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Future bright for Fraser-McGurk: Ganguly

Published : Thursday, 16 May, 2024 at 12:00 AM  Count : 230

NEW DELHI, MAY 15: Young Australian batsman Jake Fraser-McGurk has a long career ahead despite missing out on a T20 World Cup berth, according to his IPL team director Sourav Ganguly.

Fraser-McGurk, 22, has impressed for Delhi Capitals with 330 runs in nine matches, at a punishing strike rate of more than 234, this season in the 20-over Indian Premier League.

He did not make it into Australias squad for the World Cup in June but has been lauded for his fearless batting by Ganguly, Delhi coach Ricky Ponting and fellow Australian Capitals teammate David Warner.

"With Ricky around he guided Jake very well. What I like about him is hes hungry, he wants to play well," Ganguly said on Tuesday during Delhis win over Lucknow Super Giants.

"I know he missed out on the World Cup, Australia should have probably picked him," said former India captain Ganguly.

"But thats the way it goes when you have so many good players in Warner, Travis Head and Mitch Marsh at three, you will obviously miss out.

"But hes just 22 and he has got a long career.

"For us, he is a game changer and thats what you need in this format."

Fraser-McGurk went unsold at the IPL auction but joined Delhi as an injury replacement for South African paceman Lungi Ngidi.    —AFP