KKR is the team to beat: White

Deccan Chargers batsman says Kolkata Knight Riders are the strongest team in playoffs

By Akshay Manwani
Hyderabad 20 May 2012
The Deccan Chargers earned the tag of spoilers having eliminated another team from IPL 2012. They beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore by nine runs in their final league outing to bring an end to the Bengaluru franchise’s hopes of qualifying for the playoffs. JP Duminy, who struck a 53-ball 74, and Dale Steyn, who finished with bowling figures of 4-0-8-3, were the stars of DC’s win. This result also helped the Chargers escape the ignominy of finishing with the wooden spoon, as they edged past the Pune Warriors India on the points table.

Cameron White, one of the most consistent performers for the Chargers in the tournament, spoke to  following his team’s victory.

It must be satisfying to knock two teams out even though you didn’t qualify

Yes, that’s right. It is a nice way for us to finish off the tournament. We got a couple of wins at home for the fans, which is good [and] so it is a nice way to finish.

Dale Steyn bowled phenomenally well today with four overs for eight runs and three wickets. What do you have to say about that?

[He has bowled well] not this game, but the whole tournament. What about Dale Steyn versus Chris Gayle? It’s as good as it gets. Dale has been fantastic in the last two games. Basically, he has been a big part in us winning those two games. That’s why he is the best in the world, isn’t it?

JP Duminy played well today. One just got the feeling that he should have got more opportunities in the tournament. What do you think?

I think it’s just the make up in the team. JP is a fantastic player and he showed that today and throughout the tournament. I guess Twenty20 is a difficult one sometimes in trying to find the right mix. You can make your opinion about that, I guess.

You, Shikhar Dhawan and Dale Steyn were consistently good for DC in this tournament. Besides that, what are some of the other positives for the team in IPL 2012?

I think we are such a young team. The experience of 16 IPL matches is going to be really big for the young and the local players. Akshat Reddy, in last couple of games, has been good. So, getting some games for the younger players is going to be good for the team for the future tournaments.

DD, KKR, MI and CSK have qualified for the playoffs. If I had to put you on spot, which team will go the distance?

I think KKR. The wickets have been pretty used now and there are some games in Chennai. That will suit them. I think KKR with their spinners is the team to beat.

Where do you go from here?

I am home for about two weeks and then off to county cricket. [I’m playing] T20 there for Northamptonshire.
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