Top order needs to perform: Parthiv

Deccan Chargers’ keeper-batsman says one win could turn things around for his team

New Delhi 20 April 2012
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 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.
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