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Lucky to get starts: Pomersbach

Luke Pomersbach wasn’t too sure if he would be able to make it to the playing XI when picked up by Mohali, given the presence of many quality batsmen in the side, reports Subhash Rajta.
Hindustan Times | By Subhash Rajta, Mohali
UPDATED ON MAY 23, 2008 01:03 AM IST

Luke Pomersbach wasn’t too sure if he would be able to make it to the playing XI when picked up by Mohali, given the presence of many quality batsmen in the side. Nevertheless, he was too excited to be a part of the IPL, so much so that he was reported as saying that given a chance, he would play for free in the league.

Quite clearly, the Western Australian was desperate to make a mark in the IPL and the wait, as Sangakkara said, made the resolve stronger. “Luke and Shaun didn’t get a look-in at the start, but that wait for a chance to perform seems to have made them hungrier for success,” said Sangakkara.

Luke has indeed looked very hungry to perform. The sturdy hard-hitting lefthander has hasn’t been dismissed in the three matches he has played. More significantly, each of his knocks had been crucial from the team’s perspective, for he has either seen his side romp home or has, like in the last game, pushed it to an impregnable position with his powerful strokes.

But ask him to throw some light on his batting and his success, the left-hander, very much like his compatriot Shaun Marsh, goes on the back foot, reluctantly offering something as simple as this. “Well, I am really happy to get a chance to play in the IPL and have just been lucky to get starts,” he said. On being prodded a little further, lefthander offers, " Shaun has been batting so well at the other end. The confidence automatically rubs off on you as well and you also get going.”

Apart from being close friends and team-mates for the Western Warriors, the duo were suspended for a month in November 2007, for breaching team rules regarding the consumption of alcohol, ahead of a Pura Cup encounter. But he came through this difficult period, amassing 743 runs off the 8 matches he played. Shaun wasn’t far behind, scoring 706 runs off 8 matches. Pomersbach’s efforts with the bat did not go unnoticed with the national selectors as he was a part of a shock car park call up for the Twenty20 International against India in February.

Kumar Sangakkara is discerning enough to see and appreciate his talent and articulate enough to explain it as well. "The best thing about him and Shaun is the simplicity with which they approach their batting. There is very little that could go wrong in their game because their technique is so simple and basic, and there lies the beauty of their game," said the Sri Lankan.

Besides his powerful hitting, Pomersbach has shown unflappable temperament in trying circumstances. He was just wonderful along with Jayawardene in their chase against Delhi, and was again up to the task when Mumbai tried to spring a surprise by including two off spinners in the side on Wednesday.

“Luke is not all about brawn. He is indeed a superb striker of the ball, but he also has the technique and temperament to back it up with,” said Moody in Mumbai the other day.

And that perhaps explains his success.

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