ENG vs PAK 1st T20: KKR’s Tom Banton registers maiden T20 fifty ahead of IPL 2020

Young English sensation Tom Banton, who was picked up by Indian Premier League franchise (IPL 2020) Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for the upcoming 13th edition registered his maiden T20 fifty during the England vs Pakistan 1st T20 in Manchester.

Known for his big hitting prowess, the youngster impressed with the willow which also came as a good news for the KKR franchise ahead of the new IPL 2020 season.

Banton is considered as one of the most aggressive batsman in the T20 circuit for England. In the 2019 Vitality Blast, Banton smashed 549 runs at a strike rate of 161 in 13 games and that earned him a place in the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise for IPL 2020.

Kolkata Knight Riders purchased him for Rs 1 crore and his acquisition has boosted the side’s power hitting, with the presence of Andre Russell. The West Indies all-rounder was the Most Valuable Player for Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2019, smashing 510 runs at an average of 56 and consistently guiding the team over the line.

Banton hopes that he can get the fine nuances of power-hitting from Russell, generally acknowledged as the ultimate power-hitter in T20s. “I am excited to play alongside Andre Russell and Pat Cummins. I watched Andre last year, and he played really well. Learning from someone like him will be really cool,” Banton said.