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100: Runs scored by Suresh Raina in the match – highest innings by a left-handed Indian batsman in IPL. Raina bettered his own record of 98* against Rajasthan Royals at Centurion in 2009.
84: Runs scored by Suresh Raina off the bowling of Piyush Chawla in IPL. There have been only three better performances. Suresh Raina himself has scored 92 runs off the bowling of Sidarth Trivedi, Albie Morkel had 89 off Shane Warne and Gautam Gambhir has scored 87 runs off the bowling of Albie Morkel.
58.16: David Miller’s batting average in IPL – highest for any batsman playing a minimum of 10 innings.
33: Number of wickets taken by R Ashwin at Chennai - most by any bowler. He equaled Albie Morkel’s tally.
21: Number of batsmen to score hundreds in IPL. In total 27 hundreds have been scored in IPL The break-up: Royal Challengers Bangalore – 5, Delhi Daredevils – 5, Kings XI Punjab-4, Chennai Super Kings- 4, Rajasthan Royals-3, Mumbai Indians- 3, Sunrisers Hyderabad – 2, Kolkata Knight Riders-1. Incidentally Raina is the ninth Indian batsman to score a hundred in IPL.
7: Number of consecutive matches won by Chennai Super Kings. They equal the IPL record of most consecutive wins by a side. Royal Challengers Bangalore had also won seven in a row in 2011.
It was in the IPL’s very first season that Shaun Marsh announced his arrival in style, sweeping away matches from under the bowlers’ control. He emerged as IPL’s first Orange Cap winner and has been the mainstay of the Kings XI Punjab team since then.
Marsh, however, hasn’t been able to translate that success at the international level, partly due to injuries. This IPL season too, he joined the team late, after recovering from a hamstring damage. But in his second game of the tournament, Marsh shrugged off the layoff rustiness with a 51-ball 73. It was the kind of knock one associates with him – fluent, controlled, attractive and yet mostly risk-free.
Unfortunately, his runs couldn’t save KXIP from a 15-run loss against the Chennai Super Kings at the Chepauk. But Marsh was glad to be back in the sort of form that has helped him win many a match in the past. In a chat with iplt20.com Marsh spoke about his IPL team, their strengths and where they are lacking.
Once again, so close yet so far for KXIP, like in Mumbai the other night?
Yes, it’s very disappointing to get so close and then not winning it in the end. We are very dejected as a group and now we know we have to win the rest of the games to make the top four. Personally, you seemed to have shaken off all the rustiness of injury with that knock on Thursday?
Yes, it was nice to get a few runs and get the confidence back. It’s just good to be playing with the boys again, running around and playing cricket, which I love doing. Hopefully there are no more injuries. Why aren’t you opening the batting? Given that the opening pair has been an issue, is there a case of you going back to the top of the order?
Not really. I don’t know if the coach and captain would want me to open. It’s fantastic batting at No.3 and I have done well for KXIP at that position in the past too. Our openers are fantastic players. They’ve missed out so far but they’ll get the job done soon.
What’s your take on David Miller? He’s emerged as a game-changer this season.
He’s a fantastic player. He showed on Thursday once again that he is a class act. I’m really happy for him, he’s a good bloke. He’s been around in the IPL for three years but hasn’t had too many opportunities. He’s got some this year and he’s taken them with both hands. He can hit them on both sides of the wicket and can clear the fence quite regularly. He has a big future ahead of him.
How do you gauge your international career? Do you think you can prove a point or two by scoring in the IPL?
Not really. I have been out for three months now and coming back if I have a point to prove to anyone, it’s to me. I’m not really one to get worried about whether I get picked or not. If I score runs and keep doing that consistently, that stuff takes care of itself. Hopefully I can score some runs and win the KXIP boys a few games of cricket.
You have been with KXIP since the first IPL season. Why do you think the team hasn’t been able to make it to the top yet?
We have got a young team and a talented squad. It’s just the question of winning those big moments in the game. That’s something we haven’t done in the past. We saw that in the game against the Mumbai Indians (when KXIP lost by four runs) and here too, against CSK. If we rectify that and learn how to seize the big moments, we’ll win more games than we lose.
KXIP don’t have many big international names to boast of like some of the other teams do. Is that a reason?
We don’t have many huge superstars but we’re not worried about that. We have good cricketers and if we play well we can beat those big teams. In the last few games we haven’t reached our standards but we have a few days off now which we can use to get back on track.