Newsfile, May 3 May 3, 2013

'Never stuck to a winning combination' - Uthappa

A round-up of IPL news from May 3, 2013

Pune Warriors' wicketkeeper-batsman Robin Uthappa said that constant changes to the playing XI and changes in leadership had affected the team badly. Speaking to the media after his team crashed out of the IPL with a 17-run loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore, Uthappa said: "We've never stuck to a winning combination. It was pretty disappointing for me, as a player. When we beat a strong team at their home ground [Chennai Super Kings], we came back and changed the combination and I think that kind of shook things up for us a little bit."

Warriors crashed to their sixth straight loss against Royal Challengers and are currently last on the points table, with two wins from 11 matches.

Dravid 'wishes' for more foreigners in the XI
Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid has said it would be beneficial for a team like his if the IPL were to relax the four-overseas-players-per-side rule. "We have a lot of very good foreign players. It is very difficult for us as we can only play four. I wish IPL would change that and allow more foreign players, but it's not possible. Someone has to miss out," Dravid said, in the lead up to his team's away game against Kolkata Knight Riders, according to agency reports. Currently the franchises are allowed 11 overseas signings in their squads, and four in the teams' XIs.

Nikita Bastian is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo