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He smashed a last-ball six to win a humdinger for the Mumbai Indiansat home against the Chennai Super Kingsduring the league stage. He put up a record 163-run opening stand with Sachin Tendulkarto confirm MI’s berth in the playoffs of IPL 2012. But when it mattered most, Dwayne Smith couldn’t quite deliver the goods for his team. Disappointment writ all over his face after MI lost the eliminator to CSK and bowed out of the tournament.
However, in his post-match interview with iplt20.com, Smith said he was hoping to think ahead and start planning for the qualifiers of the 2012 CLT20.
We had a little mix-up, but the life goes on. I am sure he didn’t mind, but I told him sorry about it. I still wish we could have gone and got those runs.
The pressure after losing Sachin
There was no pressure because as long as I stay positive and spend time in the middle, it wouldn’t be a problem for me. I still think we could have got therem, but unfortunately, it didn’t happen. Being the Little Master’s opening partner
Things I can take home are that I have opened the batting with Sachin and it’s good to have a record partnership with him. He gives you confidence along with me being so confident. He really talks to you and makes sure that you don’t do anything wrong. He has played a lot of cricket, so it’s good to get that education from him.
The crushing defeat
It actually went to the final over, but not how we wanted it. I really think we could have pushed them a little more but it didn’t happen. That’s life and the next step for us is the Champions League Twenty20.
Losing the plot
We still had a chance after the Dhoni-Bravo partnership. We had a good start with the bat and were well ahead of them. I think that we didn’t nail our plans correctly and we can’t be upset about it now.
The game-changing moment
First one was when Sachin got out and after a couple of balls I got out, and I think this was the main point with the lot other turning points, which took the game away from us.
Harbhajan Singh the captain
He is aggressive and positive, and hopefully, he can continue from here.
IPL vs CLT20
I don’t think there is much difference; only difference is that you have a lot more teams from around the world. I think it will be more competitive as you play against some of the best in the world and you have youngsters back home who get a chance to play in it and make a name out of it.
Indian madness vs Caribbean carnival
India is more passionate than West Indies and I can’t really put two of them together as Indians love their cricket and there is a lot more noise and you can hardly hear yourself. But I still love playing in West Indies as it is my home.
Former players laud board’s decision to honour them
By Akshay Manwani
Bengaluru 24 May 2012
The Board of Control for Cricket in India continued felicitating former cricketers at the second DLF IPL 2012 playoff game in Bengaluru. After the first round of presentations was made at the first qualifier between the Delhi Daredevils and the Kolkata Knight Riders, the board handed out cheques to another round of cricketers, before the eliminator between the Mumbai Indians and the Chennai Super Kings.
With the spectators at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium cheering cricketing greats from yesteryear, the BCCI honoured Venkatesh Prasad, Roger Binny, Yashpal Sharma, Erapalli Prasanna, Rajesh Chauhan and Arun Lal among others in the second round of presentations. A few of the cricketers spoke to BCCI.tv/IPLT20.com following the felicitation:
It’s the first time cricketers’ services have been recognised by the BCCI. We are especially thankful to the President [Mr. N Srinivasan] and the entire BCCI for honouring the cricketers on the field. It’s a special honour for all the cricketers.
It was very good to hear the news. Everybody [former cricketers] whom I had interacted with was pleased that the BCCI was doing this gesture towards the ex-cricketers. It was a really nice feeling when we heard about this. Venkatesh Prasad:
It’s one of the best things that has happened to a lot of the cricketers. I’m sure it’s not just me, but every single beneficiary would thank the BCCI and Mr. [N] Srinivasan, in particular. It’s a great initiative and it just shows the magnanimity of the person, Mr. Srinivasan, and also the members of the BCCI as well. The payers who have benefited from this scheme deserve it for the simple reason that they’ve contributed so much for the growth of cricket in India. That’s one of the reasons why such a thing has happened – a concept like T20 and also the way it has picked up. It’s only because of the seed that has been sown over the last 30-40 years or so.
The players who played in the ’60s or the ’70s, it has benefitted them hugely. There is no doubt about that. I think the BCCI has been magnanimous enough to say that the cut off is till 2004 because from there onwards a lot of money came into cricket – not just in international cricket, but in domestic cricket as well.
It’s a fantastic gesture by the BCCI. Cricketers have sacrificed so much in their lives; and to be rewarded like this is amazing for the cricketers. All of us appreciate what the BCCI has done for us after toiling for so many years on the cricket field.
All the cricketers share the same sentiments. They are all very happy that the BCCI recognized their services and [decided to] honour them in such a big way.