No home advantage in T20s: Rahul Sharma

PWI spinner says RCB simply outplayed his team on the day

By Hoshedar N. Gundevia
Pune 12 May 2012
It’s been a rather long IPL season for the eighth-place Pune Warriors India. Their slide has been somewhat of a shock for their fans as well as the team itself. A 35-run loss against the Royal Challengers Bangalore makes it a draining seventh consecutive defeat for PWI. But all is not lost for the Pune franchise. A side filled with youth can only improve over time and the Warriors have at least that on their side. Leg-spinner Rahul Sharma is part of that group that hopes to make PWI an IPL force in the near future. The lanky spinner has failed to earn a permanent spot in the playing XI, but his will to help the team improve is evident. 

The Warriors leggie took some time out for a brief chat with where he stressed on the need to improve in all departments. 


Is PWI’s poor home form the reason behind their current position? 

You can’t say which team is better in this [Twenty20] format. Whoever plays well, wins the match regardless of an away or a home game. They [RCB] played better today and won the game.

What areas do the Warriors need to improve?

Sometimes our batting is not good enough, and at times [it’s] our bowling. We are giving 20 runs in a couple of overs, which is causing a lot of problems. If we work on that, we will win more matches.

What was it like to play under Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy? 

It was a different experience as every captain is not the same. It was good to play under him.

Did you have any special plans while bowling to Chris Gayle? 

I planned for four days on how to bowl to him and I did pretty well today. He is the only batsman who can hit any bowler, and it’s not a big thing for him to hit five sixes in an over. 

What do you think about Steve Smith’s captaincy?

He is a very young captain and has captained the Sydney Sixers to Big Bash [League] glory.  
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