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Debutant says bowlers set up the win for Deccan Chargers
By Akshay Manwani
Hyderabad 19 May 2012
Chris Lynn, the 22-year-old from Australia, is a happy man today. Not only did Lynn get to make his IPL debut against the Rajasthan Royals, but his team, the Deccan Chargers, were able to pull off just their third win of IPL 2012 today. In doing so, the Chargers also managed to bring to an end to RR’s playoff aspirations as theRahul Dravid-led franchise needed a win to stay alive in the competition. Lynn spoke to iplt20.com following his team’s victory.
It must be feeling good to get a win after a long time?
Yes. It was a long time coming. We’ve played really good cricket in the last few weeks. It’s just one or two moments in the game where we haven’t executed and that has cost us games. That sums up our season.
Would it be fair to say that your bowlers set up the win for you today?
Yes, they did. They bowled really well. Dale [Steyn] bowled really well up front, and then, Amit Mishra came in and took a couple of key wickets, which we really needed. It was your IPL debut today. How was the experience?
I was really nervous, to tell you the truth. You try and prepare for it like you are playing every game. It was good to have a run around with the boys, but more importantly, it’s good to have a win.
How was it facing Shaun Tait on a slower Indian track, like the wicket here, compared to Australian tracks?
Actually, it was the first time I ever faced him. He bowls a heavy ball, but that’s cricket. You’ve got to face fast bowlers around the world otherwise you are not going to play international cricket and that’s what I am trying to do.
How much did you learn from your interaction with the cricketers from various countries who represent the Chargers?
I’ve been learning every day. It’s not just about cricket. It’s off the field as well – how professional they are. It’s been a great opportunity for me to learn from them, and hopefully, I can come out a better cricketer and a better person. You ruined RR’s chances of making it to the playoffs. You think you can do the same to the Royal Challengers Bangalore in your final game on Sunday?
We’re just trying to play the best cricket we can. Obviously, the opportunity is going to come up next year and players are looking to perform. But in saying that, we’re going to play as a team. If we can win, we can win. It’s a game and we are just trying to enjoy it.
3 Chris Gayle became the first batsman to score three hundreds in IPL, moving ahead of Adam Gilchrist and David Warner who have scored two hundreds each.
12 Number of Man-of-the-Match awards won by Gayle – the most by any player in IPL. He moved ahead of Yusuf Pathan’s tally of 11 awards
13 Number of sixes hit by Gayle, equaling the IPL record for most sixes in a match. Kolkata Knight Riders’ Brendon McCullum had also hit 13 sixes, against Royal Challengers Bangalore, in the first ever IPL match in 2008.
57 Number of sixes hit by Gayle in IPL 2012 – the most by any batsman in a single edition of IPL. Gayle bettered his own record of 44 sixes in 2011.
127 Number of sixes hit by Gayle in IPL, by far the most by any batsman. The nearest to him is Suresh Raina with 91 sixes in 78 matches
128* Gayle’s score is the second highest score in IPL after Brendon McCullum’s 158*.
204 Runs added by Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli, the second highest partnership in Twenty20 cricket after the 206-run stand between Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh for Kings XI Punjab against Royal Challengers Bangalore at Dharamsala in 2011.
215 Royal Challengers Bangalore’s total – the highest total in IPL 2012. It was also the highest for RCB in all IPL games.
706 Runs scored by Gayle in IPL 2012 – the most by any batsman in a single edition of IPL. He surpassed Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 618 runs in the 2010 edition.