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After the match, iplt20.com had a brief chat with MI all-rounder James Franklin, who although disappointed, was gracious in defeat. He even hailed the breathtaking partnership between Dhoni and Bravo that took the game away from his team. With the benefit of hindsight, Franklin also admitted the team should’ve done some things differently.
What went wrong with the bowling after a superb start?
CSK was just too good for us. We had a fantastic start by getting two early wickets but they rebuilt fantastically. There is not much you can say about the way MS played, it was something sensational and he is always the guy who steps up on the big stage. We started well with the bat but we lost too many wickets in the middle and like I said CSK was just too good for us today. CSK have always done well in these big, must-win games. Did that play on your minds?
We knew that it was going to be a tough game as they have been the champions for the last two years. They probably thought that they were lucky to be here so they had nothing to lose and they showed what a champion side they are. I wouldn’t be surprised if they reach the final and end up winning the whole thing. They have a lot of big-match players and they showed that today.
With Dhawal Kulkarni and RP Singh swinging the new ball, wouldn’t it have been better to give them one more over each in the beginning?
That is the captain’s judgment. But yes, had we got one more wicket at that stage, we’d have been well and truly into it. Michael Hussey and Badrinath played well and they got CSK into the position where they could launch in the last seven to eight overs. You can look into the game and say that we could have done this, but we got outplayed today. How is it to bowl to Dhoni when he is batting like that?
It is very tough. When someone is getting 50 off 21 balls, it’s impossible to bowl anywhere. Maybe we should’ve have bowled a lot more short balls to him. He dominated us and hit the balls into the crowd. The road ahead for MI is to qualify for the 2012 CLT20. Time to focus on that?
There will be a review amongst the management of the MI in the coming weeks. They will plan out what the best is for the team, and hopefully, we put our best fight there and try and retain our title. Is there a lot of difference between the IPL and CLT20?
IPL is a longer tournament and it’s about peaking at the right time. We got here but missed the final hurdle. Hopefully, we can come back much stronger in the Champions League. In the IPL there is lot more planning as you play the same teams over and over. In a way IPL is a tougher tournament, but we are out of it and we have to focus on the CLT20 now.
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.