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PWI all-rounder says his team has been unable to win close games
By Hoshedar N. Gundevia
Pune 09 May 2012
The rigours of the IPL have finally taken its toll on the once high-flying Pune Warriors India. Their seven-wicket loss to the Rajasthan Royals marked their sixth consecutive loss in the tournament, leaving them three points shy of the bottom spot. The Warriors have battled hard, only to stumble at the final hurdle. South African all-rounder Wayne Parnell is part of the PWI setup that tried to make their mark this season. His and the team’s efforts might not have come to fruition yet, but the 22-year-old believes that all the team needs to change their fortunes is to maintain their will to win. The energetic Protea revealed to iplt20.com that PWI couldn’t quite make it count when it really mattered this season.
Sixth loss on the trot for the team; what’s the team going through?
We haven’t really done well. We have played good cricket, but this game is all about results. And at the end of the day, we couldn’t really pull it through. We had some tight games, but unfortunately, we couldn’t pull it through. We have got a couple of games left now, and hopefully, we can finish strong. Would you say that the season has fizzled out for you after that initial start?
We were pretty confident at the initial part of the tournament. We lost a couple of games upfront, but they were close-fought games. And from there, we couldn’t string performances together. Does the wicket at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium suit PWI?
That’s the thing about professional sport; you have to do well wherever – be it here or be it on a belter. You can’t expect to play on wickets where you can score 200 every game. So it’s on the batters to adapt and the bowlers need to do the same.
Do you still feel that you can make it to the playoffs?
It depends on the table. If we lose, it’s not going to be good for the team’s spirit. We have got a couple of games left now. So as a team, we have to finish off well and look forward to the next season.
What according to you is lacking in the team?
Throughout the games we batted poorly and bowled poorly. We just have to stick together as a team and we can’t expect to win all the games as the other team is also looking to win the game. The will to win is probably the key thing for us. And once you start losing one or two games, you shouldn’t doubt yourself, which is the worst thing you can do. Which team do you feel is the toughest you have played so far?
It’s sort of tricky this season compared to other seasons. But DD [Delhi Daredevils] and KKR [Kolkata Knight Riders] have been doing pretty well.
What is it like to play under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy?
It’s nice for me to play under him as I have watched him play lots of internationals for India. It’s a different experience and he is different from any other captains I have played under. It’s a great experience for a youngster like me to play under such greats like Sourav and [Michael] Clarke.
What stands out about Ganguly’s captaincy?
I like his confidence. He backs the guys to do what they feel is right. Sourav being a senior player shows confidence in youngsters; and now with Michael Clarke, it’s more evident for young players to do well.
71.42 Percent of runs scored by the Rajasthan Royals came from Shane Watson’s bat! There has been only one better performance in the IPL. Mumbai Indians’ Sanath Jayasuriya contributed 72.15 percent of his team’s total against the Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2008.
9 Number of catches taken by Steve Smith – the most by any fielder in IPL2012.
7 Number of boundaries (five fours, two sixes) in Pune Warriors India’s innings – least in an innings in IPL 2012. The Chennai Super Kings had also hit only seven boundaries (six fours, one six) against the Mumbai Indians in the very first game of this edition.
7 The Ganguly-Clarke pair was the seventh opening combination used by the Pune Warriors India in IPL 2012 – the most by any side.
6 The Pune Warriors India have now lost six matches on the trot. This is the second time they have suffered a similar fate. In IPL 2011, the Pune Warriors India had lost seven matches on the trot. The Kolkata Knight Riders (nine in IPL 2009) and the Deccan Chargers (seven in IPL 2008) are the only other teams to lose more than six consecutive games. 2 Number of instances when a team did not concede any extras in IPL 2012. The Pune Warriors India did so on both occasions! The earlier instance was against Kings XI Punjab on April 12. Interestingly, PWI lost both matches by an identical margin of 7 wickets.