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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.
Legend advises kids to enjoy the game, chase their dreams
By IPL desk
Mirpur 16 March 2012
Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar finally scored his landmark hundredth international century, awaited by fans, experts and the cricketing fraternity, in the fourth match of the Asia Cup against Bangladesh. The 38-year-old spoke to Ramiz Raja in a TV interview after his 147-ball 114. Excerpts from the mid-innings interview
On the momentous century
It’s slightly tough knowing that I started off the season batting reasonably well. In Australia, at times I felt luckless. It doesn’t matter how many hundreds you score; you still have to put your head down and grind it out and do the job for the team.
On whether he was thinking about the milestone in the lead-up to it
I was not, to be honest. Precisely a year ago, when I got my 99th hundred, no one spoke [about the impending landmark] during the World Cup. And then it was the media, I guess, who started all this. Everywhere, wherever I went ¬– at restaurants, the [hotel] housekeeping, room service – all were just talking about the hundredth hundred. And it became a little difficult mentally because I am not just playing for my hundredth hundred. The 99th hundred that I scored, nobody spoke about that. Everyone has their opinion but eventually I had to do what was important for the team.
On what was going through his mind batting in the 80s and 90s
It was slightly different because I felt the ball wasn’t coming on to the bat and when I was talking to Virat [Kohli], he was also [saying] the same [thing]. The total that we had in mind was about 275-280; if we could get to that total, then that would be a good [score]. I didn’t bat much in the last match but what Virat had to say was that the wicket was a bit slower than the last one.
On his achievement
It hasn’t sunk in, but I definitely lost about 50 kilos. On being asked to send a message to kids who want to emulate him
Enjoy the game and chase your dreams; I think dreams do come true. I had to wait for 22 years to win the World Cup. Don’t stop chasing your dream.