T10 more challenging than T20 for Johnson Charles

The T10 format is not only the newest and fastest format of cricket but also the most challenging one, even for the two-time T20 World Cup winner Johnson Charles.

The swashbuckling West Indies batsman, who will represent Bangla Tigers in The Abu Dhabi T10, feels the T10 format demands better pressure-handling skills than T20s.

“T10 is a much more compact format than T20, it is a more high-pressure game,” Johnson Charles told The Abu Dhabi T10 when asked about the difference between the two short formats.

In T10, the game can turn on its head in a span of few deliveries and a simple miscalculation can hurt the team’s chances. The 32-year-old, who has plied his trade in the T10 tournament in 2017 and 2019, remains well aware of the challenges of this format.

“The margin of error is a lot thinner too (than T20),” Charles pointed out.

At the highest level, players have various methods to get ready for such challenges. Some slug it out in the nets, while some study the opposition. But for Charles, being mentally prepared is the key to giving his best on the pitch.

“Getting your mind in the right state and doing some visualisation helps me (prepare),” he revealed.

Even though the 10-over format poses its own set of challenges, the big-hitting Caribbean still rates it high on the entertainment quotient for its fast pace.

“It’s quick-paced, very fast, and a lot more fun. The entertainment is even higher than T20.”

Charles, who has amassed 233 runs in nine T10 innings at a strike rate of 180, remains confident as ever about the upcoming 2020 ADT10 and believes his team can go all the way to the summit.

“Obviously, the Bangla Tigers are going to win,” assured Charles on being asked about the favourites of the tournament.

The Bangla Tigers have been placed in Group A along with Maratha Arabians, Delhi Bulls, and Northern Warriors. Their first game takes place against the Delhi Bulls on January 28.