I am really happy with the way Pune Warriors have started their journey in the IPL. This is the way we would have liked to make our debut in the league.
We achieved that goal in our first game against the Kings XI Punjab. We have found our road but we have to tread it cautiously to reach our destination.I was really happy with our effort and intensity on the field. It shows the kind of effort our team management has put in to get the things going.
Due to the World Cup, IPL teams haven’t got too much time to prepare and make strategies. Most key players were busy serving their national teams and could only join the squad two or three days before the tournament.
GELLING AS A TEAM
In a format like this, it’s very important to gel as a team. Players come from different countries, with different mindsets and ideas. You need certain amount of time to settle as a unit and understand each other.
As far as Warriors are concerned, it’s really pleasing to see that despite all the shortage of time, we have come together nicely as a unit. The dressing room is full of ideas and banter.
BOWlERS ON TARGET
Coming back to the Kings XI Punjab game, we had our plans and we executed them well. After losing the toss, the onus was on the bowlers to give us the momentum. They were disciplined and right on the money.
My previous team, Kings XI Punjab, has a new look and this team will rely a lot on the experience and ability of Adam Gilchrist. Luckily, we didn’t allow them to get the start they wanted and wickets of Gilly and Shaun Marsh were key ones for us. After that we managed to get them out for a modest total.
New-ball bowlers Alfonso Thomas and Shrikant Wagh were the star performers for us and I hope they continue to give us these perfect starts.
While chasing the target, despite losing the wicket of Graeme Smith, we didn’t allow the opposition to dominate us. Jesse Ryder and Mithun Manhas got the crucial partnership and then Robin Uthappa and I finished the job.
Our next stop is Kochi Tuskers at our home ground. I’m hoping that we’ll be giving our guests a warm welcome off the field. PMG