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DC pacer says his team has found the winning edge after their first victory of IPL 2012
By Hoshedar N. Gundevia
Pune 27 April 2012
Momentum is key in the IPL, but the Deccan Chargers were carrying negative momentum in their first five matches this season. Winless till Thursday, the Chargers finally registered their first victory of IPL 2012 against the Pune Warriors India. The Chargers’ South African import, Juan Theron had been warming the bench throughout the start of the season. But his opportunity came against PWI and ‘Rusty’, as he is fondly called, didn’t think twice to pounce on it. His performance might have lacked a certain finishing touch, but Theron is eager to polish his craft in the upcoming matches.
Excerpts from a brief chat with the 26-year-old pacer after DC’s 18-run win over PWI.
How was it replacing Dale Steyn in the side?
I spoke to him before the game. I had some big shoes to fill, but he asked me to go there and enjoy my game. I have been feeling good in nets but it’s different to play in the middle. I could feel a little bit of match jitters. But overall I am pretty happy.
What was it like for you to sit on the sidelines and watch your team lose five matches in a row?
It’s always hard to watch your team lose. Particularly, the very close games, which you think you should be winning but it just goes the other way round at the end. You rather would want to be outplayed and lose than coming right towards the end and lose it like that.
DC has lost their nerve in many matches this season. What’s the reason – inexperience or bad luck?
I think it’s just like any other sport. You just need to get used to winning again and believe you can win games, otherwise even the game you are winning you get a feeling that we might lose this game. Once you just get over the line a few times, you start believing that we can win. And hopefully, this is the start of it. Do you believe this is the start for many more wins?
Yeah, I hope so. We are a good team who gets along very well and works hard. All this while we have been getting 90 percent of it and looking for that 10 percent extra to get us over the line. To be fair we could have won the three out of our first four games, but we were missing that 10 percent of it. Hopefully, we have found that edge and that will push us over the line.
Five losses in a row and then this win. Did the team get any hairdryer treatment from Darren Lehmann after those losses?
Darren is a cool guy. He will point out the errors but he won’t lose his cool too often. He points out the good parts as well. He is a very good coach and very neutral. He will comment unbiasedly and say it like it is.
Did you guys set any targets after losing five games?
The key is always the enjoyment factor. You can’t be wining if you don’t enjoy and just think about the losses. Every time we go out, we look to enjoy the game. We are here to entertain and we love doing that. You were a mixed bag today – wickets, wides and sixes.
I have been feeling good in the nets and I just needed to play in the middle to get [back] my confidence. You’ll get four yorkers right and miss one, which will go for six, whereas if you spend some time in the middle you will get the fifth one also right. I am pretty happy. It was a bit of mixed bag but I am playing in the middle after a long time and it’s good to be back again.
Tall and sturdy frame; long mane peeking out from under bandana and helmet; a band of gold around the neck – Chris Gayle is a superstar even before he takes his stance. But when he swings his power-packed bat, he proves why he’s feared and admired in equal measure.
The Jamaican is arguably the most intimidating batsman in the world at the moment. And true to his batting style, he doesn’t bother with false modesty.
In an exclusive chat with iplt20.com, Gayle easily wore the tag of the biggest striker of the ball. But with great power comes a fair measure of grace. The Royal Bangalore Challengers superhero had some glowing words to share about his fellow opening batsmen in the tournament. He picked the best in the business and elaborated on their strengths and weaknesses.
The Big Five
He has got good eye-hand coordination. I like the way he balances to hit the cricket ball and he has got good speed. He has been successful in all the formats of the game. My favourite Sehwag shot is the square cut. I like the way he plays it.
As a bowler, it will be pretty easy to get him out. I’ll get him stumped and he won’t get a sniff to hit the ball I bowl.
He is phenomenal. We saw a bit of him in CLT20 2011. He scored two back to back hundreds and it was breathtaking to be a part of it even though I was on the losing side. He is an explosive batsman and will join the IPL later on.
There is no particular area where you can bowl to Warner and get him out. Sometimes you have to hope that he gets himself out. Adam Gilchrist
He has got a lot of experience and is a key member for Kings XI Punjab at the top of the order. He scored a century last year in the IPL as well.
My favourite Gilchrist shot over the last years has been the square cut.
I would want to pull the ball for six the way he does.
Mahela has been a revelation in T20 cricket for the last couple of years. He has done well for himself and for his team. He is a class act and we all know his capability and his finesse of touch.
I would try to get him out by hitting the stump.
He is an all-round player who can play both spin and pace and hit the ball hard. He can hook and pull and can play any shot. All these players are capable of doing anything on any day. The young stroke-makers
You have a few opening batsman coming up like Richard Levi, Ajinkya Rahane, etc. Opening in T20 is [a] key [skill] and they have to give the team an actual start. Kieron Pollard doesn’t open the batting but gives the ball a good whack.