We were 20 runs short: White

Deccan Chargers batsman says Cuttack wicket wasn’t easy, but 126 was below par

By Akshay Manwani
Cuttack 23 April 2012
Deccan Chargers suffered their fifth successive defeat of DLF IPL 2012 when they lost to the Kolkata Knight Riders by five wickets at the Barabati Stadium. Put in to bat first, the Chargers managed to score only 126 runs on a wicket that wasn’t ideal for strokeplay. DC batsman Cameron White, however, said that his team was 20 runs short of what would have been a good score, because the wicket was not a bad one.

White spoke exclusively to following the loss.

You finished poorly while batting and that probably cost you the game.

Obviously, we were probably 20 runs short with the bat. It wasn’t an easy wicket, but definitely not a 127 [126] wicket. That was the start of it, and then when they [KKR] were chasing it, they were under no real pressure to go after the bowling.

What exactly was the problem with the wicket?

Well, I think it was a pretty good wicket. KKR bowled nicely and it was a little difficult to score. It was by no means a bad wicket. 150 was more the appropriate score.

Are you happy with the bowling effort despite the defeat?

Dale Steyn was fantastic again, and everyone contributed and chipped in. Young Veer [Pratap Singh] bowled well again. Our spinners were good as well – Mishy [Amit Mishra] and Ankit [Sharma].

As part of the senior leadership in the side, how do you keep the team motivated despite the mounting losses?

We’ve got every need to be motivated; we’re still trying our best to get our first win. Obviously, there are a few areas we need to improve. It’s about practicing hard, trying to improve, and hopefully, that goes a long way in helping us win our first game.

You have three away games now. Does that not make the job of getting on the winning track even more difficult?

Probably. We’ve got KKR back at their place now. Then we’ve got Mumbai [Indians] and Pune [Warriors India], and they are playing well. It’s going to be tough.
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