We never panicked: ten Doeschate

KKR all-rounder credits team’s self belief for their incredible turnaround

Bengaluru 02 June 2014
Ryan ten Doeschate spent most of the first three years of his IPL journey cheering for his team, Kolkata Knight Riders, in the dugout. But this year was different. He played 10 matches in Pepsi IPL 2014 and was also part of the playing XI that won the Final, against Kings XI Punjab.

After his second IPL title, the Dutch all-rounder spoke to about KKR’s stupendous turnaround after the disappointment of the UAE leg.

Here are excerpts from his interview:

Second IPL triumph!

It doesn’t feel that along ago that we won our last IPL. And it is a real privilege to be here to get over the line in such a good final. To chase 200 was a great effort, and to do that in a final was even more remarkable.

What was the secret behind KKR’s tremendous turnaround this season?

Essentially, it’s about skills. The batsmen started to score runs when we came back to India, something we didn’t do in the UAE. There were other factors as well – the team spirit was there, the management took care of the players and there was no panic at any stage. We tried to figure things out and gave ourselves a chance to get back on the radar.

Another very big factor was Robin Uthappa.

Oh, I think 10 scores of 40-plus in the T20 format is incredible. He put his hand up and said he will open. And almost singlehandedly he turned things around for us. He has been a very big part of this win – the essential cog around which the rest of the batting line-up revolved.

Did things also change for the better once the captain started scoring some runs?

You need your batsmen to score runs and the captain has that much extra pressure to perform. When he is feeling the heat and not scoring runs, it doesn’t reverberate too well on the team. But you know that a class player will always find a way to get back among runs. That’s what Gautam did.

Satisfied with your personal performance?

It’s been difficult for me to bat at No.6 and make solid contributions. It’s a role of a utility player that I have been given. Obviously, I’d love to do more, but the team has won, so all is good.
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