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While Delhi Daredevils’ Siddharth 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.
92: Mumbai Indians equaled their lowest total in IPL. They had made an identical total against Delhi Daredevils at Mumbai in 2012.
87: The margin of defeat for Mumbai Indians - their biggest ever in IPL. Kings XI Punjab had beaten them by 76 runs at Mohali in 2011.
71.09: Ricky Ponting’s strike-rate in IPL – worst for any batsman facing at least 100 balls.
30: Dinesh Karthik’s score – his lowest in five innings this year. In comparison, skipper Ricky Ponting’s highest this year has been 28.
12: Number of times Rajasthan Royals have successfully defended a total of 170 runs (or more).
5: All five Rajasthan Royals batsmen scored runs at a strike-rate of 100 or more - second such instance in IPL2013. All five Kolkata Knight Riders batsmen had managed to maintain a strike-rate of at least 100 against Rajasthan Royals at Kolkata.