The charismatic South African great explained how developing his skills has helped him become a better hitter.

With his brilliant performance, Klaasen helped South Africa tie the ODI series against Australia at 2-2. In just 83 balls, he scored 174 runs, propelling his team to a total of 416/5. Thirteen fours and as many sixes were included in his spectacular knock. Australia missed their goal by a significant 164 runs.

In an interview with ESPNcricinfo, Klaasen talked about how AB de Villiers, his idol, and his game had an impact on him.

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“There are those people you look up to and want to be like, like AB de Villiers. You want to make all the plays, but what made players like AB so brilliant was understanding when to make them, according to Klaasen. “For me, despite my extensive exploration, it was unsuccessful. It was about getting better at my game and understanding my possibilities.

Klaasen discussed the mental shift that improved his performance.

What has changed in my career is that I now play every ball as it is and try to maintain that frame of mind, according to Klaasen. “I don’t think about what I might do for the next ball or review what I did for the previous ball.”I replied that I didn’t know when Tim David asked me how many sixes I had hit. It demonstrates that I had a positive attitude and was just interested in what was about to happen. I need to revisit it and review it. You only occasionally — perhaps once or twice in your career — experience something as fantastic as what you did outside.

He talked about how this adjustment came about after it was abandoned in 2021. He returned to his home squad and explained the changes that needed to be made to his performance.

I was told by the instructors, “You are employing too many alternatives. Let’s set limits for you. I am batting within myself at first to make sure I get a decent platform, and after that, I can just respond to every ball by standing still, watching the ball, and hitting it wherever I need to.My body will take control and start responding. After putting in a lot of effort, it took me a few months to return to my best.

The fifth and final ODI in the five-match series will take place at the Wanderers Stadium on September 17.

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