In a brief interaction with iplt20.com, the 22-year-old southpaw spoke about the match and his batting.
Were you a few runs short today?
I thought we had enough runs on the board because the wicket was slow. I think we were favourites going into this match because we beat them in the last game. I was listening to the commentators last night, and they said that in the last nine games, KXIP had beaten MI six times out of nine. So now it’s obviously six and four; now we have six wins out of ten matches. It was a good performance by the boys. Just one over [the penultimate over in which Piyush Chawala gave away for 27 runs], which goes like that, and its cricket.
Do you think the wicket of Rohit Sharma brought you back in the match?
Definitely. We were in the game all the time up until the last over. I think [the] guys really did well and played nicely.
What did you think about your innings today and what was it like batting with David Hussey?
It was dream come true; pretty nice to get an opportunity to play in IPL. It was a great time just to be with David Hussey and to learn from him and listen to what he has to say out in the middle. I have been lucky to hit a few sixes.
You are considered a Twenty20 specialist. What is the key to your batting?
I like all the formats. First-class cricket [longer versions of cricket] is also my game and I really want to work on that. But Twenty20 is always good for the crowd and there is a lot of cheerleaders and music and there is a lot of entertainment. It’s a great format for the crowd.
You have been very effective in powerplays in the past. What is your strategy?
I just try and work my first ten balls trying to get in and see the pace of the wicket. From there, [I] just explode. And if the ball is there, you just hit it. Other than that you just [score] ones and twos.
How have you prepared for batting on wickets in the subcontinent?
It is a little bit different. But I had [been here] last year when I didn’t play a game, but I was in the nets. And I think the nets are similar to the middle [the match wicket]. So you have to get used to it but you just got to make do.
What is your favourite batting position?
I don’t really have a favourite batting position. Where I go in to bat depends on the team situation. I prefer the top four [batting positions], but I just bat wherever I am needed for the team.