Kings XI Punjab batsman says his team knew they could win if they got basics right
By Akshay Manwani
Kolkata 15 April 2012
After overcoming the Pune Warriors India in their last game, Kings XI Punjab defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders in a keenly contested game to win two back-to-back outings. Having scored a paltry 134 runs while batting first, KXIP were headed for a certain defeat when KKR had knocked off 73 runs from the first 11 overs for the loss of two wickets. However, Piyush Chawla’s double strike in the 13th over turned the game decisively in favour of the visitors. They ultimately managed to restrict the hosts to 132 for seven – two runs shy of KXIP’s total.
David Hussey (32 off 31 balls), who was one of the few batsmen on the evening to come to terms with the Eden Gardens wicket, spoke on the dramatic comeback made by his team in an exclusive interview with iplt20.com. What was the talk in the changing room at the halfway point?
We always said we have enough runs. If we bowled and fielded well and did the basics better than them, we thought we had enough runs. The Indian batsmen in the line-up haven’t really been performing, but the Indian bowlers won you the match today. Does that put greater pressure on the Indian batsmen in your team now that their counterparts are doing well?
There is expectation from all the batters not just Indian batters. There was fantastic bowling tonight by Praveen Kumar up front. Piyush Chawla changed the game and what a last over by Harmeet [Singh]. It was fantastic.
What about Bhargav Bhatt? This was his first game and he bowled exceptionally well?
He is playing nicely. He got a few runs and hopefully he continues his form. Was Harmeet Singh the automatic choice for the last over?
Harmeet was the automatic choice. He does this for us week in and week out. He has bowled fantastically in this tournament, and hopefully, it continues for him. Now you return home for two games at Mohali. Is it difficult to adjust so quickly to different conditions?
Every ground is different, but we play at our home ground very, very well. That’s our fortress. It’s good to come here and win, having such difficult conditions. Hopefully, we go back home, play some decent cricket, and put in a great show for our home crowd.