Punjab Kings appoint Julian Wood as their batting consultant for IPL 2022: Former England’s domestic cricketer and renowned power-hitting specialist, Julian Wood has been appointed Punjab Kings (PBKS) batting consultant for the fifteenth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Julian has made a name for himself owing to his brilliant power-hitting techniques.
The former English cricketer, although, hasn’t represented England at the national level, however, has played considerable domestic fixtures. Wood has featured in 27 First Class and 35 List A games for Hampshire in which he scored 960 and 1131 runs respectively.
Julian Wood has been consistently involved in developing new power-hitting techniques which have affected many cricketer’s life in the past and continue to do so.
The development of appointing Julian Wood as the batting consultant was confirmed by the Punjab King’s official website.
The website mentioned that Julian Wood has worked closely in various T20 leagues across the world including the Big Bash League and the Caribbean Premier League. Moreover, the former English batter has also worked with the likes of Ben Stokes, Prithvi Shaw, Benny Howell, and Sam Billings.
In an interview earlier with Indian Express, Julian asserted that he was the one who saw a change in cricket and hence developed new techniques that have worked for many over the years.
Julian explained the power-hitting technique in white-ball cricket:
“I saw where the game was going before anybody else. I am confident in saying that after speaking to a lot of players over the years,” he had said.
“White-ball batting is hand-eye coordination with power and skill. When you bat, you lead with your head. When you hit, you lead with your hip more. It’s about generating power ground-up, from the hip to the hands. Cricket has been traditionally too hand-reliant. That has to change. Power comes from the torso and hips.
“A kinetic chain of energy happens when you hit the ball explosively: it comes up from your back leg to your hip, to your back, goes to your shoulder, elbow, and finally to your wrists. What I try to do is to join the dots up. You need to separate your hands from your body. You need to do that separation to improve explosiveness. You see that in baseball, the back leg goes back, hands are separated from the body so to say, and then the explosion kicks in,” Wood had said explaining the technique.