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Prajakta Pawar in Kolkata 28 May 2014 - 11:06pm IST

Fearlessness important while bowling in T20s: Karanveer

KXIP leg-spinner also says he had plans for Yusuf and Shakib

Asked to bat first, the Kolkata Knight Riders were cruising along at a steady pace, when Kings XI Punjab’s leg-spinner Karanveer Singh dealt a double-blow to remove Shakib Al Hasan and the big-hitting Yusuf Pathan off consecutive deliveries.

Although the leg-spinner couldn’t complete a hat-trick, he bowled his heart out while looking to restrict the hosts. Brought into the playing XI towards the business end of the tournament, Karanveer has claimed seven wickets from three games – three of which came in Qualifier 1. While speaking to IPLT20.com after the match, he talked about how he planned for the big wickets of Yusuf and Shakib and the fearlessness required while bowling in the shortest format of the game. 

Excerpts from his interview:

After getting an opportunity towards the business end of the tournament, how do you prepare for key contests?


I had started preparing long before the tournament started. I was in touch with Sanjay Bangar sir after the Kings XI Punjab picked me at the Auction and worked on his advice. And although I didn’t play in the initial matches, I was working in the nets. And after getting the chance, I am giving my 100 percent.

How had you planned for Yusuf Pathan’s wicket?

His was a very important wicket and so was Shakib’s (Al Hasan). I was thinking about both of them since yesterday night. I had it at the back of my mind that I can get them out by varying my pace rather than bowling the same deliveries, and that worked for me.

You were on a hat-trick with the wickets of Yusuf and Shakib. What were you thinking while bowling the hat-trick ball to Suryakumar Yadav?

I wasn’t thinking about it too much. I was just thinking of doing what I do and not doing anything extra.

While you got three wickets, you were also hit for a few sixes and fours. How do you cope with getting hit?

They are part of the game. And in this format, you are bound to get hit. And they were looking to attack me, which was creating chances for them to get out. In such situations, I back myself and try to bowl my best deliveries.

Do you feel fearlessness is a prerequisite for spinners?

Yes, very much, especially in this format. Given the pressure and the crowd, it’s important to have that attitude. And we work on that. The coach, bowling coach and the captain emphasise on playing fearlessly.

And besides, getting hit is also part of the game. The batsmen are there to hit you. So, we focus on our strengths and work on those.

Flight and loop are keys for a leg-spinner; how do you work to use them?

Flight and loop – both the things are my strength. So, I try and use them as much as I can.

How encouraging was it to see leg-spinners getting wickets in the tournament?

I feel that leg-spinners always have a better chance of getting wickets. And it was encouraging to see leg-spinners get wickets and it motivated me. 

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