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While Virender Sehwag’s domination blunted the Mumbai Indians’ attack, Kevin Pietersen followed it up with a cameo that completely took the wind out of the visitors’ sails.
Pietersen, who has played crucial in Delhi Daredevils’ climb to the top of the table since coming into the side a couple of weeks back, scored an unbeaten 26-ball half-century as his team set MI a massive target. After their thumping victory, he spoke to iplt20.com about his team and his batting. Excerpts from Pietersen’s interview:
On everything going DD’s way right now and them being the table-toppers
We are very happy with the position we are in, but this competition is a long way from over. It is irrelevant how good you are playing at the moment, I think you have to play well to get to the semifinals but that will come. Hopefully, we will still be playing good cricket then. On his innings
I think our groundsman needs to be lauded for the wicket that he has produced. The wickets are absolutely brilliant, so to go and bat on them as a batter, you can give yourself a chance and score quick runs. That’s what I did this evening and that’s what all our boys did. Mahela [Jayawardene] and Virender [Sehwag] were absolutely brilliant this evening. On whether there is a difference in the approach to his innings while chasing and while setting a target
You know what runs you are going to get when you are chasing. When you are setting [a target] you don’t know [that], so you just got to give yourself the best chance to hit the ball, and we did that this evening. On how the season has panned out for him with only couple of games left before he leaves
I am very happy with the way I have played. I am very happy that we as a team have gelled and we supported each other and we have backed each other, and I will be very sad to leave the IPL because I absolutely love this competition. On Virender Sehwag as a captain
He is a magnificent captain. I like the way he captains because everything is optional. You do what you want to do to get the best out of your ability. And I think that’s a brilliant way to captain and I love it. It works for me and I know it works for a lot of other senior players, so it is good and I love it.
On vice-captain, Mahela Jayawardene and the way he complements Sehwag, who is lot more instinctive
[...] They are both competitive cricketers. Viru might not look like he is strategizing, but he does. He might just be a little more relaxed, a little more calm. Mahela is obviously a little more upbeat [...] both of them are fantastic leaders. Sharing the dressing room with these two guys for the last two weeks was brilliant.
On young Indian cricketers to look out for
[Shahbaz] Nadeem has bowled beautiful left-arm spin. I am so happy that he has been around because he has helped the side a lot.
Although a target of 208 is a tough ask, Ambati Rayudu kept the Mumbai Indians in the hunt with his 39-ball 62, which included three sixes and five boundaries. However, after losing three early wickets while chasing the mammoth target set by the Delhi Daredevils, the 26-year-old’s knock couldn’t save the game for the visitors. Speaking to iplt20.com after the match, Rayudu spoke about his disappointment, but he also believes that MI can bounce back.
Excerpts from his brief conversation:
On being in good personal form and whether he was confident of taken MI over the line after doing the same against KXIP in the last game I definitely thought we could win it today [given] the situation we were in. Unfortunately, we lost wickets at the wrong time; two wickets [Rayudu and Kieron Pollard got out in the 15th over off consecutive deliveries] in an over [made it] a little too difficult [...] [to deal with].
On whether losing a wicket in the first over puts a team on the back foot
No not really. I think we are a good enough team to win from almost all situations. So, I think we were in the game till about 16th over. It was really unfortunate that we lost wickets one after the other and it really didn’t help. On the score MI hoped to restrict DD after asking the hosts to bat first
As a batsman, I would say that whatever score that they put on the board we should be good enough to get it. I think we were right in the game, and I am really disappointed that we couldn’t finish it off.
On the Feroz Shah Kotla wicket
It was a really good track for Twenty20 cricket, and I think both the sides really enjoyed playing here. On MI’s batting strategy against DD’s bowling attack, which is one of the better ones in the league
Even we have a good batting attack. We really didn’t think much [about it] because we have good enough batsmen to tackle whatever bowling. I wouldn’t really read into their bowling as such. On MI’s chances in IPL 2012
Definitely [we have chance]. The top team and I think the second last team are just separated by about two-three points, so with the second half of the tournament still to go, I don’t see two or three points making any difference at all as of now. It’s like the start of the tournament again. On regrouping and motivating the team
It’s a challenge [moving forward], especially because we are not used to being in this situation since the last two years. I think it is a challenge and I am sure we are strong enough to come up with a good performance in the next game. On having Sachin Tendulkar and Lasith Malinga back in the team
Definitely [it’s a good thing]. Everyone knows how [important and effective] Sachin sir is; and having Malinga back is a definite boost to our bowling line-up. I am sure that the second half of the tournament will be better than the first half.