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Injured KXIP skipper says his team’s stand-in captain has done a good job so far
By IPL Staff
Bengaluru 01 May 2012
Kings XI Punjab are high on confidence after pulling off a thrilling victory at Chepauk against the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings. It was a morale boost that will hold them in good stead as they take on another strong team – the Royal Challengers Bangalore – in their own backyard.
In the pre-match presser, KXIP’s injured captain-cum-mentor Adam Gilchrist credited the team for putting their best foot forward against some of the stronger teams in the competition, and had words of praise for David Hussey, who is leading the team in his absence.
On whether Ryan Harris will play the game
He surely gives us a lot more options, but we’re not sure whether or not he’ll play tomorrow. I’ve had a look at the wicket and it looks pretty sporting now. But there’s still 24 hours to go for the match and a lot can happen in that time. Harris did a good job for us last year, and so, he definitely gives us something to think about.
On David Hussey’s captaincy
I’m very impressed with what he has done. He’s led the team well and is very keen to perform. We work very closely in that regards and continue to talk through things even during a match. He’s had some good victories and a couple of near misses. Overall, he’s done a great job, and I don’t see anything negative in what he’s done so far. On the practice wickets at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium
The practice wickets here are very similar to the track in the centre. That is not often the case at any ground around the world. It’s terrific to have that quality of practice in what I think will be very much the match situation. That’s credit to the ground staff here.
On Paul Valthaty’s poor form
We all saw last year the skills he possesses. Unfortunately, it didn’t start that way this year for him. After five games, he himself knew he wasn’t producing the performance, which was also due to the wrist niggle. But he’s still there in our plans, and like everyone in the side who’s not playing, he’s working hard to get back into the playing XI. As of now, he won’t be playing tomorrow. On Shaun Marsh
I think he’s a guy who enjoys the carefree approach of T20 cricket. But I think he’s a class player in all formats. There are a certain things he needs to work on in order to get back into the [Australian] national team and he’s totally aware of that. It’s no secret that he’s had some technical issues this summer and he’s keen to work on them. But for the moment, he’s enjoying the more relaxed atmosphere that is T20 cricket, while still being very committed to doing well. On the morale of the team after beating strong teams like Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings
These are tough little secrets of the game – if you look at the draw, we’ve had back-to-back games against Mumbai [Indians], then we went to Chennai and now we play RCB on their home ground. These are the teams that have consistently done well in all tournaments they’ve played in.
We’re thrilled that we can not only perform up to their standard, but also take points off them. The pleasing factor for me is that even if we’ve lost games, I’ve never seen the boys totally deflated saying “no no, there’s no way we can beat them”. They’re very sure that provided we look after ourselves and do what we’re capable of, we’ll stand among the best. That’s the challenge in a tournament like this where you can get into a hole of defeat at times and you need to hold that middle ground to be balanced. On the most dangerous player in the RCB line-up
There’s one obvious one who opens their batting, but I really believe they have a number of batsmen who can take the game away from you. Virat Kohli, I think, is on the course to being one of the best players in the world in all forms of cricket. He hasn’t yet achieved the results he would be looking for in this IPL so far and will be very keen to perform. There are also some very skilful world-class bowlers in there, and they stuck up very well on paper. In fact, we chose not to look at their individual players in our team meeting because it was turning out to be a bit of a horror story. They’ve got star-studded line-up; some big names with bat and ball. We’re very aware of that. Hopefully, we have learnt from the mistakes we made against them in Mohali.
The Deccan Chargers lie at the bottom of the table with a solitary win after playing half their quota of 16 league matches. They are now faced with a situation where they need to win almost every one of their remaining eight matches to stay in contention for a place in the playoffs. Despite being bowled out for 100 in their previous game against the Mumbai Indians, DC did well to take the contest into the 19th over. They will be pitted against the Pune Warriors India in Match 42 of DLF IPL 2012 and will aim to put up a significantly better show than they did in Mumbai on Sunday.
It will be revenge time for Ganguly and co., who lost to the Deccan Chargers before their four-day break. PWI have won four out of their nine matches and are placed seventh in the nine-team table. When
Tuesday, May 1, 2012, 04:00 p.m.
Barabati Stadium, Cuttack
The Deccan Chargers aren’t blessed with too many match-winners in their ranks, and hence it is important that the experienced players in their line-up – Cameron White, JP Duminy and Shikhar Dhawan – do the bulk of the scoring. Kumar Sangakkara – the regular DC skipper – kept himself out on the sidelines in the previous match, and if he is back in the playing XI, it will be important for him to find form.
Despite having a low to total to defend in their match against the Mumbai Indians, the Deccan Chargers gave their opponents a run for the money – and that was primarily because of a fiery bowling spell by Dale Steyn. The South African clocked speeds in excess of 140 kmph consistently, bowled a probing line and got the ball to swing away late. His bowling figures of two for 10 in four overs are the most economical completed spell this season.
The Pune Warriors India have had a problem with momentum and consistency at the top of the innings. The explosive Jesse Ryder has blown hot and cold this season, while Robin Uthappa has scored runs every time he has walked out to bat, but hasn’t been able to step on the accelerator when required.
Keep an eye on PWI’s overseas line-up too; Australian captain, Michael Clarke, will make his first appearance in the IPL, and it will be interesting to see if the PWI management decides to give him a game.
The Deccan Chargers will be upbeat heading into this contest against the Pune Warriors India. The two teams have clashed three times so far, and DC have won two of those games, including the match in Pune earlier this season – which is their only win in IPL 2012 so far.
Michael Clarke, who has joined the Pune Warriors India, hasn’t played a Twenty20 match since October 2010.
Pune Warriors India’s Alfonso Thomas is the second-highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 cricket. He has taken 159 wickets and is second only to Dirk Nannes.
The Deccan Chargers’ next fixture will be against the defending champions, Chennai Super Kings, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on May 4. The Pune Warriors India will square off against their neighbours, the Mumbai Indians, at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune on May 3.