves, she will be exercising 24/7 …

“At one point, I was sort of doing 800 [press-ups] one day in three sets. I would do a set of 300, then 300 and 200. And on an average day I would normally end up with around 500. So the 300 and 200 sets – they all depend on the day and other workouts that I was doing – sometimes. cardio, sometimes it was strength based, but these were definitely the ones that made the biggest difference when I got home where my numbers on things like the bench press and bench pull skyrocketed to only do bodyweight stuff. “

Phillips has also done his part with the ball in franchise tournaments, with Daniel Vettori, coach of the Barbados Royals speaking about his quick rotation at CPL 2021. New Zealand could play both its frontline spinners Mitchell Santner and Ish Sodhi in their XI, with Phillips providing some cushion.

Phillips continues to learn on the job as a bowler and hopes to be matched with India and Afghanistan, which could potentially have few lefties in their upper and middle orders, under conditions that could help turn.

“I feel really good about my bowling right now,” said Phillips. “It was great from Sanju [Samson] to give me some opportunities in the IPL also under these conditions and I definitely understood that I had probably played a little harder in the second game and that is the case with some games. As a bowler, some bowlers are going to have a tap, whether they play all the time or work on my skills like me.

“But for me personally, I play a lot in the net and work on my length and pace and changes and I also have a few more laps in the bag now which means if I get the opportunity to ‘use them I can be a bit more unpredictable which ideally gives Kane [Williamson] something else to play with other than just Ish [Sodhi] and [Mitchell] Santner. So whether I get used to it or not, it definitely depends on the team situation. But we have lefties coming into play, especially with India and Afghanistan there. There is potential that I will play and I will certainly relish a challenge as always. “

Phillips has the opportunity to refine his powerful strikes and side effects in three warm-up matches (against Australia, England and the Netherlands) before New Zealand open their Cup campaign World Cup on October 26 against Pakistan in Sharjah.

Deivarayan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo


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