Travis Head eyes good preparation in IPL for T20 World Cup | Cricket News

Apr14,2024



New Delhi: travis head2023 saw a slight uptick in his career graph, but the Australian batsman knows that it will be difficult to maintain that level, and in the upcoming t20 world cup That would be his first stop on that trip.
Head's centuries in two of cricket's biggest occasions last year – the WTC final and the 50-over World Cup summit clash – were Australia's guiding force against India.
However, the 30-year-old is now hopeful that his time in the Indian Premier League will help him be at his best for the World Cup.
“I've come a long way as a player. I think I've got a bit of ownership in the style I want to play and the way I've played overseas too, I've been able to tick some boxes Now, the pressure is on, “I will continue to play the way I have been playing,” Head told PTI in Bengaluru.
“I think in all formats, I need to make sure I go back to the thing that makes everything simple, which is my technique and my blueprint,” he said.
In the ongoing IPL, Head demonstrated his ability to adjust while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
As an opening batsman, Head scored 133 runs in five matches with a striking of 177, giving SRH early momentum while also underlining his readiness for a busy T20 role for his country.
“The World Cup is coming up and hopefully getting into that team and batting at the top of the order will give me good preparation to try to score some runs here in the IPL and get a bit of form going into the World Cup,” Head said.
But playing the entire IPL season could lead to fatigue ahead of the flagship ICC event in June.
The chief was aware of this. “I think it's important for me to make sure that I stay mentally fresh throughout the IPL and keep working on my game and make sure that when the time comes, I'm ready for the World Cup. But I feel like “I feel ready and willing right now,” he said.
The confidence level inside Head was evident when he scored 62 runs from 24 balls in his first IPL match in seven years.
The South Australian said his increased awareness of the game helped him make an immediate impact.
“It was good to score some runs in the first game and to be honest I didn't really have too many expectations.
It has been a long time for me, seven years between IPLs, but I have learned a lot during this time and have matured a lot now.
“I think I understand my game a lot more. So, a lot of different emotions coming back and trying not to get too nervous or worried about the results. I'm just making sure I am confident that the things I have done over the last few years are going to work and I will prepare myself the best I can to play well for the franchise,” he said.
However, Head acknowledged that the presence of pat cummins (captain) and Daniel Vettori (head coach) in the SRH dressing room to make him comfortable in the new environment.
“Certainly Pat and Dan, who I have worked closely with for Australia over the last few years, have helped me. It's a very comfortable environment.
“As soon as I got my contract, I knew I had the support of those guys and that they believed in my game,” he said.
Head described the World Cup final in Ahmedabad as the biggest highlight of his career. With a brilliant century in 120 balls, the left-handed batsman led Australia to a six-wicket win and their sixth ODI World Cup.
“I think the World Cup final was probably the biggest match of my career, whether I scored or not. It was a huge moment. Obviously, I've never played a World Cup before.”
“So, after everything that happened, to get to the final and then to be able to contribute in the final makes it even better,” he explained.
Apart from scoring 90 runs in Ahmedabad and some 40s in New Delhi and Indore during the 2023 Test series, Head said these performances laid the foundation for their stunning win over India.
“Two finals come to mind. But a big Test series (2023) and some T20 games in between… I think I gained a lot of my blueprint and confidence from that Test tour in India, which then leads into the World Test Championship Flowed in and then especially till the World Cup final.
“I was able to take back some of the things that worked well on those wickets and it's good that it came along for me in the big games,” Head said.
Head thought his confident demeanor was perfectly reflected in the Hyderabad team's changing room during the ongoing IPL.
“We want to be aggressive and I think we've shown that in the first five games. It suits me as well. I think right now, we're being really aggressive in the right way and at the right time.
“Obviously, the power play is very important for us and hopefully Abhi (Abhishek Sharma) and I can continue what we are doing in the power play,” he said.
(With PTI inputs)



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