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PWI pacer says his team’s batters can still turn things around
By Harsh Kalan
Pune 18 April 2013
Despite starting their home game against the Sunrisers Hyderabad on a high note, a familiar climax greetedPune Warriors India on Wednesday evening at the finish line. Their bowlers, led by India quick, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, restricted the opposition for a sub-par total, but their middle-order woes continued to haunt them, and yet again they fell short of a modest target.
Thanks to this heartbreaking defeat, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s stellar effort with the ball (4-0-18-3) was overshadowed by the agony of another loss. However, the PWI pacer sounded optimistic during his post-match chat with IPLT20.COM and he expressed faith in his team’s batting to bounce back.
Excerpts from his interview:
What turned the game around for PWI?
Actually, there’s no doubt that we bowled well and kept things under control. But yes, we lost (the game) when we lost our middle-order batsmen quickly.
Still, you had a good day with the ball earlier
The wicket was helping swing bowling initially. So, the plan was to put pressure on batsmen and try and restrict them to a low score. And it worked.
Speaking of things that work, is there anything special you’ve been doing to prepare for the Twenty20 format?
You know, it doesn’t matter what the format is… you always back your strengths and do the basics right. That is what I’m doing. But you need variations in Twenty20. You bowl slow; you bowl yorkers and things like that.
What influence has a coach like Allan Donald had on you?
Yes obviously, he’s helping a lot. He tells us to keep things simple and uncomplicated. He even asks our opinions and tells us to back our strengths (as bowlers).
So what lies on the road ahead for PWI?
We should have won this match; that would have been good. But there are still plenty of matches to go this season. So, everyone in the team has to back each other moving ahead and pray for the best.
What about PWI’s batting, especially while chasing?
Well we lost two matches from a winning position. But the last two matches, we played well. It is all part of the game – sometimes you win, sometimes you lose. I believe our batsmen are capable of turning things around for us.
All-rounder relishes sharing space with Mishra and other SRH greats
By Harsh Kalan
Pune 17 April 2013
In a low-scoring thriller at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium, a Sunrisers Hyderabad leg-spinner swung the game in his team’s favour with one magical over. WhileAmit Mishra – the most successful spinner in IPL history – grabbed all the headlines, a quick glance at the scorecard will reveal another leggie, whose contribution was quite substantial in exerting pressure on the Pune Warriors India batters.
All-rounder, Karan Sharma was playing in just his second IPL game and clocked the most economical figures of the night – 3-0-13-1 – and was the Sunrisers’ best bowler till the 19th over of the PWI innings. The 25-year-old from Uttar Pradesh has thus far made a steady impact since he made his IPL debut against theKolkata Knight Riders a few days ago. He credits the likes of Mishra, Dale Steyn and bowling Coach Waqar Younis for giving him helpful tips to bowl in the shortest format of the game.
Excerpts from his chat withIPLT20.COM: Congratulations on this win. What do you reckon was the turning point today?
The turning point was Mishy Bhai’s second last over (when he bagged four wickets, including a hat-trick). He bowled really very well and took those three wickets in three balls. And he bowled well during the middle overs too.
What were your plans after PWI got off to a comfortable start while chasing?
When they started, we just decided that we have to put pressure on them.
As far as applying pressure goes, you bowled very economically. Are you getting any tips from Amit Mishra, who also happens to be a leg-spinner?
Yes, he is giving me various tips. It’s very helpful, because he is the most successful bowler in the IPL. So, I am lucky that I am playing along with him. And even all the seniors in our team have supported us (newcomers) a lot.
So do you have a stock delivery?
The main delivery is the googly. I’m working on my googly right now.
Does having world-class bowlers in the SRH ranks help you out too?
Yes, it certainly helps a lot. Mainly, because they have told me how to bowl in the death and early on in the innings. This has really helped me out.
What are your personal goals for IPL 2013?
I want to continue this kind of performance. But I need to make some runs also in the coming games. I just hope to play good cricket.