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MI batsman says his team needs to rectify mistakes
By Hoshedar N. Gundevia
Mumbai 17 April 2012
It’s been an indifferent start to the Mumbai Indians’ IPL 2012 campaign so far. A brilliant away win against the Chennai Super Kings was followed by a disappointing home loss against the Pune Warriors India. After after their rather flat performance against the Delhi Daredevils, the 2011 CLT20 champions are looking to get their house back in order.
Rohit Sharma is the Mumbai Indians’ batting mainstay, with his silken touch and lazy elegance garnering praise from all quarters. Sharma failed to capitalise on a good start against the Daredevils at a time when his team required him to stay at the crease till the end. The 24-year-old right-hander was visibly disappointed after his side’s listless performance, while revealing exclusively to iplt20.com his desire to take on more responsibility. Excerpts:
What went wrong today?
It was quite a disappointing performance from us, specially the batters. It was a good wicket to bat, but we didn’t apply ourselves. Somewhere around 140 or 150 would have been a good score. The wicket had some bounce in it. Hopefully, we should rectify our mistakes in the next game we play and it should be a different story.
Was it a case of poor batting or brilliant bowling?
A bit of poor batting and their bowlers were on target today. It was poor application by us today. There is plenty of time now, so nothing to worry about.
Are you happy with how things have gone for you so far?
I am pretty happy. I am hitting the ball well. [I] just need to take more responsibility and take the team through and look to play 20 overs. It’s not possible every time because at times you need to hit shots and in process you might get out. So you should play by taking everything into consideration. Lasith Malinga wasn’t playing today. How dependent is MI on Malinga?
He is our key bowler and there is no doubt about it. He had some back problem, and hopefully, [he] should be fit for the next game. Opening partnership has been an issue. Would you like to step up and open the innings?
It really depends on the team management. The role given to me by the management and the captain is to sort the middle overs out. If the management wants me to open I will. But again, Sachin [Tendulkar] will be fit for the next game, so it shouldn’t be an issue.
How will today’s disappointment help MI improve for the forthcoming games?
We need to understand what went wrong for us. You need to assess the wicket and chose your shots accordingly because the wicket keeps changing here. This was a fast-paced wicket, and so we need to read the wicket. And if we do so, the results will be in our favour. How do you intend to be more responsible and carry the middle order through?
It’s not an easy job. The middle overs situation is never easy, sometimes you need to check on the number of overs left and sometimes you need to catch up on the run-rate. There are a lot of things to think about when you are batting in the middle order.
Delhi Daredevils all-rounder says his team has had a wonderful start
By Hoshedar N. Gundevia
Mumbai 17 April 2012
The Delhi Daredevils are touted to have the best batting line-up in IPL 2012. But their performance at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday proved that they are well-covered in the bowling department as well.
Opening the bowling attack for the Daredevils, Irfan Pathan set the tone for the rest of the DD bowlers. His ability to swing the cricket ball was never in doubt and the 27-year-old is now overflowing with confidence thanks to his successful comeback into the Indian team.
The all-rounder spoke to iplt20.com after his side’s domineering win against the Mumbai Indians.
What do you have to say about this performance and this year’s start?
It’s a good collective team effort. It’s been a good year and we have been playing some wonderful cricket. We want to make sure that we keep getting better. We always reflect whether we win or lose. It’s been a wonderful start compared to last year. We have a very good team but at the same time Viru’s [Virender Sehwag] captaincy and the supporting staff have been helping us tremendously.
Did you guys feel that the game was over after bowling MI out for 92?
Getting all-out for fewer than 100 in a T20 game is not a big score; but at the end of the day you have to chase that. We always made sure that we keep our foot down and never got ahead of ourselves. We always want to stay in the moment. At least I try to stay in the moment. Now since we have won this game, we have the next game to look forward to. It’s a long tournament, and we need to make sure that we keep going with the momentum. Heading into this game, did you expect to bowl MI out on their home turf?
Heading into this, we thought it’s going to be a great game in terms of the crowd and the runs scored. Mumbai’s wicket generally has bounce, but today it had a bit more in it and the way [Shahbaz] Nadeem started was outstanding, and the other bowlers backed up really well. I was really happy to see Ajit [Agarkar] bowl so well and Morne [Morkel] has been our best bowler, and I was pretty happy with my performance also. Umesh [Yadav] bowled a fiery spell as well. We didn’t expect to get them out for fewer than 100, but we have an attack, which can do so. Do you think your return to the Indian squad has helped you to play better?
The confidence you get after playing for the country is pretty high. Playing for the country has helped me a lot. It has made me mentally tougher.
Have the addition of Ross Taylor, Mahela Jayewardene and Kevin Pietersen given DD a boost?
They have been wonderful players and are top-class players. Most importantly, they are very good team players. They support each other and give their best on the field. Having them in the team is a big-time boost.
Do you think the bowlers have had more of an impact on IPL 2012?
CSK chased 200 [plus] runs [against RCB], so I would say it’s been mixed so far. There have been some wonderful performances by the bowlers and some tremendous hitting by batsmen. If the pitch is flat, there is hardly anything a bowler can do and vice versa.