Kolkata head coach Brendon McCullum has compared Sheldon Jackson with former Chennai skipper MS Dhoni. Jackson made his Indian T20 League debut for Kolkata this season and has impressed everyone with his wicketkeeping skills. In the first game of the tournament against Chennai, he stumped Robin Uthappa on a wide delivery down the leg side, bowled by Varun Chakravarthy. The execution of the stumping got attention from none other than Sachin Tendulkar.
The “God of cricket” praised the execution of the 35-year-old on his official Twitter, which also attracted attention from the Netizens. Meanwhile, the Kolkata head coach has said that Jackson’s wicketkeeping skills give bring a feel of Dhoni. He added that the Saurashtra player has fast hands and an understanding of spin bowling.
“The wicketkeeping skills have been superb. He has got an MS Dhoni sort of a feel about keeping; really fast hands, and an understanding of spin. He knows what the bowlers are doing. He is desperate to do well,” said McCullum.
The former New Zealand skipper further added that Jackson continues to get better. The Kiwi also mentioned that Jackson is currently 35 years old and has shown immense growth in the last couple of years with having a good ball-striking ability.
“Sheldon continues to get better and better. He is 35, but you wouldnâ€™t know. His growth in the last two years has been significant. He has a good ball-striking ability. And very few players hit the ball as far as he does, he is not too far, if not the same, behind Andre Russell when he is striking the ball. I am sure with more opportunities, we will see a performance from Sheldon,” the former New Zealand captain told reporters.