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‘At one stage I was doing 800 press-ups a day’ – Glenn Phillips credits intense workout for his power hitting

By BetBarter Staff

October 11, 2021

Glenn Phillips has had a memorable last couple of years. He scored his maiden T20I hundred, scored tons of runs in domestic cricket and delivered some decent performances in the home series against Australia and Bangladesh. He also bagged an IPL contract when Rajasthan Royals roped him as a replacement for Jofra Archer. Glenn Phillips has been on a six-hitting mission this year and has scored 89 maximums in T20 cricket ( including Hundred), which is the most by any player in 2021. Phillips revealed how his intense workout in the gym helped him gain the strength needed to hit those lusty blows.

"Being in the gym has had a lot to do with it [six-hitting]," Phillips said during a virtual media interaction. "I've definitely put on some weight and started throwing a bit more tin around.

As mentioned, Phillips is leading the charts of most sixes this year. The wicketkeeper-batter, however, feels that it’s going to be a tough fight between him and England all-rounder, Liam Livingstone, for the most sixes at the end of this year. "Liam [Livingstone] is an incredible ball-striker, so he's always going to be a tough one to keep off my heels and with the World Cup coming up and a couple of matches left in the year still it's going to be a tough chase to see who finishes on top there."

Phillips has been part of bio-bubbles since May. He participated in the Vitality Blast, Hundred, CPL and IPL. The right-hander revealed he worked on improving his strength and endurance during quarantine. “Especially when I'm quarantined and alone and there's not much to do, I try to do as much exercise as possible, but at the moment [in the New Zealand bubble] I've got my partner here, so we enjoy as much time together as possible before she ends up leaving. I think as soon as she's gone again, it'll be exercising 24/7.

"At one stage I was sort of doing 800 [press-ups] a day over three sets. I'd do a set of 300, then 300, and 200. And on an average day, I'd normally end up with about 500. So, the 300 and 200 set - they all depend upon what the day was and depending on other workouts I was doing - sometimes cardio, sometimes it'd be strength-based, but those are definitely the ones that made the biggest difference to when I got back home where my numbers on things like the bench press and bench pull went skyrocketing went from doing just body-weight stuff."