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MI spinner looking forward to playing in familiar territory
By IPL Staff
Vizag 08 April 2012
Mumbai Indians have had an up-and-down start to DLF IPL 2012. After vanquishing the Chennai Super Kings by a convincing eight-wicket margin in the opening game, the Mumbai franchise lost its next encounter to the Pune Warriors India by 28 runs. They now take on the Deccan Chargers in an attempt to get back to their winning ways. MI’s Pragyan Ojha, who has played in both the games so far, caught up with the media before the match against his former team tomorrow.
Excerpts from his interaction:
On coming back to Vizag
I have played a lot of cricket here [in Andhra Pradesh]. Right from Under-15, I have been playing here. It’s a great feeling to be back. On Sachin Tendulkar’s injury
I think he is recovering very well. The way things are looking, management will take a call tomorrow. Most likely he is going to play. The response is very positive, and we are hopeful that he will play this game.
On the Deccan Chargers
I think it’s very important that you don’t take any team for granted. Deccan Chargers are a very good side. I was part of them for the past four years. I know the side. They are very talented. As a professional, I believe we shouldn’t be taking it easy. We should give it our best and see that we have a good game. On playing for the Mumbai Indians
Playing for Mumbai [Indians], it is a very good side. When I see myself playing for Mumbai Indians, it really motivates me a lot. When you play for a side that has so many match-winners, it really encourages you. The way the guys are playing, I would love to be a part of them and win games for them. On the Vizag wicket
From what I saw [from the match last night], it was turning and holding up a bit. Definitely, it is encouraging for all the spinners who are playing here tomorrow. I am looking forward to it. On the mood in the camp after the loss against PWI
It’s in the initial stages [of the tournament]. In a way, it has made us more focussed. I believe that with the team we have, we should do really well in this tournament. On what advice he would give Harbhajan Singh should the MI captain win the toss
I personally feel it would be good if we bat first. But he [Harbhajan] has a lot of experience behind him, he has seen a lot of wickets in India and he is the best person to make the decision.
After fulfilling their national commitments, Mahela Jayawadene and Kevin Pietersen are all set to join the Delhi Daredevils squad for IPL 2012. An official press release mentioned that Delhi Daredevils’ vice-captain Jayawardene and explosive Pietersen arrived from Colombo today, a day after playing in the Test series in Sri Lanka in which they headed the batting averages for Sri Lanka and England respectively.
“I am looking forward to a good season with the team,” Jayawardene told delhidaredevils.com. “It will be wonderful working with some wonderful cricketers with so much collective experience. T. A. Sekar [the team mentor] had been telling me for a while before the auction that he was keen for me to turn out for Delhi Daredevils. I am hoping to do my best.
“I know the Delhi Daredevils fans would have liked the Colombo Test to end in three or four days so that we could play last night’s game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. But KP [Pietersen] and I had other ideas,” he said, with his trademark smile.
Jayawardene and Pietersen both got hundreds in the first innings of that Test match.
Pietersen, who was with Jayawardene at the Panasonic Cheer-a-thon at Select City Walk here, told delhidaredevils.com that he is eager to contribute to the Delhi Daredevils. “I know we have a good unit, and am happy that we got off to a good start in Kolkata,” he said. “I am looking forward to spending some time with young cricketers in Delhi.”
Pietersen was also happy to hear that pacer Umesh Yadav will be available for selection for the April 10 game against the Chennai Super Kings at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium. Yadav went off the field without being able to begin his third over against the Royal Challengers Bangalore because of a bout of cramps.