Badri’s knock set it up for us: Ashwin

CSK off-spinner says Badrinath’s attacking innings made a big difference against MI

By Akshay Manwani
Bengaluru 24 May 2012
Chennai Super Kings delivered the goods yet again in a do-or-die encounter. Needing three successive wins to be the first team to win a historic three IPL titles on the trot, CSK finished one-third of the task by beating the Mumbai Indians in the eliminator of the IPL 2012 playoffs.

R Ashwin spoke to after CSK’s dominating win, which brought an end to MI’s run in IPL 2012.

What was the feeling in the dugout when Dhawal Kulkarni got those two early wickets?

We were a bit nervous obviously; we were two for one. But we had Badri [S Badrinath] doing this job time and again, and he did it today as well. I think more than anybody else Badri stood up along with [Michael] Hussey and they set the innings up for us.

Hussey said yesterday that CSK will just have to see off the new ball while losing as few wickets as possible. He also said that the Bengaluru wicket allows batsmen to catch up after they’ve seen off the new ball. He turned out to be correct?

Hussey might have taken a little bit of a cautious step because at two for one we didn’t have any other choice. [Thereafter] Badri really went after the bowling. He was counterattacking all throughout the game. It was his innings, which set the game up for us and we got a big score from there.

What is with MS Dhoni that he is able to come good in all these tough situations?

To be very frank, we have been quite poor this year and to get a backdoor entry itself is a momentum game for us. We had nothing to lose .We were the team that was coming in with a loss in the last league game. We just had to go out there, express ourselves and we did that.

MI didn’t play Munaf Patel. They played Dhawal Kulkarni instead, who fired initially but went for plenty at the end. Do you think Munaf’s experience would have made the difference?

Frankly speaking, this game can be a harsh game. The bowlers can go for runs and probably can bowl as well up front. At two for one, everybody would have called it a great call to play Dhawal. Dhawal has been a good bowler in the domestic arena and has done quite well for himself to actually gain a place here. But when MS and [Dwayne] Bravo are going well, it’s not just Dhawal, anybody can go into pieces.

The last two games of the tournament will now be played in Chennai. Do you think you have the advantage as the action shifts to a wicket where the ball turns?

I don’t know quite about the turn, but it is definitely getting to where it was when we actually owned the entire patch and we are also getting there. We actually need one more good momentum break to get into the finals. Hopefully, it will be about keeping the momentum.
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