Charles believes he now has more control when at the crease
West Indies opening batsman Johnson Charles has been on a tear as of late, scoring century after century and looking like fellow opener Chris Gayle at times, especially with the ease at which he is able to clear the boundary ropes.
However, the 24-year-old noted that he owed his newfound form to a change in approach.
“People know me as ‘Johnson Charles the man who is a blaster’, but I wanted to show that it’s not about what you like, but what you have to do,” Charles said. “My role in the team as an opener is to give the team a solid start and look to bat deep into the innings.”
Charles made his ODI debut in March last year, but failed to become a regular in the side after his first few games since he became extremely inconsistent.
It was at this point that Charles decided to tackle his problems with the bat at the High Performance Centre in Barbados.
“I used to look to hit everything but I have realised there is a job to be done as an opener,” he added. “If I get the ball to hit I will hit it, but I am more selective and I look to build a platform and build an innings. My time at the Sagicor HPC has been the turnaround in my career. The HPC has played a vital role in helping me to refine my game and I have a new kind of confidence that I can play and do well at this level.
“I have increased my range of strokes and I now realise I have more scoring options – I look to work the ball into the gaps and pick off runs, not just blast everything out of the ground.”