A lot has been talked about Kolkata's talent, Sheldon Jackson in recent times. He has been very impressive with the gloves for them this season, but not so much with the bat. He has not been given an opportunity to play in his desired position, but he has gotten a few opportunities. Despite being dropped after two games, the Kolkata management seems to trust him.
For Saurashtra, Sheldon generally bats at No. 3 or No. 4. And he just faced a few deliveries as the No. 6 batter against Chennai. While Shreyas Iyer ended the game, he was not out on three. And, in a match against Bangalore, the right-hander batted at No. 7 and fell for a golden duck. He didn't pick Wanindu Hasaranga's googly.
Team head coach, Brendon McCullum is happy with how Jackson has approached his game. "Sheldon continues to get better and better. He is 35, but you wouldn’t know. His growth in the last two years has been significant. He has a good ball-striking ability. And very few players hit the ball as far as he does, he is not too far, if not the same, behind Andre Russell when he is striking the ball. I am sure with more opportunities, we will see a performance from Sheldon," he said.
Speaking of his wicket-keeping, McCullum said that he was good with his technique and compared him to MS Dhoni. "The wicketkeeping skills have been superb. He has got an MS Dhoni sort of a feel about keeping; really fast hands, and an understanding of spin. He knows what the bowlers are doing. He is desperate to do well," he said. Jackson has been great with the gloves in his two appearances as he has picked up three good catches and a few stumpings as well.