Playing his second season for the Mumbai Indians, Tirumalsetti Suman hopes to contribute with the bat and the ball as the team begins their IPL 2012 campaign. The stroke-maker from Hyderabad spoke to iplt20.com about his teammates and being part of Sachin Tendulkar’s side.
Excerpts from his brief chat:
On having a few of his Deccan Chargers teammates in the Mumbai Indians squad After the auction we realised that five of them are here at MI. I am really happy because we have spent really good moments together. We have won the second edition of IPL [for Deccan Chargers] together. We know our strengths and weakness so it will be nice to play together again.
On having his state mate Ambati Rayudu in the MI team
In fact, Rayudu, [Pragyan] Ojha and I belong to the same state [Hyderabad]. We played first-class cricket and we have also played junior level cricket from the Under-13 stage together. We share a great understanding and gel well. We know each other’s strengths and weakness. Even on the field we can just go and talk to each other about our game, so it is always an advantage.
On being part of the star-studded MI line-up
It feels great to be part of the Mumbai Indians team. I feel performing for the team and winning matches is what counts.
On MI’s drills and training sessions
There is nothing different as such, but the intensity with which we train as a team is what is different. We have got great support staff including Robin Singh, Jonty Rhodes and Shaun Pollock so we conduct [our sessions] with great intensity. Jonty doesn’t make us do very long fielding sessions but our short sessions are very intense, like our matches would be. Robin Sir is also working very hard on us, and [on] my batting, and it has been great.
On fielding practice with Jonty
He takes the wicketkeepers’ sessions separately. He does a lot of agility work and anticipation work that deals with the areas fielders should focus on. On working on his off-spin with Harbhajan Singh
Not just Harbhajan Singh – Maninder Singh Sir has also been part of the camp and is helping me a lot in my bowling department. It is always an advantage to bowl apart from batting. I can bowl and pick up one or two wickets and bowl tight overs in between, so I am focussed [on my all-round game] On Sachin Tendulkar’s hundredth international ton
It is a very great achievement and I feel it is a milestone that probably no other cricketer can achieve. I feel really great and honoured to be sharing the dressing room with a person like him.