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KXIP skipper analyses team’s performance ahead of PWI game
By IPL Staff
Mohali 11 April 2012
Ahead of Kings XI Punjab’s first home game of IPL 2012, skipper Adam Gilchrist addressed the media at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium after practice. The captain spoke about his team’s composition and analysed their strengths and weaknesses during the brief interaction. Excerpts from Gilchrist’s pre-match press conference:
On the need for a finisher
It’s more the top [that has yet to score runs] than the back [lower-order which is doing well for KXIP]. In Pune, the finish was quite good; Bipul Sharma and Piyush Chawla were hitting sixes and they were having a go at the run-rate. It is just the top order [that needs] to enable them to get into a winning position. We let that run-rate get too high, so it’s probably the top more than the finishing that’s been the issue at the moment. On R Sathish not playing
R Sathish has an injury [...]. We want to give him every chance to get fit, but it’s been deemed that he needs to have an operation. He is having an operation on Friday I think. And Stuart Broad is a big loss even though he hasn’t played for us yet. But he is a world-class bowler, a world-class all-rounder and a terrific person. It would have been great to have him here now, fully fit. But the fact is that he is not, so we just got to move on, and make sure that the guys here take this opportunity [and make the most of it]. On Hussey and Praveen Kumar missing training
No, they weren’t here because today we had an optional training. We have had back-to-back games and big days of travel, so we all came yesterday and trained really well [...]. They stayed back [as] they had a little bit of work back at the hotel. They are experienced cricketers and they will be ripe for tomorrow. On Praveen Kumar’s bowling
I think we did a wonderful job on Sunday night against Pune [Warriors India]. His four overs straight really set the game up for us well. The Dimitri [Mascarenhas] and Harmeet [Singh] came on, supported him really well and took us till right at the end. Praveen was excellent. Although he was not providing wickets, he was containing well and really led that bowling line-up really well. So he should be well placed with that. On the chances of David Hussey batting up the order
There is a bit of fight down there [in the batting order] with Shaun [Marsh batting] at [No.] 3. David’s sort of in at four or five or sixth position; that is where he has batted most of his Twenty20 career [...]. We have looked at different combinations to this point, but he is definitely an option. We have got a good balance of left-hand and right-hand, so that’s played its part a little bit about who is batting at what position, but there is every chance that he might be up there.
Gilly and co. take to the nets before first home game of IPL 2012
By IPL Staff
Mohali 11 April 2012
Kings XI Punjab were without two of their stars, Praveen Kumar and David Hussey at their optional training session. However, they had a new addition to their team – skipper Adam Gilchrists’s son Harrison, who bowled and batted in the nets at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here.
Gilly junior bowled to Shaun Marsh and had his own mini training session playing different ball games like football, while his father did some boxing after having a go in the nets with the bat and the gloves. If it skipper hadn’t said so in the press conference, one wouldn’t have known that the practice was optional going by the systematic hard work put in by the team members.
Paul Valthaty practiced batting with coach Vikram Rathore, who sent down the balls at him through a bowling machine. Meanwhile, another Mumbai cricketer, Abhishek Nayar worked on his bowling with coach Joe Dawes in the adjacent nets, as did Harmeet Singh. Paras Dogra and Gurkeerat Mann Singh were amongst the others who ensured that they had a session with the bat under the late-afternoon sun.
In their first home game of IPL 2012, the Kings XI Punjab will play against the Pune Warriors India. They will hope to draw confidence from their good record at home during the previous season.
Meanwhile, the visitors, who are riding high on their success after winning both their games so far, kick started their training with a friendly game of football before breaking up for fielding, batting and bowling practice. Led by one of India’s most successful skippers, Sourav Ganguly, PWI will look to beat the home team on April 12 to add to their winning momentum.