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David Hussey to captain Kings XI Punjab against Royal Challengers Bangalore
By IPL Staff
Mohali 19 April 2012
Kings XI Punjab captain, Adam Gilchrist, has been ruled out of his team’s next IPL 2012 game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore to be played at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on April 20. Gilchrist had suffered an injury while completing a run during the game against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday night. The injury had forced Gilchrist to retire hurt during the sixth over of his team’s innings, when he was batting on 28. However, he did come out to bat at the fall of the sixth wicket, after which the Australian top-scored with an unbeaten 30-ball 40 in KXIP’s score of 124.
“I won’t be playing tomorrow. I’ve got a slight tear in my hamstring, so that’s going to rule me out for tomorrow. I’ll work with the physiotherapist and we’ll monitor it from there,” Gilchrist told the media ahead of the team’s match against RCB tomorrow.
“I had a scan this morning. We’re waiting on further results, a bit more detailed. It’s a bit vague at the moment. The clarity is that I’ll definitely not be available tomorrow. I’ll obviously update if we find out more news. It’s not a case of hiding anything,” he said.
Gilchrist confirmed at the press conference that David Hussey would lead the franchise on the field in his absence. The Australian also said KXIP had enough firepower to make do without his presence in the side.
“Obviously, any injury to any player, who is in your first eleven, can be frustrating. It is disappointing in that regard. But it does create an opportunity for someone else. We’ve still got many talented players. We’ve got a guy who is rated the best batsman in IPL history in Shaun Marsh. There’s plenty of talent,” Gilchrist said.
Gilchrist’s injury means Azhar Mahmood’s chances of figuring in the playing eleven should increase dramatically. Mahmood had joined the KXIP side before their game against Kolkata, but did not end up featuring in that match. Speaking on the all-rounder’s chances of finally making it to the playing XI, Gilchrist said, “He’s certainly in contention. There is no doubt about it. He’s one of the few options that we could go with. He’s a very well-performed international cricketer, particularly lately in T20. He’ll come under heavy consideration.”
Gilchrist also threw his weight behind the young Indian batsmen in his team, who have come under fire for not performing in the tournament so far.
“They are certainly a talented bunch. It’s a young group. Mandeep [Singh]; Paras Dogra is a guy who is new to this environment by way of actually being on the field. We’re just working hard to getting them to understand that the skills that they have got are more than enough to be successful at this level. That’s the beauty of the IPL – that a little window of opportunity opens up for players and they take it and run with it.”
When asked about KXIP exploiting any particular weakness in RCB’s armoury in tomorrow’s game, Gilchrist said that his team would prefer focusing on their own strengths. “They are a strong all-round team; there is no doubt about that. I don’t think I can sit here and say that there is one area of weakness that we will exploit. They are a very competent team. Our challenge is to just make sure that we do what we can do well. Then we have a chance,” he said.
CSK coach says his team can bounce back despite slow start
By IPL Staff
Chennai 18 April 2012
The Chennai Super Kings have not begun IPL 2012 the way defending champions are expected to. They have managed to win only two out of the five matches they have played so far. The team that was known to be invincible at home in the previous seasons is now struggling to come to terms with the newly-laid track at the Chepauk.
However, ahead of their all-important home game against the Pune Warriors India, CSK coach Stephen Fleming expressed confidence in his team’s ability to bounce back. Here are snippets from his interaction with the media.
On CSK’s slow start in IPL 2012
It’s a case of just getting back into the rhythms of the team. A lot of these players play International cricket and we work hard on getting back together, but we do take time to become consistent. There is no rhyme or reason. We work very hard when we get together. We have good memories to come back to. It’s just confidence and getting across the line. To be honest, we have been below par to start the tournament. We would like to slowly come back. It doesn’t happen by accident to turnaround. The beauty of this tournament is [that] it’s really close. No one’s really grabbed the bull by the horns just yet and grabbed the lead. We take heart from that, and trust me, we are very determined to win tomorrow and [will] try and string two or three [wins] together.
On Murali Vijay’s poor form and possibilities of a replacement
There are [such] possibilities when players aren’t doing as well as we they would like to. We like to be consistent with our selections. But certainly when a player doesn’t find the form he likes, it certainly comes up for discussion.
On MS Dhoni’s hamstring injury
I think it’s fine. We expect him to play a full part in tomorrow’s game.
On his challenges as a coach
There are performances a coach can’t control but you can share ups and downs and ride it with the fielders. I take a lot of personal pride in being a past player that can show some sympathy for what the players are going through. I guess that’s part of my coaching style. I breathe every ball, and right now, we are breathing pretty hard. On home field advantage and adjusting to the new Chepauk wicket
I thought we rectified it quite well chasing 200 in the last game. That wicket was a lot different than in the first game. That learning hasn’t stopped. I think we are playing on the same track tomorrow. We have got a bit more knowledge than when we started out.
On R Ashwin’s role
It’s interesting. We love him taking wickets, but unfortunately, at the other end we are going for too many runs. We need one of the fast bowlers to apply some pressure and Ashwin can get back to taking wickets. At the moment, we are using him to check the run-rate and that’s not making the most use of his talent.
On Abhinav Mukund’s fitness
He’s coming back. He’s having a few balls and he’s pretty much close to 100 percent. So he comes back into the selection discussion. He shares a spot with a number of good cricketers […] Srikkanth [Anirudha] is there as well […] [and Wriddhiman] Saha. It’s about balancing our resources.
On the fatigue factor
It’s always been a good challenge of the IPL that you don’t get the luxury to recover. It’s one of the beautiful quirks of the tournament. It’s tough on the players, but every team goes through it. I think Pune [Warriors India] is in the middle of it. They had a tough game last night; [it will be a] tough game with us. So if they have a little bit of fatigue, hopefully we can expose it.