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MI ‘keeper-batsman says not dwelling on Playoffs loss was the key
By Harsh Kalan
Kolkata 27 May 2013
Mumbai Indians’ successful title run in IPL 2013 was propelled by consistent performers in all three departments of the game. Dinesh Karthik was one such performer, who featured in all 19 games for the franchise and excelled both with bat and behind the wickets.
The 27-year-old, who has been part of the MI squad for a couple of seasons, often came through in the middle order whenever his team was marred by an indifferent start with the bat. Capping off a good season with a league title, courtesy a win over the Chennai Super Kingsseemed like a fitting end to his IPL 2013 campaign.
“It has been a long journey for us. And it feels really good to be on the right side of the final result for the first time,” Karthik said. “The Playoffs loss did not play on our minds. We took it as a fresh game. And we had beaten them twice, so obviously we knew that we could beat them again.”
Karthik also mentioned how MI had to be at their best against a solid outfit like CSK. “They played a real good game against us the last time. So we knew it was going to be a good contest. Playing CSK is always tough,” he said while explaining his team’s approach during the finals.
The ‘keeper-batsman scored a total of 510 runs in IPL 2013 and effected 14 sharp dismissals behind the wicket, thereby marking his best overall season in the league. “My own form has been really good. I am really glad about what I have helped Mumbai Indians achieve this IPL. It feels special and really good,” he said.
He added that the key to his success has been a calm mind. “I have also been working on my technique. My coach has given me a lot of confidence and inputs and I am glad it paid off in the end,” Karthik said.
Karthik stated that along with the 2007 World T20 triumph, the IPL win at the Eden Gardens is something he will ‘cherish for a long time’.
He even praised senior members of the MI set-up for guiding the side over the last couple of months.
“Hats off to Anil Kumble, John Wright, Ricky Ponting and Sachin Tendulkar! They have been a part of this unit and they have been helping all of us throughout this tournament,” he said.
One of Mumbai Indians’ early recruits ahead of IPL 2013 was their team mentor, Anil Kumble. It was also perhaps, their smartest move, to get on board a man who has tremendous understanding of the game of cricket on the whole and that of the IPL.
After his illustrious international career, the former India captain has been involved in the IPL as a player, captain and mentor. He dons the administrator’s hat too, thus enabling him of decision-making and planning right.
MI’s move to hire one of the shrewdest brains in Indian cricket paid rich dividends in the form of the IPL 2013 Trophy.
We, at IPLT20.com, spoke with Anil Kumble about the process that went behind the closed doors of the dressing room to lead MI to their long-desired IPL title.
The whole new leadership group, that MI put together, seems to have done wonders
Our job was just to create an environment where players could go and play to their potential and the team has responded exceptionally well. I’m really glad that after five years, on sixth attempt –both as player and mentor – I have finally won an IPL Trophy. It’s great to be on the winning side. With a team in abundance of wealth in their management group, how does the distribution of role work?
We are all professionals and everybody understands their role. It’s always nice to have some experienced heads working together.
Did it help as the team mentor that there was already a good relationship with the coach?
Oh, yes, of course! As soon as I became the team mentor the first call I made was to John (Wright) to find out whether he was available to coach and he readily agreed. We have a good partnership and we know each other well since our Team India days. The next job was to choose a leader and Ricky (Ponting) was the obvious choice. With Sachin there, it all seemed complete. The owners too have been great and it’s been fantastic for us.
What has been the biggest contribution of Ricky Ponting to the team?
His leadership has been brilliant. It’s never easy when you’re nominated as the captain and you have to sit out of games. It’s not been easy for him too but he has handled it commendably. His experience of being part of winning Australian teams has certainly helped. He knows how to motivate the players and what exactly to say to the players.
How much have you been involved with the spinners in the team?
I have passed on whatever little information I have about playing in the IPL and bowling in T20. I have tried to encourage both Bhajji (Harbhajan Singh) and (Pragyan) Ojha to bowl to their best. I’m glad that they have done well and helped us win.