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The Deccan Chargers, who are yet to open their account in DLF IPL 2012, lost to the Delhi Daredevils in yet another last-over finish. With a quick fire 27-ball 45 Parthiv Patel helped the Chargers post a 158-run target for the hosts after they opted to bat first. Speaking to iplt20.com after the match, the wicketkeeper-batsman said that one of the top-order batsmen needs to stay till the end to help post bigger totals or finish games.
Excerpts from Parthiv’s brief interview: In the end, would it have helped to have a few more runs on the board?
I though the wicket will ease out. In three overs we lost two-three wickets that made a huge difference. If one of us would have gone on to score [about] 50-60 [runs], it would have made a big difference.
You got a couple of early wickets, but could not capitalize on the breakthroughs. What are your thoughts on that?
I think credit should be given to Kevin Pietersen; he played an outstanding knock. We tried our best, but I think when a player like him gets going it is very difficult to stop him.
What was the wicket like?
The wicket was pretty good. I think it was an ideal T20 wicket. 160-170 would have been a good score, but I thought Pietersen did a fantastic job.
What are the areas that you need to work on going ahead?
Someone needs to score a big 70-80 runs, so that we can have a [set] batsman at the [crease in the] 17th-18th over. That will make a huge difference to the team. Is bowling is an area of concern?
I don’t think so. We have done well. If we would have got 170 [runs], it would have been a different finish, a different game. DC has had three close finishes. What do you think about that?
I think we just need to win one more game and we will be right up there. We have been playing well; it is a matter of time. If we get one win things will be different.
Known for his raw pace, Umesh Yadav is an important cog in the Delhi Daredevils bowling line-up. A keen student of the game, the youngster is busy seeking advice on ways to better his bowling from Morne Morkel and Irfan Pathan. An uncomplicated man himself, this lad from Vidarbha enjoys working with Eric Simons, especially because of the simplicity of the coach’s methods.
After DD beat the Deccan Chargers at Feroz Shah Kotla, Umesh, who picked up the key wicket of Daniel Christian, spoke to iplt20.com about his bowling and his team. Excerpts:
On his bowling
Yes, I have started well and things are going on well. I am only thinking of finishing the way I have started, and [I am] hoping that things will continue as they are. On DD being table-toppers
The way KP [Kevin Pietersen] batted today [was great and] there is good balance in the team. Along with our bowling, our batting line-up is also good. [So] it feels good. It was not like this last year. If we batted well the bowling wouldn’t click [or vice a versa], but this year looks better. I am enjoying it. On learning from Morne Morkel and Irfan Pathan
Both are very experienced players, so I get to learn a lot from them, especially while bowling in the nets with them. Whenever I have a problem, they help me. I enjoy bowling with them.
Morne Morkel’s style is a little different, so I ask him how he gives his deliveries pace and bounce; so then he explains that to me. He guides me on what I should or should not do. He always backs me.
What I learn from Irfan is his nature [the way he conducts himself on and off the field]. He has played for many years, so I learn a lot from him [and his experience]. [..] Being with him is good for me and has helped me. He is a good person and supports me a lot; not only where cricket is concerned, but he guides in other things as well. He talks to me about how to conduct oneself and such things. He says, “Always be who you are, and lead a normal life.”
On how he maintains his fitness
Training is very important for me as a fast bowler. [...] along with training I also do yoga. I have always had raw pace, and I have to maintain that, so I train and follow the program given to me. On whether he focuses on pace or movement
I try to ensure that I am as accurate as possible. The more accurate I am, the better it will be for me. [...] If I get swing, but I am not bowling in the right areas, then that would be a problem. So my effort is towards [bowling the right] line and length and getting a little bit of swing with it too. On coach Eric Simons
He is a very cool and uncomplicated person, so it is good to work with him. He is frank about his advice. He doesn’t pressurise us about what and how he we should bowl. He motivates us and tries to further strengthen our strong areas.
On skipper Virender Sehwag
He is a very cool person. He doesn’t give the bowlers too much tension. He only tells us that when the ball is in your hand, you are the captain. What field you want, you tell me or set it yourself. He is very supportive, so I enjoy being with him.