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KXIP captain-coach not fully fit ahead of home tie against DC
By IPL Staff
Mohali 13 May 2012
TheKings XI Punjabwill take on the Deccan Chargersin their last match at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium tomorrow. Ahead of the match, Adam Gilchrist addressed the media here and spoke about the game tomorrow. The veteran cricketer also said that he will be unavailable to play the game.
Excerpts from his media interaction:
On the match tomorrow
It is a big tie [...]. It is nice to be in contention [for a place in the playoffs] still. All the team are aware how important each game [is].
On the level of intensity in tomorrow’s game
I think we are playing with that [high] intensity and intention [to win] throughout the tournament because if you let one [game] slip early, you can’t guarantee that you will [be able to] make it up later. [We have been] trying to put in that extra effort all the way through and try to win the hard effort award. On whether he is playing tomorrow against DC
No. I am not playing tomorrow unfortunately. I was hoping to be alright, but that is not the case, so I will be missing the game tomorrow.
On whether their record at home is a concern
I think I am reasonably accurate in saying that a number of teams have had a similar record [as us] in games home and away. I think it’s more the nature of Twenty20 and the timeline between the success and loss. So I don’t harbor any doubts of us playing [well] here. It’s a case of a fresh start, at the start of the game no matter what the venue is. I certainly don’t see any issue with the wicket in relation to our team balance. With the sort of cricket that we play, it is not a problem. Having played well enough in a couple of the home games that we played, we played well enough to win one and probably played well enough to win another one. A little ten minute slip at the end cost us, so nothing to worry about.
DC skipper says his side has not done well in closing stages of games either
By IPL Staff
Mohali 13 May 2012
Languishing at the bottom of the points table, the Deccan Chargerswill be hoping to get a couple of wins under their belt to end the season on a positive note. DC will take on Kings XI Punjab in their last away game of IPL 2012 at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here tomorrow. Speaking to the media ahead of the match, skipper Kumar Sangakkaradiscussed his team’s run in the tournament so far. Excerpts from his press conference:
On the way the tournament has panned out for DC
We have learnt quite a few lessons this season about our fielding and our catching, which has let us down in big moments and also about making sure [that] we are up to the mark and focused on exactly what to do in tight situations. In T20 cricket, it is not easy [to win in tight situations]. A lot of sides have lost close games, especially coming down to the last over or two, and those are the situations that really count. We have been found wanting in those situations. So tomorrow is another opportunity for us to show that if you do get to situations of strength, then we can capitalize.
On luck not being on their side
It’s not only about luck. If you do the right things, then you need just luck more than you would if you are not doing that well. So luck is something that the harder you work and the better you do, luck works for you. So sometimes luck can be an excuse, [but] that’s not something that we are looking to have gone wrong for us.
On whether they would like to capitalize on KXIP not doing well in home games
Hopefully. I think they have played some very good cricket. They are a good solid side; [they have] good all-round abilities, so we know what they are capable of [winning]. It’s never going to be an easy game with Kings [XI Punjab]. They showed us [that] when they played against us in Hyderabad as well. We will really need to be on the top of our game tomorrow.
On giving opportunities to other players
We will be looking at that very strongly. Lot of the young Indian players have got opportunities throughout the series. We have had them coming in and out of the side, and we are looking at giving some of the other foreign players a go as well.