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Darren Sammy is one of those cricketers who does not invoke fear among the opposition. But while batsmen consume all their energies in figuring the big guns out, he quietly sneaks in and does the damage.
Six wickets and 105 runs from six matches perhaps looks ordinary on paper. But when one sees that all of those six wickets have come in match-winning spells (2 for 10 against DD and 4 for 22 against KXIP), the true value is known.
The second of those figures came in Mohali, as the Sunrisers Hyderabaddefended 150, thanks to Parthiv Patel’s (61 off 47) tenacity and Thisara Perera’s (32 off 19) belligerence. Three of Sammy’s wickets wereAdam Gilchrist, Shaun Marsh and David Miller – KXIP’s three best and in-form batsmen.
After his game-changing and match-winning performance, Sammy took time out to speak to iplt20.com and shared how Waqar Younis has given direction to the SRH bowling attack to make them one of the most lethal in the tournament.
Your little girl is proving to be very lucky for you!
Yes, she is. Probably I should make another one to get even luckier (laughs). But it’s been a good experience playing my first IPL and for a good bunch of guys who continue to display that never-say-die attitude every time. On Saturday, after being on 52 for five, to get to 150 on that wicket was a very good fight back.
How classy was Parthiv Patel’s knock?
I think it’s proven that the anchors are as important in this format as the hitters are. Michael Hussey is not a big hitter but he has the Orange Cap. I think batting in T20 is more about reading the situation of the game and executing your shots properly. I thought Parthiv did that really well on Saturday night. He assessed the conditions, analysed the situation and he knew that if he got 50 in the end, we will end up with 140-plus.
With such a strong bowling attack, how do you approach an innings?
We go in with a strategy for every batsman and plan for them individually. On that wicket you don’t have to do much. With the grass on the good-length, our bowling coach, Waqar Younis asked us to bowl like we do in a Test match – just put the ball on that one spot and let the pitch do the rest Later on we took pace off the ball.
You dismissed KXIP’s three most dangerous batsmen. Which one was your favourite wicket?
All of them have been dangerous at different times in the tournament and David Miller, especially. Our plan was to bowl on good-length to him and let him try to have a go at us. Even though he scored a 100 in 38 balls a couple of games back, Saturday he was starting on naught. He made a mistake and we got the result.
What have you picked up from people like Waqar Younis and Dale Steyn?
Oh, there’s so much of experience there. The one thing I have picked from them is to be clear. Make sure when you’re on the top of your mark, you know what ball you’re going to bowl – if it’s a Yorker, slower one, length ball, bouncer, whatever it is. When you start running in, no matter what the batsman does, you know that is the ball that’s going to come out of your hand.
Death bowling is a major area of concern for most teams in T20. The Sunrisers have done better than many others in that regard. Is there any special preparation for that aspect?
We pay a lot of attention to the tail. We know everyone can swing their bats in this format. Today the planning was to vary the pace because on this wicket it’s difficult for the batsmen to score if you do that. If they had started picking us, we’d have gone to plan B, which was Yorkers. In any form of cricket the Yorker is always the best ball to bowl towards the end of the innings. Having Waqar in the team has helped us a lot, especially in planning for each batsman.
What is the best thing about being a Sunriser?
This team never gives up. We don’t have too many star players but when our backs are at the wall somebody steps up. Today it was Parthiv and (Thisara) Perera who did it for us. What Sunrisers have done is that we have risen to every challenge.
MI all-rounder cherishes being part of a star-studded set-up
By Harsh Kalan
Pune 11 May 2013
The Mumbai Indians moved a step closer to Play-Off qualification after they overcame the Pune Warriors India at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium. The other big story of this match was the much-anticipated franchise debut of MI’s Million-Dollar Man, Glenn Maxwell.
The Australian all-rounder finally got an opportunity in a crucial match, in which he played the finisher’s role with the bat, after bowling a solitary, and economical, over during the PWI innings.
Maxwell’s cameos – both with bat and ball – exuded the kind of confidence that had eluded him during Australia’s forgettable Test tour of India a couple of months ago.
During his exclusive chat with IPLT20.com, the 24-year-old cited spending the better part of this year in the subcontinent as the reason behind his improved showing in his first IPL 2013 outing. He also talked about what it meant for him to be part of a set-up that includes some of cricket’s biggest names.
Here are excerpts from his exclusive interview:
How does it feel to make your MI debut?
A lot better, now that we have won (laughs). I have been waiting a really long time; I have been training hard in the nets and in the gym. So, I feel it was well-deserved and I am glad I got a crack out there and it was fun.
Were there any special preparations ahead of your maiden cap for MI?
No, Not really. Every game, I try and treat the same.
When did you come to know that you were going to play?
I actually found out before we had lunch today. I was a little bit wary because when I was told that, I was not sure (laughs). Yes, but my name was read out at the toss, and that is when I knew for sure I was going to play.
You bowled a tidy over in the middle. Can we expect you to roll your arm more often in the games to come?
At the moment with our team, I am just there to bowl if we need an extra bowler. So far we have been so good with our five regular bowlers that we don’t need an extra bowler. I am just there if we need an extra over in case there are a few left-handers or if we just need someone to bowl an over to help out in the middle of the innings.
Given that you batted confidently, are the memories of the India-Australia Test series (that the former won 4-0) distant now?
Yes, they are pretty distant. Also, considering it is the white ball now, I am just trying to forget about the Test series. But I am sure those memories are anyway not going to help me. However, I am extremely proud that I made my Test debut against India in India. It was an amazing achievement for me personally, even though we did not win. And I did take with me a lot of that experience into the IPL.
You have spent the better part of 2013 in India. Has that helped you get a leg up on the conditions on offer here?
Exactly right. You get a leg up over everyone else by spending time here. I feel like I have had a lot of time for preparation, and I have played a lot here and trained a lot here. I feel these things are going to help me a lot in the future.There are a lot of tournaments in India throughout the year. So, you have got to adapt to playing here. It is a massive advantage to get used to the conditions over here.
What is it like to be part of a star-studded set-up as MI, where you have the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting?
It is an amazing feeling to be around them. Guys like Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting, whom I have watched while growing up over the last 16-17 years on TV. It is just amazing that I got the chance to actually play with them and be part of a winning team with them. I just want to make the most of this time, and hopefully this will last a long time, as I am loving being here with the Mumbai Indians.