"Mumbai Indians all-rounder hopes his team can bounce back after win against Kings XI Punjab"
By Prajakta Pawar
Mohali 25 April 2012
‘It is not over till it is over.’ This adage is fast becoming the mantra for IPL teams this year. In yet another tight finish in the tournament the Mumbai Indians beatKings XI Punjabhere. The visitors avenged their defeat at the Wankhede Stadium thanks to Rohit Sharma’s valiant effort, Ambati Raydu’s calmness under pressure and Robin Peterson’s cameo.
Coming in to bat with the match leaning slightly in favour of the home team, the South African got off the mark with a reverse sweep against Piyush Chawla. He then followed it up with a switch-hit for four and a slog-sweep for six and gave the strike to Rayudu, who slammed two more sixes. The duo changed the complexion of the game by collecting 27-runs off the penultimate over and finishing the match in the last over with a ball to spare.
While speaking to iplt20.com, Peterson credited Rayudu for the win. Excerpts from his post-match conversation:
What were you thinking when you went in to bat?
From past experience, I have learnt not to think in the situation [like this]. Just try and watch the ball and try to hit it cleanly, and that’s what we did. Credit goes to Ambati [Rayudu] for the fantastic innings that he played. He helped me out there under pressure, so the credit’s got to go to him as well.
What was the feeling in the dressing room when Rohit Sharma got out?
We were pretty confident [of reaching the target]. We still had one batter [Rayudu] that was in [set at the crease]. Rayudu has been batting really well for us off late, so we were confident that he could see us over the line, and we were just happy [when he did]. You learn a lot from these games that you win under pressure. We are back against the wall, so hopefully, we can go from strength to strength [from here].
Do you think the last few overs turned out be too expensive when you were bowling?
Maybe. But I think we did well to limit them to under 180 runs. I thought it was a good wicket. They came out and they bowled well at us and put us under pressure. So yes, we could always improve in every aspect and that’s how we practice. So hope that the next time we improve.
Any particular reason why you or James Franklin didn’t bowl again after bowling one good over each?
I am not sure. I was about to bowl when Bhajji [Harbhajan Singh] brought Franklin on. If you look back on the move, [it worked]. Franklin took an important wicket [that of Shaun Marsh]. [...] I just try and do my job.
There was no particular reason [that we did not bowl later]. We have to back our bowlers. They have been doing the job for us in the tournament. Today was the first game [so far] when they actually took bit of a stick at the end. Other than that they have bowled beautifully in this tournament. KXIP had beaten you at Wankhede and you beat them here. Was this payback?
Yeah. [But] you don’t like to think about it like that. We just have to be happy that we got off the mark [today]. It has been a tough two weeks for and us [...].
How does it feel to be part of the MI dressing room?
It’s intimidating being in the dressing room with Sachin [Tendulkar], Harbhajan and all the international players and even some of the Indian players. So yes, it is been intimidating, but they have made me feel right at home. And Mumbai Indians are like a big family and that is great for us.
Your thoughts on Sachin Tendulkar.
It is a great birthday present for him. He can be our lucky charm, and hopefully, play all the games, so we are on. [...] We had a good time for Sachin’s birthday and happy birthday to him. He has been a great ambassador for India for so many years.
You are playing the table-toppers Delhi Daredevils next. Your thoughts on them.
They are a fantastic team, the Delhi Daredevils [and] it is always a challenge. The IPL is a very close tournament [where] anyone could beat anyone. [Right now] it just seems, anyone playing away from home is winning. So hopefully, playing away from home we can take the points from Delhi [Daredevils].
How do you find the IPL experience?
I had played the World Cup here in India last year, so I love India. It is a magnificent place to play cricket; and the energy, the people, the fans. It’s the best place to play cricket in the world. I can’t get enough of coming to India, so I’m pretty excited to be here and happy to experience it.