We’ve played good cricket: Penney

DC fielding coach says team needs a win to get up and running

By IPL Staff
Kolkata 23 April 2012
Deccan Chargers will have yet another opportunity to get some points on the board in IPL 2012 when they go head-to-head against the Kolkata Knight Riders for the second time in three days at the Eden Gardens on April 24. Although the team has lost all their matches in the competition so far, fielding coach Trevor Penney stressed on the fact that the Chargers had played good cricket in the last four of their five losses. Penney believed the Chargers could still make it to the playoffs once they get some momentum in their favour.

Excerpts from Penney’s pre-match interaction with the media.

On what had gone wrong for DC

I think in the last four matches we’ve played good cricket. It’s just that at the big moments we’ve made a mistake either with the bat, the ball or in the field, whether it be a poor over, a dropped catch or not taking on the right bowler at the right time. We feel we’ve played really good cricket in the last four games; the first game we didn’t play that well, fair enough. But the team is still very confident. We’ve had four last-over losses. That’s been [very dispiriting] for the team because we’ve been so close to winning the games. But we still have 11 games and in T20 [the situation] can just turn [around].

On whether DC could still finish in the top four teams

I think we need eight wins and we have 11 games left. Anything is possible. In my first year with Kings XI [Punjab], I think we won 10 games out of 11 after losing the first few. So it’s possible. In T20 when you get on a run, you can definitely do it. As I said, we’ve played good cricket. 95 percent we’ve played well and then five percent we’ve let ourselves down.

On what went wrong in the game against KKR

Maybe we could have scored 15-20 more runs. The last six overs we didn’t capitalise like maybe we could have. But then the wicket was pretty slow and a little bit two-paced. We felt we could defend that score [126] and we were doing well. We made a mistake in the field in the end. It would have been 16 runs off 12 balls with a new batsman coming in. Those little things, that is what I am talking about; the odd [mistake] here and there is costing us games.

On whether the Chargers’ losses are partly to be blamed on changing venues, even when it comes to home games

It’s hard to say. I don’t think so. A lot of the teams are [composed] from different parts of the world anyway, so I don’t feel it’s a definite home ground [advantage]. And if you look at the results, teams aren’t winning at home anyway.

On whether he has had a look at the Eden Gardens wicket

Yes, I’ve just had a look now; it looks like a typical Kolkata wicket. It’s normally pretty nice to bat early on, not much grass. It could be pretty low and slow.

On how the coaching staff was keeping the younger and inexperienced players in the side motivated during this low phase

Just by keeping them confident, saying that we are playing well [and] not talking about the negatives. Obviously, practicing hard, that is the most important thing. If someone is weak in an area, we are practicing hard there so that they can improve whether it is a catching difficulty or a six-hitting problem. That’s easy; the practicing side of things is going really well. When you finish practice, you know you are going to perform the next day. That way we are keeping them up. Darren [Lehmann] is a very positive coach; that’s all he is about. We just need to get our first win and we will be up and running.
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