‘Amazing time to come to India’: Debutant Jake Fraser-McGurk

NEW DELHI: It’s a different feeling for young Australian cricketer Jake Fraser-McGurk when it comes to playing in the biggest cricket league of the world – IPL, but the Delhi Capitals (DC) batter made a mark for himself in his debut innings against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) on Friday.Fraser-McGurk announced himself with a belligerent half-century (55 off 35 balls). The 22-year-old, known for his aggressive batting style, made an immediate impact in the IPL by smashing a short of a length delivery from Yash Thakur over deep mid-wicket, securing his first-ever runs in the tournament.Displaying his attacking mindset, he followed up with another six in the subsequent over, showcasing his ability to take on the bowlers and score quickly.
Debutant Fraser-McGurk described IPL as a different feeling altogether and said he was happy to be out there.
“I spent the last 5-6 games on the sidelines and was itching to have a go. It was more of trying not to swing too hard, trying to find the middle of the bat and that’s what I have been trying to do in the last 12 months. I loved the one over cover, nothing better than hitting over the off-side,” Fraser-McGurk said at the post-match interaction.
“It is something that I continue to learn and do, batting outside of the powerplay and I will get better by playing more games. I am so happy to be out there, this is a different world out here, heard about it but to experience it.. it is an amazing time to come to India,” Fraser-McGurk added.
Chasing 168, Fraser-McGurk smashed five maximums in his 35-ball 55 and shared a 77-run stand with skipper Rishabh Pant (41 off 24 balls) as DC overhauled the hosts’ 167/7 in 18.1 overs.
Earlier, DC spinner Kuldeep Yadav (3/20) and left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed (2/41) tormented the LSG batters before Ayush Badoni hit an unbeaten 55 to take the hosts to a fighting score.

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