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CSK all-rounder believes his team doesn’t need to make changes to win
By Hoshedar N. Gundevia
Pune 15 April 2012
Change is the only constant in life and the Chennai Super Kings are finding this out the hard way. After two seasons of unprecedented success, the South Indian franchise has failed to live up to its lofty ambitions thus far in IPL 2012. The road towards the coveted league title is long and winding and the Super Kings have felt the need to reassess their strategy sjust five games into the tournament.
India international, Ravindra Jadeja was CSK’s star buy in the pre-season, and the 23-year-old is slowly but surely edging towards reaching his full potential. The talented Saurashtra native is already making waves in his new team and hopes to continue growing in the presence of world cricket’s elite.
Jadeja’s quickfire 44 against the Pune Warriors India wasn’t quite enough to see his team home, but despite the disappointment he took out time to speak exclusively to iplt20.com. Excerpts:
What went wrong today for CSK?
According to me, the wicket was really good; they [PWI] batted well and played some good cricketing shots. [Jesse] Ryder played really well throughout the innings and Steve Smith backed him up really well, and that took the game away from us. You are finding your feet after a slow start to the tournament. How are you feeling?
This was just our fifth game, and I am new to this team. All my team mates and support staff gel along well. We will try and perform well in the remaining games and win them.
CSK bought you for USD 2 million. Does that put any kind of pressure on you?
When I am off the field I think about it at times, but on the field there is nothing as such in my head. You play alongside MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina. Does that help you in any way?
Yeah, I like the experience I am getting to playing alongside such big names. I have played with Dhoni and Raina for India, so there is a unity and we will look for positive results in the remaining games.
How has coach Stephen Fleming’s presence helped you?
He is a very soft-spoken guy and never lets any player have any kind of negative thoughts. He knows how to get the most out of a player, which is good for every individual and for the team as well. How does it feel to play for the two-time IPL champions?
It feels really good. All the players are matured enough and very hard working. In T20, a game changes in one over. So according to me, there is no need for any changes in the side. All we got to do is work harder in the nets and give our best on the field.
100 The winning six was 100th by Ryan ten Doeschate in 134 games. He is the 20th player to do so, but first from a non-Test playing nation. 7 Number of times Gautam Gambhir has been run out in the IPL. Only Y Venugopal Rao (nine times) and Yusuf Pathan (eight times) have been dismissed more often in this fashion, while Irfan Pathan has also been run out on seven occasions. 6 Number of players to hit 300 fours in Twenty20. Gautam Gambhir became the first Indian batsman to accomplish this feat. Brad Hodge heads the list with 447 fours, followed Brendon McCullum (352), David Warner (344), Herschelle Gibbs (337) and Kumar Sangakkara (313). 5 Number of players to aggregate more than 1,600 runs in the IPL. Jacques Kallis joined the ranks of Suresh Raina (1,905), Sachin Tendulkar (1,739), Adam Gilchrist (1,657) and Rohit Sharma (1,637).
3 Number of matches won with a six in IPL 2012. Other than KKR’s Ryan ten Doeschate’s winning strike against RR, Ambati Rayudu (for the Mumbai Indians v the Chennai Super Kings on April 4) and Rohit Sharma (for the Mumbai Indians v the Deccan Chargers on April 9) have struck sixes to finish off a match.