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PWI all-rounder analyses team’s success in IPL 2012
By Hoshedar N. Gundevia
Pune 15 April 2012
No one gave them a chance before IPL 2012 began. Poor performances in 2011, ensured that the Pune Warriors India’s hopes this year were pragmatic at best. But just four games into the competition, the newest franchise to join the IPL has already made quite an impression with their energetic home and away performances.
PWI is a team sans superstars, with work ethic as their collective motto. And that element of their attitude has shone through the most this season. All-rounder Steve Smith might not have got the opportunity to roll his arm yet, but he has shown enough promise with the bat to garner some much-deserved limelight. The 22-year-old guided the Warriors home along with Jesse Ryder in PWI’s impressive win over two-time IPL champions, Chennai Super Kings.
The fiery Aussie spoke exclusively to iplt20.com after PWI’s third win of the season.
Three wins out of four. Not a bad start to the season?
Boys are playing some good cricket at the moment. Bowling is keeping us in a lot of games, and tonight our batting came off in the end, after some good work in the field. What about the finish you gave?
Jesse was batting really well at the other end and played a much matured innings. When I came in, my job was to hit the ball if it’s in the slot or get off the strike otherwise. I worked pretty well tonight.
You guys are a breath of fresh air this season. What’s the reason?
We got together before the start of the tournament and had some good sessions of training and preparations. We just need to play some good cricket and build on the start.
There were words exchanged between you and R. Ashwin today. Did that motivate you to finish the game?
Yeah to an extent. You always want to get your team home, and today I was really happy the way I struck the ball and I was just happy to get the team home. What was that run out opportunity all about while Ashwin was bowling?
Not too sure, I guess he thought I was backing up a little bit. And as far as I am concerned, it’s not in the spirit of the game. But if he wants to do that sort of a thing, it’s fair enough for him.
Are you disappointed with not getting an opportunity to bowl yet?
No, the boys are doing a good job. Sometime in this tournament, I might get a chance to get my arm over. But at the moment, the boys are doing a good job, and hopefully, they’ll continue with that.
Is Sourav Ganguly seeking your advice, since you have won the Big Bash League?
He has been really good. I am sort of helping him out in the field a little bit with a couple of positions and who should go where. I am lucky enough to get that chance, and hopefully, we continue playing good cricket.
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.