Author: Abhishek Rajan
Shogo Kimura, one of the famous baseball players from Japan, has found a new interest at 38 years of age. Kimura has decided to play cricket after being massively impressed by the Indian Premier League (IPL), a franchise based T20 tournament organized in India every year.
The Japanese was involved in the game of baseball in Japan for more than a decade, but his career seemed to be coming to an end after he didn’t get a contract extension from his previous club Seibu Lions.
However, rather than giving up playing and getting into commentary or coaching, Kimura decided he would try and play cricket and he has been working hard on developing his cricketing skills for the last couple of years.
Baseball and T20 cricket have got similarities in terms of the fact that both the games are based around hitting the ball far and long. However, they are not totally similar as the weights of the balls used in the two sports are different.
Also, the objects that are used to hit the ball in baseball and cricket are different. While they use a metal or a wooden club in baseball, they use a bat in cricket which has a different shape and a different weight.
According to Kigura, if somebody has been a baseball player, it’s definitely possible for him to develop the skills for T20 cricket, but it’s not an easy process.
“I was asked about being a coach but I still feel I can be an athlete. I did not know much about cricket so I watched a few videos and believed the skills were transferable.” Kigura said while speaking to cricketnews.com.
“I need more experience and require spending more time batting. The skills are hard to acquire, and in T20, it is more difficult to spend a long time batting in the game.” Kigura concluded.
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