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Shaun Marsh hoping to repeat IPL success

Shaun Marsh was perhaps the biggest success story of IPL I. He arrived as the son of former Australia opener, Geoff Marsh, but became a household name by the time he went back.

cricket Updated: Mar 23, 2010 23:54 IST
Subhash Rajta

Shaun Marsh was perhaps the biggest success story of IPL I. He arrived as the son of former Australia opener, Geoff Marsh, but became a household name by the time he went back.

The left-handed opener is looking for an encore this season. “I have been struggling with injuries for some time now. So I am looking to start fresh. The first season was great and I hope I can do that again,” said Marsh.

It was his exploits in the IPL that convinced selectors back home to fast-track him into the national squad. And the youngster is quick to credit the IPL. “Not many people knew who I was before I came here. It turned out to be a stepping stone,” he said.

What should one expect this season? Will he play the same way, or has international exposure changed his technique and mindset? “No, I will be what I was two years back. That’s what has brought me success and I will stick to it.” Marsh also made it clear that he wasn’t for innovative strokes. “It’s not my cup of tea, I will stick to conventional ones and make sure that I am there till the end.”

Apart from himself, Shaun is excited about younger brother, Mitchell, getting picked up by the Deccan Chargers. “It’s fantastic that Mitch has got a chance to play in the IPL. It’ll be nice to face him if he gets a game when we play the Chargers,” he said.

As for the Kings XI, Marsh was confident of the team turning the corner. “We’ve lost three, but we lost from a winning position. With the win in the last game, I think we are back on track.”