Glenn Phillips credits ‘hard work at gym’ for his power-hitting: ‘I was doing 800 press-ups a day’

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“I’ve definitely put on some weight and started throwing a bit more tin around.”

After nailing down a permanent spot in New Zealand’s T20I team in 2020, Glenn Phillips launched his power-hitting to an all-new level in 2021. Nobody has hit more sixes than Phillips’ 89 in T20 cricket (including the Hundred) this year. Phillips has put his six-hitting down to extensive workouts at the gym, which often include 800 press-ups a day, and understanding his strengths.

“Being in the gym has had a lot to do with it [six-hitting],” Phillips said during a virtual media interaction. “I’ve definitely put on some weight and started throwing a bit more tin around. So when it came to batting in the middle, if I did need to take it deeper, I could, but I always knew that I could catch-up and clear the rope if I had to. I think understanding what my strong shots are to be able to hit those sixes allows me to keep a cool head and play the right balls and hit them for six, as opposed to just 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 that I’m looking for in order to be able to hit the maximum. Liam [Livingstone] is an incredible ball-striker, so he’s always going to be a tough one to keep off my heels and with the World Cup coming up and a couple of matches left in the year still it’s going to be a tough chase to see who finishes on top there.”

(With Inputs from ESPN)

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