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CSK off-spinner says Badrinath’s attacking innings made a big difference against MI
By Akshay Manwani
Bengaluru 24 May 2012
Chennai Super Kingsdelivered 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 iplt20.com 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.
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.