Ramesh Powar is back with the Kings XI Punjab this year, after playing for the Kochi Tuskers Kerala in IPL 2011. The Mohali franchise bought the Mumbai off-spinner for USD 160,000 at the IPL Player Auction 2012. The 33-year-old spoke to iplt20.com in an exclusive interview where he revealed what it takes to succeed in the fast-paced world of Twenty20 cricket.
Excerpts from the interview withiplt20.com
On his preparations for IPL 2012
It’s going well. I’ve been training for the last month or so. I’ve been playing some domestic cricket, which went well. And I’ll carry that confidence into the IPL.
On the KXIP setup
I’ve played for Kings XI Punjab for three years. And I think there are a lot of good people around, good cricketers, good management and a good coaching staff. So it happens sometimes, you play well on some days and not so good on some days. It’s part of the game.
On his role with KXIP
My role as a spinner is to get wickets. I think if in four overs you can get three opposition wickets, then that can help the team a lot.
On the role of coaches in the Twenty20 format
Whatever cricket I’ve played it did help me because it changed my perspective of playing Twenty20. It is not just that you go and bowl to your ability; you have to understand the situation through the coaching staff.
On Paul Valthaty who did well in IPL 2011
He did really well last year. Despite his inexperience at this level he got so many runs playing against international bowlers. I would like Paul to concentrate on consistency. That’ll help him go forward.
On teaming up with Muttiah Muralitharan last season
My expectation was to learn from him. But I didn’t, because I don’t think I can learn from him technically – we have such different actions. He didn’t play a lot of games; but basically his attitude was great. I learned that you can’t crib about not playing. You just go out there and practice hard. It is always about confidence, if you are performing well in the domestic circuit it helps you to perform in the IPL. I don’t want to get bogged down; I’ll just do my job.
On what it takes to win the IPL
Look at what Rajasthan Royals did in the first season. You need a player with a good temperament and not just big-name players. Teams require big players, but if your players are consistent then that is good as well.