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Hoshedar N. Gundevia in Mumbai 22 April 2012 - 10:01pm IST

We should have bowled better: Ojha

Spinner still backs Mumbai Indians’ pacers to make up for Malinga’s absence

Part of the Purple Cap trio that the Mumbai Indians boast, Pragyan Ojha has proven his bowling ability at the highest level in the past. The IPL 2010 Purple Cap winner is now part of MI’s all-star squad, and is looking to match his former achievements. But this season, his form has been blighted by inconsistency; much like MI’s displays so far. The CLT20 2011 champions made a bright start to their IPL 2012 campaign, but soon stumbled and haven’t quite got back on their feet yet.

Despite Ojha’s two-wicket haul against Kings XI Punjab, the Mumbai franchise couldn’t stop the away side from taking home the two points. But the 25-year-old left-armer is confident that his side has enough experience to bounce back from their latest loss.

The talented MI spinner spoke exclusively to iplt20.com after MI’s defeat to KXIP at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday.

Excerpts:


Your team appears to be in indifferent form. What’s going wrong for MI?


Last time, when we played DD [Delhi Daredevils], we couldn’t get enough runs on the board. Today, we should have bowled better and restricted them to a smaller score. We have a better side than how we performed.

You were favourites going into this match. Is it a disadvantage to be labeled as favourites?


I don’t think so. We are an experienced side, and not a young side, who will get under pressure if people expect a lot off you. When you get on the field, all you think of is doing well for the team, and not think too much about what others are planning for you.

How badly did MI miss Lasith Malinga?

He is our strike bowler and he has won games for MI. He is a wicket-taker and every team would want to have a bowler like him. Hopefully, he gets well soon and joins the side for the upcoming matches.

Do you feel MI lack a replacement for Lasith Malinga?


Not really. We have got RP Singh, Munaf Patel and other big-name bowlers. They have played enough international cricket to have confidence to bowl in these games. We are missing Malinga, but that doesn’t mean that RP and Munaf can’t do the job for us. They are also good bowlers with a lot of experience behind them.

What’s your take on the Wankhede pitches?


The wicket is playing very well. They are true T20 pitches as we are getting runs, and there is something for the bowlers. We have to apply ourselves and do well for the rest of the tournament.

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