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The Kolkata Knight Riders made their way to the top of the points table by comfortably beating the Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Match 51 of DLF IPL 2012. KKR spinner Sunil Narine played a crucial role in restricting one of the most feared batting line-ups in the tournament to 153 runs in their own backyard.
In a brief chat with iplt20.com, the off-spinner spoke about the win and KKR’s good run.
Excerpts from Narine’s interview:
On restricting the power packed DD line-up to 153
Just keeping the areas right [bowling in the right areas] [...].
On the wicket
It was a bit helpful when you bowl a bit slower. On how it helped his bowling
It varies. I concentrate on my areas and bowled a little slow in this game, and that helped me a lot.
On his team moving to the top of the table
I think it’s a team effort and everyone is gelling and everyone is happy for each other. [...]
On whether it was a good toss to lose
We would have probably batted first [too], so it doesn’t matter what the toss was. I think batting or bowling, [either] is capable of winning the game for us.
On sharing the dressing room with international stars
The way they carry themselves and the way they approach the game, I think is a good learning lesson for me. Being with the top cricketers of the world, I hope to learn one or two things and be as capable as they are. On how bowling to batsmen like Gautam Gambhir and Jacques Kallis in the nets
It helps my bowling [and] with my areas. [...] So I think it’s a good. It’s a privilege to bowl to them in the nets and it’s working for me at this moment.
Playing his first match in a few months after an injury lay-off, fast bowler Varun Aaron castled Gautam Gambhir, his first scalp of IPL 2012. Although the Kolkata Knight Riders toppled the table-toppers from their position tonight, the Delhi Daredevils are keen to reclaim their position at the top of league standings. Speaking to iplt20.com after the loss, Varun Aaron spoke about getting back on the field and about his team. Excerpts from his brief interview:
After opting bat first, do you think 153 was a par score?
I don’t think it was bad total. If we would have saved a few extras, it would have been a closer [contest]. I think the last over I bowled was a little crucial with two extras, but it is part of the game. We have been doing well; we will come back harder in the next game.
What are your thoughts on the wicket?
I felt it was a very good wicket. It helped both the batsman and the bowlers, and the ball came on to the bat well. It is just that it was one of those off days.
How did it feel to get rid of Gautam Gambhir in your comeback match?
It was good. How do you feel about your comeback?
After a long time… after a long wait. I would like to thank the Delhi Daredevils support staff and the team and NCA to get me back on the road. I am happy to be back.
What do you think went wrong today? Did the early loss of wickets cost you?
I don’t think much went wrong today. It was small factors; extras here and there could have made a big difference. What do you think about your team’s local talent?
We have got good local talent even in our batting. Those guys get less balls to bat [and] you never see them. But we have got good batters. It’s nice to bowl with Umesh [Yadav] here in Delhi Daredevils and for India.
What do you think of Morne Morkel?
It is a big plus to have him in the team. We all know that Morne is a world-class bowler, and its good to bowl along with three quality fast-bowlers [Yadav, Morkel and Irfan Pathan].
What is it like to bowl alongside Morkel and Pathan?
I just watch and learn; pick-up whatever I can. And more so, TA Sekar and Eric Simons help a lot in nets. So yes, I take a lot from them. I have been working with Sekar since I was 15-years-old, so it has been a long journey with him. Eric, I have been with for two years now, and he is one of the good bowling coaches in the world – both of them. What about Shabaz Nadeem, the find of the season for DD?
Definitely. Nadeem has always been a good bowler. He has played well for Jharkhand throughout the years and it’s just that he is getting the exposure now and he is doing well. I am happy for him.
Is it a relief to not have to bowl to batsmen like Virender Sehwag, Mahela Jayawardene, Ross Taylor, David Warner and Kevin Pietersen?
Definitely yes. It’s good to have them on our team, and I hope it stays that way for the next three-four years.