We gave away 20 extra runs: Parthiv

DC wicketkeeper-batsman says his team failed to convert another promising start

By Akshay Manwani
Hyderabad 09 May 2012
The Deccan Chargers, who were playing for the first time this season in Hyderabad, suffered yet another loss in IPL 2012. They crashed to a 25-run defeat against Kings XI Punjab. After allowing KXIP to post a mammoth 170 for five in 20 overs, some ordinary batting by the hosts cost them another game at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Uppal. caught up with DC’s wicketkeeper-batsman, Parthiv Patel, at the end of the match to get his views on the loss.

You were well placed with 70 for two after 10 overs. But those two wickets by David Hussey in the 11th over changed the course of the game.

It did. But that’s been the story so far for us in the tournament. We have been well placed around 10 to 15 overs, but haven’t done well after that.
We haven’t finished our games well, and it was the same today.

This was the first match at this venue. What did you make of this wicket?

It was pretty good initially, but it got uneven in the second innings. But you can’t blame it on the wicket. We gave away 20 runs more.

Praveen Kumar bowled exceptionally well up front for KXIP, but tell us something about Parvinder Awana – he knocked you over today.

He has been pretty good. He has got wickets in first-class as well this season. We have played against each other a few times and he has carried his form to the IPL.

How does the team keep itself motivated when you haven’t done really well in the tournament?

It’s tough. But I think management is doing a good job in keeping us together.

You are the specialist wicketkeeper in the side. Have you given any tips to Kumar Sangakkara?

No, no [Laughs]. Sanga [Sangakkara] has been giving me tips about keeping and it has been great learning from him. He is a legend of the game. Hopefully, I can implement those things next year as well.

Four more games left in the tournament for you. What is it that the team is looking to achieve?

Probably try and win all four games; that has to be the first thing. After that, [we need to] look to the next season.
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