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Harsh Kalan in Pune 01 January 1970 - 12:39am IST

Been on a learning curve this season: Kaul

Birthday boy cherishes maiden IPL stint with DD

While Delhi DaredevilsSiddharth Kaul picked two key wickets on his 23rd Birthday, it was not enough to avoid an away loss against the Pune Warriors India. However, the youngster, who made his tournament debut this season, took a lot of positives from IPL 2013.

Getting to share the dressing room with top-class pacers and seniors are some of the things that the young Punjab pacer cherishes. The second-highest wicket-taker from last year’s Ranji Trophy also shared how he has learnt to cope with the challenges of playing at the top level thanks to his experiences with DD.

Excerpts from his exclusive chat with IPLT20.com:

On playing well on his birthday

It is always great to have a day like this when you are taking wickets and helping your team’s cause. Unfortunately, we did not win. But it is always a boost when you perform well in a tournament. You can always carry it forward to the next tournament and the next season. However, right now, I am not thinking about next year; whatever comes my way, I will give it my 100 percent.

On what he has learnt during his time with DD

It is always a learning process, no matter what level you play in – be it junior or senior. Playing in the IPL under cricketers like Mahela Jayawardene, Viru Bhai and others is great. It always helps to learn about my weaknesses and my strengths from them.

On being on the same side as some top-level pace bowlers

It always feels great when you play with great pacers like Irfan Bhai, Umesh Bhai, Ashish Bhai, Ajit Bhai and Morne Morkel. They all have so much more experience than me, so I am always learning from them.

Whether he has picked up any new deliveries from these veterans

No, I have not picked up any new deliveries as such. I am bowling to my strength, as I feel it would be better to play to my strengths and work on that.

On what he has learnt this season

I have learnt how to cope in the final overs and how to bowl in the first spell as well. I now know how to prepare for a match; how to keep my composure and not get bogged down if I get hit for a few runs. I have basically learnt how to focus on the positives this season.

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