England and Kings XI Punjab fast bowler Chris Jordan believes that to cope with the pressure of death overs, the bowler must have a good sense of humour. Considered a death-overs specialist, Jordan proved expensive in the match against Delhi Capitals and conceded 30 runs in an over.
A week later, Rahul Tewatia gave Rajasthan Royals a miraculous victory by hitting five sixes in the over of Sheldon Cottrell of Punjab.
“What Happened to Sheldon Can Happen to Anyone”: Chris Jordan
“What happened to Sheldon can happen to anyone. When you are bowling in those periods of the game, you have to have a sense of humour because when you do bowl in the death, you are bowling against the best hitters in the world,” Jordan advised PTI from Dubai.
Sheldon Cottrell had performed well for his team till then but in the last match, Tewatia’s brilliant sixes spoiled his evening. Jordan, who has played in 52 T20 Internationals for England, feels that it is natural to have bad days but the important thing is to stay calm and constantly focus on the moment and not the result.
“Everyone comes out to see them hit sixes. Bowling in the death is about trying to remain as calm as possible and constantly focus on execution and not necessarily the end result. That is what my mindset is in the death overs,” Jordan stated.
“While you are bowling the yorker, you can’t think about missing it (though sometimes you do end up missing it). I only think about nailing that yorker and setting the field accordingly,” stated Jordan.
He believes that a sense of humour additionally helps in overcoming such situations.
“The format could be unforgiving and guys also can play some unbelievable pictures. So, you have to have a sense of humour. Of course, you do set excessive requirements for your self and also you need to develop into higher after each sport however that isn’t how life works.
“If you verify over an interval of time you have extra unhealthy days than good days in your complete profession. That is why it can be crucial to have that sense of humour when these items occur (you go for runs).
“Anyway, we are at a point in our lives where things are very uncertain (due to COVID-19) and the fact that we are able to play and show our skills and do what we love is a blessing in itself,” stated Jordan.