A breakdown of the questions you voted on will appear here.
Pulse connects you to the
Get closer to the this season by using Pulse while you watch the LIVE matches. Pulse asks you a range of questions relevant to the LIVE action as it unfolds. Your votes will be featured in the telecast in real-time and debated by the commentators, players and stars. If you've got a great question of your own, we'd love to hear it.
DD all-rounder speaks to IPLT20.com following his first IPL match
By Akshay Manwani
Hyderabad 10 May 2012
Andre Russell, the 24-year-old Jamaican cricketer, had a mixed IPL debut when his Delhi Daredevils took on the Deccan Chargers. Although DD, riding on a sparkling century from David Warner, cruised to a nine-wicket win while chasing 187, Russell’s bowling figures of 4-0-39-0 left him feeling disappointed.
iplt20.com caught up the debutant at the end of the match to gauge his views on his performance and the Daredevils’ latest victory. You conceded 187 on this wicket. What was the talk at the halfway stage in the changing room?
It was a good batting wicket; a good batting track. We got back in the dressing room. We were confident. We had the firepower. So we decided to go out there, back ourselves and get the job done.
David Warner batted brilliantly, but young Naman Ojha, who was sent out at No.3, grabbed the opportunity with both hands. What did you make of his innings?
I’m very happy for him. He is a very hardworking guy. Not one day has he said that he will stay back and have a rest day at the hotel. I really admire that about him. It showed that the hard work that he put in [has] paid off.
DD also made a couple of changes in the team for this game and yet pulled off such an impressive win. You must be happy with the depth in the side?
Yes. Every guy in the team has a role to play and can get the job done. We back each other and have confidence in each other. How do you rate your IPL debut?
It didn’t go the way I wanted it to go, because I was looking forward to getting a few wickets and to go for about 10 runs less. But it’s a game of cricket; I bowled some good balls and it went to the boundary. That’s the way it goes.
You flew in from the Caribbean after the ODI series against Australia and played your first game today. Did you find your rhythm while bowling?
I’ve been here from the start of the IPL, but didn’t get a chance. I got a chance today. I’m happy for it and I look forward to winning more games. You have a couple of half-centuries in ODI cricket, including a highest score of 92* against India. Do you consider yourself to be an all-rounder in the Daredevils squad?
Yes. It all depends on how the team needs me. If they need me in the top four or five batsmen, I can go and get the job done. And in the bowling department, I can get a few wickets and bowl a tight line. Even in the field, I can get the job done.
DC captain pegs Kolkata franchise to win it all and talks about his team’s travails
By Akshay Manwani
Hyderabad 10 May 2012
One of the finest wicketkeeper-batsmen the game has ever seen, Kumar Sangakkara has had a difficult IPL 2012. The Sri Lankan cricket legend has had a tough time leading his Deccan Chargers, who have been unable to string together any kind of winning run this season. Sangakkara himself has tried every trick to help reverse the side’s fortunes – from trying several playing combinations to even dropping himself from the side. Yet, despite the mounting losses, Sanga has maintained a brave façade and hopes that his side will end the tournament on a winning note.
IPLT20.com caught up with the affable captain on the eve of his side’s game against the Delhi Daredevils in a chat, which essentially focused on the Deccan Chargers’ season. Sangakkara picked the Kolkata Knight Riders as the team to go the distance based on current form in the competition. It’s been a tough season for the Deccan Chargers. Your thoughts on it?
I think one of the most disappointing aspects of the season has been our catching in the field. I think there were a lot of catches [dropped] in matches that we should have won; that’s cost us a few games. Another thing is that we have been in winning positions in lot of the games, and games that we should have closed out, we really didn’t hold our nerve. So those are things that we continuously need to improve upon, especially our bowling at the death and fielding skills. Bowling, of course, majority of the games we bowled really well; and batting, we had a solid season, but we didn’t deliver in the crunch moments.
Hindsight is a wonderful thing, but isn’t it true that given how Kevin Pietersen played for the Delhi Daredevils, you would have been happier to have him in the side?
We’ve lost [Pragyan] Ojha. We’ve lost Harmeet [Singh Bansal]. We’ve lost KP, and KP is a big cricketer. So is Harmeet. He has done a wonderful job for Deccan and he is very useful on selected tracks. Unfortunately, those are decisions that have been made, but we have enough quality in the side to win. Of course, we need to keep looking for the best Indian players, develop them and help them along. One of the other things that we can do is look for a good bowling coach, who can help the youngsters especially a guy like Veer [Pratap Singh], who is a solid bowler, has great potential to keep improving season-by-season and press for a regular place not only in the Deccan side but in the Indian A and other Indian sides. So, there are a lot of aspects that we need to work on and after this season there is a lot of groundwork that needs to be done in terms of recruitment and skill work.
The unavailability of Ishant Sharma was always going to hurt you. But even Amit Mishra, who is coming off an injury into this tournament, hasn’t been able to repeat his good form from last season?
It is very hard when you have Mishy [Amit Mishra] and Ishant not at their best. But to be fair to Mishy, he has had quite a bit of work done surgery-wise, and it’s been a struggle for him fitness-wise to be at his best. He is a fabulous bowler, especially in the shorter version of the game and we value his presence and his contribution very highly. But unfortunately, with his injuries there is only so much that he can do. So hopefully, by next season, he will be fitter and stronger and back to his best.
But, as I said before, the disappointing thing is, apart from all of that, we were still in a position to win six to seven games off all the games that we played, but ended up winning only two… That’s how the T20 game goes. Once you get into that rut of losing those close games, when you have a bad game like we did last night [against Kings XI Punjab], it just seems a lot worse. In actuality, we played some really good cricket, but failed to deliver at crucial times. Four games left for the Deccan Chargers in the tournament. What is that you hope to achieve despite knowing that there is very little to play for?
The number one thing is to win. That is the most important thing when you play for the franchise because you have to take pride in being a Deccan Charger. How much the franchise looks after you, you have to repay that debt with results on the field and that responsibility is always on us. So, while giving more players opportunity to play, we realistically have to keep building the side towards winning each game. You also made the difficult decision of not playing yourself against the Mumbai Indians earlier in the tournament. Was it a difficult decision?
Yes, it was a difficult decision. You never want to drop yourself because you take pride in being one of the best players in the world. But on a given day, on a given track, if that’s the best decision for the side against an opposition, then that’s the decision you have to take. It’s different when you have a local Indian captain. Then the decision does not come about because you are one of seven. But when you are one of four, and on a track like Mumbai, where you needed to make that change, it was necessary. So, it is hard, but it is necessary because at the end of the day, you are playing for the team, for the franchise. There is no use in looking at the next season’s contract or at anything like that. Rather, you just concentrate on what is necessary at that point. Nearly three-fourth of the competition is over. At this stage, which team stands the best chance of going the distance and winning IPL 2012?
To me, the most balanced sides in this tournament appeared to be Delhi [Daredevils] and Chennai [Super Kings]. Unfortunately, Chennai has had a kind of an up-and-down season. Royal Challengers [Bangalore] have an incredible side as well. Kolkata [Knight Riders] have been playing exceptionally well. I think you have to give credit to the way Gautam [Gambhir] has managed to get those guys to gel together. They have some top quality in that side. I think the most important thing when you look at all these sides is the quality of the local Indian players. Delhi has got Viru [Virender Sehwag], [Ajit] Agarkar, Umesh Yadav, Irfan Pathan. So does Kolkata when you look at Yusuf Pathan, Gautam Gambhir, Manoj Tiwary, [Laxmi Ratan] Shukla. So, if you had to pick one team, which one would it be?