May 23, 2012

Newsfile IPL 2012

Newsfile: May 23

Kanishkaa Balachandran

'Captaincy has made me calmer': Harbhajan Singh, the Mumbai Indians captain, has said captaincy has taught him to take things in his stride during difficult moments. "From the last time, I have become calmer and more composed. I don't get angry when things don't go in our favour," Harbhajan told "You should send positive vibes. There are times when you talk to your team-mates and suddenly you realise that you can pull off the game from the most difficult positions." When asked why he hadn't always bowled his quota of four overs, Harbhajan said such decisions were based on the match situation. "For the team's sake you have to take bold decisions of not bowling a bowler if he's not required, be it Harbhajan, Muralitharan or Warne," Harbhajan said. "It's not that I don't want to bowl - I always want to bowl as many overs that I can. But as a captain you have to stop thinking about yourself."

'Gambhir an outstanding leader': Kolkata Knight Riders wicketkeeper Brendon McCullum has credited the captain Gautam Gambhir for helping the team reach its first IPL final. "I think he is an outstanding leader. He is very soft spoken in the changing room and around the group and on the field he leads through performance and through actions," McCullum told "Technically, he has been very good and has used Sunil Narine incredibly well and he has got a lot out of the other guys as well." McCullum, who opens the batting with Gambhir, said he has enjoyed watching him bat from the other end. Gambhir is also the leading run-scorer for Knight Riders so far, with 588 runs, including six fifties. "I, from the other end, try to give him strike that is probably the reverse of the roles what we thought of at the start of the tournament," McCullum said. "I can't take credit for the partnerships where he has played beautifully and made my work easy, and I just try to hang around and get him on strike."


Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by vipin on (May 23, 2012, 18:32 GMT)

both of u!!! my heros brendon mccullum were simply awesome at the field....and the pitch too helped our side!!! but the finals is at chennai!!! and chennai pitch has always been the batting pitch!!! kkr openers must blaze a firing start to lift the trophy!!!

Posted by Samson on (May 23, 2012, 18:18 GMT)

Why is Harbhajan takeing his own name in the same breath as that of Warne and Murali?

Posted by Ankit on (May 23, 2012, 14:19 GMT)

I think MSD is the best captain... he can't be compared with anyone..

Posted by Shas on (May 23, 2012, 14:09 GMT)

What a Joke... Harbhajan's captaincy has made MI look like a buch of angry school boys... Despite the presence of Sachin, I think MI has become the most hated IPL team, thanks to Harbhajan's infuence on the team. Just look at the way Munaf and Raydu behave..

Posted by Avinash on (May 23, 2012, 13:44 GMT)

Harbajans comment has got to be a joke or has he forgotten how he reacted with Munaf Patel when a decision almost didnt go in their favor. He should have been banned. Harbajan is in the side primarily as a bowler. He shoudlnt be hardly bowling. Whenever it comes to the slog overs he never seems to want to bowl. Chicken much?

Posted by Subramanyam Chittivelu on (May 23, 2012, 13:43 GMT)

Gambhir is definitely a good player and proved to every one that he is a better captain, and he should be next India's captian in any form of the game for his game plan, temperment, recognizing the strengths of other playes and and his own skills.

Posted by Prashant on (May 23, 2012, 13:18 GMT)

"I don’t get angry when things don’t go in our favour" HA HA HA. How can one so shamelessly be blatantly contradictory?

Posted by ze_wolf on (May 23, 2012, 13:06 GMT)

The real revelation of the ipl has been the captaincy of Gambhir. Maybe he is the next cap

Posted by Neil D'Souza on (May 23, 2012, 12:54 GMT)

Mumbai teams have had some very fine distinguished captains like Vijay Merchant down to Sunil Gavaskar, Ashok Mankad, Eknath Solkar, Chandrakant Pandit etc which makes every Mumbaikar rightfully proud. Now there is this Harbhajan who is a violent (re Sreesanth), racist (re Symonds) and out-of-control (remember intimidating umpires in first match v DC IPL5), what a sad time.

Posted by sune on (May 23, 2012, 12:52 GMT)

Harbhajan said. “It’s not that I don’t want to bowl – I always want to bowl as many overs that I can. But as a captain you have to stop thinking about yourself.”..........But, mumbai wants a leader who can leads from the front & not a captain who can take credit after winner and blaming some individual for losses...

We know you have the fire in you.......If i'm not wrong, now if you can't show your worth as a bowler then we may see you in action at international level.......Choice is your's & all we can wish you is all the best

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