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Cameron White came into IPL 2012 with a big reputation and great expectations. And with every poor score against his name, the pressure on him has increased. However, in the last couple of games, White has turned the tables completely. He produced two 70-plus scores to lead the Deccan Chargers to wins against the Pune Warriors India – both home and away. He provided an encore in Chennai with a 77-run knock off 53 balls, but he couldn’t see his team home.
While he is happy to strike some form, White expressed disappointed at losing another match, in a chat with iplt20.com after the game. You have been in blistering form since the last few games. What’s the secret?
A bit of luck, I guess. I haven’t changed much over the last couple of games, but it’s nice to get a few runs. Unfortunately, we still can’t pull off a victory. Do you think your wicket was the changing point in the game?
We still needed over 30 off two overs. I think once again our fielding let us down, but that’s something we are working hard at.
What’s going wrong with the fielding?
We are practicing hard, but we are just not able to catch the ball.
Were you all confident of chasing on this track?
I knew this was going to be difficult, but I thought we still could have got the runs. As I said, the fielding cost us over 30 runs and it would have been a different story if we would have caught or fielded better. Do you think the team is depending too much on you and Kumar Sangakkara when it comes to batting?
I am not too sure about that. All we can do is try our best. I don’t think anyone is dependent on anyone; Twenty20 is a format where everyone has to chip in.
Is lack of performance from the Indian boys is a concern for the team?
It certainly helps if you have got a strong Indian contingent. At the end of the day it’s about giving young and local guys an opportunity.
Ben Hilfenhaus has been a part the Chennai Super Kings squad since the last season of the IPL. But the sturdy Australian fast bowler made his debut in the league against the Deccan Chargers at home in IPL 2012. With DC needing 20 off the last over, Hilfenhaus ensured his side got home by 10 runs in this match.
After the game, the pacer spoke to iplt20.com about coming in to bowl in a Twenty20 game straight after playing a Test series in the West Indies and his experience of playing in front of the doting Chennai crowd.
How was it playing your first IPL game?
It was good. The crowd was noisy and it’s good to come out with a win, which we really needed. We still need few more such performances. CSK has been struggling to come to terms with the wicket. How did you find it?
At the end of the day, it’s the same for both the teams. It’s a cricket wicket and you need to play the opposition in the day. And I think today we had a really solid performance and we really needed to win this.
How difficult is it for a bowler to come from Test cricket and play Twenty20 matches?
Obviously, it’s a different format, but it’s the same shape ball and you still got to execute your plans. What was going through your mind when you were defending 20 runs in the final over?
I just kept getting the ball where I was aiming to get them. I knew we had a chance to defend it. Do you think Cameron White’s wicket was the changing moment in the game?
I think we had an upper hand just before that, but the game is never over till it’s over. These games always come down to the last over, and I think that was a very important wicket for us. And after that, we got a little bit momentum as well.
It would have been fun watching you bowling to the in-form White in the final over.
Dan Christian is an Australian too and I know his game as well. Also, I prefer bowling to a batsman who’s just arrived at the crease.