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Purple Cap winner found his groove while bowling in latter stages
By Harsh Kalan
Kolkata 27 May 2013
The Chennai Super Kings may have lost the IPL 2013 final to theMumbai Indians, but they still can take heart in the fact that two of their own won both the Purple and Orange Caps. While Michael Hussey’s exploits at the top of the order helped CSK on the batting front, it was Dwayne Bravo’s wicket-taking form that deflated many an opposition line-ups.
The newly appointed West Indies ODI captain was on song throughout the tournament and ended up claiming a staggering 32 wickets this season. He duly won the Purple Cap for his efforts.
In an exclusive chat with IPLT20.com, Bravo mentioned how bowling in death overs gave him the freedom to change his pace and use more variations this year.
Here are excerpts from his interview:
What did you do different this year when it came to bowling?
This year what I did different was bowl more overs at the death. I have to give credit to Mahi (MS Dhoni) for having faith in me. I always love the challenge of bowling in the latter stages of the game when batsmen tend to go for it. So, I change the pace and use variations. I am happy that I was able to produce results with the ball for the team at crucial moments.
Along with taking wickets, you have become popular for your unique celebrations and dances as well.
The celebrations and dances are all for the fans. We are entertainers, and we come here to give the fans their money’s worth. I like having fun on the field. All of us West Indians, we tend to enjoy our cricket. That is part of our culture.
You squared off against Kieron Pollard four times this season. You two compatriots seem to have a special rivalry brewing.
I always love playing against Pollard. He is one of the best players in the world along with Gayle and Dhoni in this format of the game. So, there is a great competition between us and we never back down. I enjoy that competition we have. And it is great that he is part of a good side now. And credit to him the way he played in the final and in this IPL.
Apart from Pollard, even other West Indians seem to have struck form during this IPL. This must please you as the West Indies ODI captain.
All the West Indians did well this season. Darren Sammy, he came in late and still did well. Then there is of course Chris Gayle and Sunil Narine. It is a good tournament for us West Indians, and we hope to continue doing well and are looking forward to the next IPL. Right now, it is good to have so many West Indians in form ahead of the Champions Trophy. The shorter formats really suit us. And we just hope to come together as a team and try and bring these individual talents together and hope they perform the same way.
Veteran MI pacer cherishes maiden IPL title, 100-plus wickets
By Harsh Kalan
Kolkata 27 May 2013
Over the last few years, Lasith Malinga’s name has been synonymous with theMumbai Indians. The Sri Lankan Slinger has been the sharpest weapon in the MI arsenal with all the timely, unplayable yorkers that he is known to dish out.
However, this year Slinga Malinga had a relatively sedate season as per his own high standards. But come the IPL 2013 final, the veteran pacer did not disappoint. Eager to nudge his side over the line, Malinga gave MI the kind of start they had grown accustomed to in previous seasons. “Until this match, I did not do anything for the team. So, I am really happy I did something special today in the first over itself,” said Malinga about the two crucial wickets – of Michael Hussey and Suresh Raina – he claimed up front.
According to the pacer, his bowling had somehow not clicked this season until the big game on Sunday. “Nothing much was different today. I had tried to do everything till now but I did not get good results. I always try to do my best, and that is why I feel great that I did something for the team today,” said an ecstatic Malinga.
His excitement was of course resulting from the fact that after coming close in previous years, MI were finally able to strike gold in the IPL. “It is a really good feeling. The thing is that over the past few years we have tried very hard but did not get the cup. But today that we have won it, I am really happy,” he said.
Malinga also made a special mention of all the MI fans, who are known to drown the Wankhede Stadium with rhythmic chants of ‘Malinga,’ ‘Malinga’ every time their curly-haired hero comes on to bowl. “The fans there love cricket. I really like playing in India so much. I have been really happy playing for the Mumbai Indians,” he said.
While Malinga may have blown hot and cold this season, he still managed to become the first bowler in the IPL to cross the 100-wicket mark. “I am really happy that I have played in the IPL for five years. I have 103 wickets now and I am the first bowler in the IPL to get to 100 wickets. Every year I am getting 20-odd wickets and I am just happy about my performance overall,” said Malinga, who got 20 scalps this year as well.