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Hoshedar N. Gundevia in Mumbai 06 April 2012 - 09:27pm IST

I warned Dinesh to stay put: Kartik

Fiery PWI spinner is always up for a challenge

 Always a ferocious competitor, Pune Warriors India spinner Murali Kartik is game for a battle any time. And it was a battle for him in PWI’s opening IPL 2012 encounter against a much-vaunted Mumbai Indians side. The Warriors from Pune did their best with the bat by reaching a modest 129 and then put in a battling display with the ball to restrict and comfortably see off the home side.

Kartik was at the centre of everything positive in Pune’s display and his evening’s work reached a crescendo once he out-foxed Dinesh Karthik to grab his second wicket of the match. A brief send-off to the MI batsman, and the 35-year-old Warrior had done his bit for his side to start with a bang in IPL 2012.

Kartik took some time out to talk to iplt20.com after his impressive performance.

Excerpts:


On upsetting the odds by beating the Mumbai Indians


It’s a long race, a big two months and it is good to start well. We are glad that it has gone off well; the way we started — 27 for 3 — and we came back with 130 and then […] It was a very small step; there is a long way to go.

On whether the team believed they could restrict the mighty MI batting line-up


Absolutely yes, because there was a little bit of spin in the wicket and we’ve got four spinners. Steven Smith didn’t even bowl today, so we had that confidence. They only key was to get to 130, so it was good that we got there.

On their amped up bowling effort


It’s the entire support staff starting from Allan Donald; he has been talking about the attitude with which we go in, and obviously Sourav [Ganguly] has always carried that. Saying from a bowling point of view, it’s important to give that vibe to the opposition that you mean business. Especially in a T20 game because you could get into a defensive mindset and that’s what we are trying to do, and hopefully, we do that every game.

On the aggression after getting Dinesh Karthik out


It was just that the previous ball he ran down [the wicket] and I told him, ‘don’t run down, you’ll get stumped’ and he did that on the fourth ball. So that’s exactly what I told him [after getting him stumped].

On what it’s like to be playing in the IPL


I’ve not been part of the Indian team for the last three years, and the IPL keeps my competitive juices flowing. This is the closest you get to international cricket; just the buzz. The fact that you are out there competing, and I have always been a competitor. County cricket does that for me as well. You are in there day in, day out; it makes a massive difference.

On whether he still hopes for an India call-up


You never know. I still believe and have the confidence that I am still the best left-arm spinner [in India]. I know I am 35, but my hopes are always high. You never know.

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