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A live wire off the field and on it, Mumbai Indians’ Davy Jacobs’ enthusiasm rubs off on those around him. The South African wicketkeeper-batsman is a busy fielder, and keeps pepping up those around him with his enthusiasm even in practice games and training sessions.
In an interview with iplt20.com, Davy spoke about living his dream of being part of the Harbhajan Singh-led side and adding the IPL trophy to his cabinet.
Excerpts of his interview with iplt20.com:
On being back in MI after missing most of CLT20 2011
I feel very good. In Champions League T20  I got to play only one match and got injured and had an operation five months ago. [And had to go through] five long months of rehabilitation for three hours a day. It is a lot of work but I needed to get back to full fitness, and they said [it would take] maybe even six or seven or eight months [for] recovery. I had only five [months] because I wanted to be part of this competition. I broke my thumb early in IPL 4, hurt my hip after one game in Champions League T20.
So, a lot had gone wrong, but I believe things happen for a reason. I am a lot stronger physically and mentally now than I have ever been. I have gone through tough times and now I am just here to give 100 percent and committed to this cause. We have won the Champions League T20 and we just need IPL 5 now. It’s another trophy I would like [to add to my silverware]. Basically, I have won every trophy possible from my domestic stuff to Champions League T20 so the only thing left for me is the IPL trophy. I have even won Hong Kong sixes and everything, so basically IPL is what I want.
On his star-studded team’s prospects in IPL 2012
For me MI is always like the Real Madrid of the IPL – star-studded and a lot of depth as well. We had a lot of problem during CLT20 with a lot of injuries. We won’t have that problem again and I think it’s great that we have found so many players internationally and local players to have a strong squad, because you needed a strong squad in such a long competition. Competition [within the team] is a wonderful thing; competition in a good way, where you push yourself and make each other better [players]. You are not competing for places in my eyes, because I believe there is room for everyone in this world to live their dream. So we can just better each other and help each other [and] we can win this IPL.
On MI having other wicketkeepers like Dinesh Karthik, Sushant Marathe and Aditya Tare
I think it is great because it is easy to work as a group. We have got 10-12 fast bowlers and loads of opening and middle-order batsmen, spinners and wicketkeepers. Those groups almost form a bond. Like when you are talking about keeping now, when we practice wicketkeeping, there are four or five of us and we feed off each other and it is good energy, it is positive. If it is just you and the coach, you and one other guy, you may say you help each other; but now we are more, and the more the merrier I would say. It is good to drive each other and push each other and whoever is keeping or opening the bowling, batting or whatever is happening, everybody is in this together.
On his wicketkeeping journey
I have always been a wicketkeeper, started as a youngster and I have always batted and kept wickets. I did bowl at school a little bit in between but, everybody bowls at school. But the wicketkeeper thing, I have always enjoyed it because you are always involved. You are involved in the field and in the action and all that, and I think it helps your batting as well. But I might not even keep [wickets] when I play in the IPL. We have got Dinesh [Karthik] as well. If I play, he might keep wickets because I am a good fielder as well and I love fielding just as much as I like keeping. So, I might actually be taken under Jonty’s [Rhodes] wing and just work more on my fielding because my fielding is quite sharp as well and I do love that.
On the South Africans in MI
I can’t really ask for a lot more. Mumbai has always been my favourite franchise. I remember the first season watching Sanath [Jayasuriya] and Sachin walk out to bat and thought to myself I want to be a part of this. It is my favourite franchise, blue is my favourite colour. There are a few South Africans here [...] Jonty as a fielder, Polly [Shaun Pollock], his whole family is unbelievable. The players you have got, like the South Africans as well, Herschelle [Gibbs] and those guys. I just think it is wonderful I have been working a lot like I said, with Jonty and fielding and all that and keeping as well. [Practicing] hitting with Polly [...]. It’s my favourite city away from home as well, so nothing more that I would really ask for.
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.