Should’ve fought harder: Dwayne Smith

MI opener feels his team could’ve done better than they did against CSK

Bengaluru 24 May 2012
He smashed a last-ball six to win a humdinger for the Mumbai Indians at home against the Chennai Super Kings during the league stage. He put up a record 163-run opening stand with Sachin Tendulkar to 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, Smith said he was hoping to think ahead and start planning for the qualifiers of the 2012 CLT20.

Tendulkar’s run-out

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.
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