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The Chennai Super Kings entered IPL 2012 with high expectations from all quarters. The defending champions, however, lost their status of invincibility and for the first time experienced what it is like to fight for a place in the top four. With two consecutive victories, CSK’s campaign is now back on track. After winning a thriller against the Rajasthan Royals, they returned home and thrashed the table-toppers Delhi Daredevilsby nine wickets – their most comprehensive win in the tournament so far.
After the match, iplt20.com caught up with a man whose fate has been similar to his team’s. Ravindra Jadeja made headlines when he was snapped up for a whopping USD 2 million in the 2012 IPL Players Auction. His performance, however, has not been up to par. Jadeja hopes to take a cue from his team and peak at the right time to help his team defend the IPL title. This is CSK’s biggest win in the tournament so far.
The team is very confident as we won this game pretty easily and players are coming into form. We have to win all the games to keep ourselves in and it’s good for the team that players are getting into their form and performing well.
Is this the toughest season for CSK?
There were a few games in the middle, which we should’ve won, like the ones against MI and KXIP. We would have been through to the playoffs if we would have won them. A ball or two can change the entire picture of the game in this format. Hopefully, we perform well in the coming two matches, and if we do, we are through to the playoffs. Your individual performance has not been up to the mark.
I have not got an opportunity to bat in all the games and play freely. Also in this format, it is very difficult to go and start banging from ball one. If the team is doing well, there cannot be anything better. And in the matches where I have played 10-12 overs, I have performed well. We will look to win our remaining games and get a spot in the playoffs.
With so much money being paid to you, is there pressure on you when you go out on the field?
There is no such pressure, but at the same time, the team has invested so much in you, so you have to give them results. I think I have not got enough chances to bat, and with the bowl, I have performed pretty decently. I think I have not done too badly for the team.
1 Rohit Sharma became the first Indian player, and the ninth overall, to aggregate 3,000 runs in Twenty20s. He has now accumulated 3,002 runs in 120 Twenty20 matches.
1 Kolkata Knight Riders lost their first match after winning six consecutive games. 4 Number of batsmen to score hundreds in IPL 2012. Rohit Sharma joined Ajinkya Rahane (103*), Kevin Pietersen (103*) and David Warner (109*). 25 Number of dot balls faced by Herschelle Gibbs – the most by any batsman in a match in IPL 2012. Kevin Pietersen (DD v DC, April 19) and Rohit Sharma (MI v DC, April 29) had also faced 25 dot balls. 129.03 Yusuf Pathan’s strike-rate in the match – his lowest in an innings of 30 balls or more. 167 Runs added by Herschelle Gibbs and Rohit Sharma for the second wicket without being separated – the third-highest partnership for any wicket in the IPL.