Tom Banton in awe of Nicholas Pooran’s ball-striking

England international Tom Banton has heaped praise on West Indies counterpart Nicholas Pooran, describing the left-hander as “the best in the world” when it comes to clearing the ropes in short-form cricket.

Banton was speaking after Pooran smashed a pulsating 89 from just 26 balls at the Abu Dhabi T10 League on Sunday – an innings that included 12 sixes. Pooran – captaining the Northern Warriors – has now scored 162 runs from just 56 balls across his three T10 appearances so far this season.

Qalandars opener Banton believes the left-hander is now getting the recognition he deserves and plans to chat with Pooran about his approach to the game.

“He’s different level that guy,” Banton told ESPNcricinfo mid-lunch from his hotel room balcony. “Anyone that bowls to him, he’ll get hold of. I reckon he’s the best in the world at the minute at [hitting sixes].

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