Hope to play positively against DD: Steve Smith

PWI all-rounder says his team needs to move on after RCB debacle

By Harsh Kalan
Raipur 28 April 2013
Chris Gayle’s epic 175-run knock was enjoyed by almost everyone – save for those 11 men in Pune Warriors India blues who had a forgettable day at the office. Nothing they did, with bat or ball, worked against the big man from the Caribbean, and it further derailed PWI’s already shaky Pepsi IPL 2013 campaign.

“It was an amazing innings, wasn’t it? That happens in Twenty20 cricket,” said Steve Smith, while trying to make sense of that record-breaking knock. “A player like him is arguably the best in the world in this format. That happens in Twenty20 cricket, and we will learn from that.”

Smith was, however, hopeful of a better showing against the Delhi Daredevils here in Raipur on Sunday. “It is a new game and hopefully, we can come out with a good mindset and be positive from the start. Start the game well and come out with a win at the end of it,” Smith said.

The leg-spinning all-rounder admitted that his franchise has not had a good start this season, having won just two out of their eight games thus far. But he insisted that the mood in the dressing room was positive, and that the team is still upbeat about every oncoming challenge.

“We have lost a few narrow ones that we probably should not have lost. But we just hope to continue to play good cricket, and hopefully, we can get a few wins and get some momentum coming into the end of the tournament,” Smith said.

The Australian all-rounder has been on the wrong side of results since he got to the subcontinent a couple of months ago with the national Test side. That losing streak has bled into the IPL now, and the 22-year-old hopes for his Indian voyage to end on a happy note.

“I think I started OK with the bat. Obviously, I’ve got a pretty good feel at the moment, since I’ve been here for a while now. With the Test series, I got used to batting on these kinds of wickets,” said Smith. “I just got to keep working hard in the middle and perform to my ability and try to get Pune over the line a bit more.”
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