IPL 2023, Liam Livingstone | I don’t like the word ‘anchor’ as everyone plays the game with a different attitude: Livingstone

New Delhi: Liam Livingstone may be known for his ability to hit big sixes but the England and Punjab Kings (PBKS) batsman does not feel that he is an ‘anchor’ in T20 cricket. The role of playing batsman) has become redundant. Livingstone does not like the word ‘anchor’ but the 29-year-old batsman believes that teams have different approaches to batting as each player plays with a different attitude. Delhi Capitals (DC) head coach Ricky Ponting recently said that the role of the anchor is probably dying out in the shortest format. Questions have been raised about the approach of now injured Lokesh Rahul and former Indian skipper Virat Kohli in the current IPL, who have batted according to the strategy of scoring runs at one end instead of showing aggressive play. Asked whether the anchor’s role has become redundant in T20 cricket, Livingstone told PTI, “It depends on each team, everybody plays differently. Each team has different players and it depends on the role of the player in the team. ALSO READ Livingstone, who produced his best ever performance in the IPL last year, joined the Punjab Kings late in the current season due to rehabilitation from a knee injury. Livingstone’s eyes are now set on getting his team a place in the play-offs, but for this Punjab will have to win all their remaining three matches. The aggressive batsman has so far scored 172 runs in the current season at a strike rate of 163.81. Livingstone said, “It feels good to get back on the field and play. I haven’t played for a long time, it was a good time to think and work on my game and now it feels great to be enjoying cricket.” On Punjab’s performance in the tournament so far, he said, “It has seen a lot of ups and downs. We played very good cricket at times but missed chances at crucial moments throughout the season. Now we have to win all our three matches. Punjab Kings have to face Delhi Capitals on Saturday. With the growing number of franchise leagues around the world, playing in all three formats has become extremely difficult. Livingstone, who was injured during his Test debut in Pakistan in December, wants to play franchise cricket around the world and also hopes to represent England in Test cricket again. (agency)

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