Hope to get back on a winning streak: Faulkner

RR all-rounder says his team will get over its away loss to PWI

By Harsh Kalan
Pune 12 April 2013
The Rajasthan Royals came into their away game against the Pune Warriors India as strong favourites. The Pink City franchise had good reason to back this notion, since they were unbeaten in IPL 2013 prior to this game, whereas PWI had lost 11 straight matches, including nine last season. However, the Royals were completely blindsided by the likes of Robin Uthappa and Aaron Finch, who made sure PWI’s path to victory was paved in the powerplay itself.

One of the few silver linings for the Royals in Thursday’s game was James Faulkner. The Tasmanian all-rounder made the most of his maiden appearance for RR, as he contributed 19 valuable runs in the middle order and then returned to claim two wickets for 17 runs in his four-over quota. But still, the 22-year-old said that he would rather trade this performance for a team win.

“Personally, yeah it was a reasonably good game. But we lost a game of cricket, so it all counts for nothing,” said Faulkner. “We hope to get back in the next game, and hopefully, get back on a winning streak.”

Faulkner singled out the initial flurry by Uthappa and Finch as a momentum shifter. However, he also stated that his team is bound to bounce back after this defeat.

“The first six overs were really crucial for us today. We had done really well so far in the first two games. But in this game, it didn’t go to plan. It happens, and we will move on quickly,” said Faulkner.

He also praised Finch, who in his first appearance for PWI this season, adapted to the Pune wicket – which was slow and tended to keep low.
“Aaron Finch was great today (on Thursday). It was his first game this season and he batted unbelievably well. Credit to him for doing that,” said Faulkner. He also said that given the conditions on offer, the 145-run total posted by RR was defendable and that his team was happy to get there batting first.

For now, Faulkner is glad to be playing under Rahul Dravid, and hopes collectively the Royals can churn out more positive results in time to come.

“Definitely, he’s one of the greats of world cricket and also Indian cricket. It’s a pleasure to play alongside him, and hopefully the next time we get a win together,” said Faulkner. 
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