Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 final July 3, 2011

Tanvir cites Warne influence on captaincy

ESPNcricinfo staff

Sohail Tanvir has said his experience in the IPL with Rajasthan Royals back in 2008 helped him captain Rawalpindi Rams to victory in the Faysal Bank Super Eight T20 Cup. Tanvir, who was the leading wicket-taker in the first IPL and scored the winning runs in the final, made special mention of Shane Warne, his captain at Rajasthan.

"My experience of playing under Warne helped me," Tanvir told the Express Tribune. "As a captain you must be on your toes when you need to make important decisions. I gave my players much-needed confidence and they performed to the best of their ability."

One of the features of Rawalpindi's run in the tournament was that they relied on their young players to perform at crucial times, something Warne has always encouraged at Rajasthan. Jamal Anwar, Rawalpindi's 20-year-old wicketkeeper, was their leading run-getter in the tournament and Man of the Match in their upset of Lahore Lions in the semi-finals. Raza Hasan, the 18-year-old left-arm spinner, took the second-highest number of wickets in the tournament with 11 at an average of 11.27 and economy rate of 6.20.

Tanvir gave Hasan the responsibility of bowling the Super Over in the final, against Karachi Dolphins, and he delivered, giving away just seven runs to secure victory for Rawalpindi. "I was supposed to bowl the Super Over but I gave it to Hasan only because of his high confidence."

Rawalpindi were underdogs in the tournament, but won convincingly against favourites Lahore before holding their nerve in the thrilling final against Karachi. Tanvir said the best thing about the Twenty20 format was that it gave everyone a chance. "This is a modern format of the game and is tough. We were the underdogs but still managed to win through hard work. This is the beauty of Twenty20."

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  • Dummy4 on July 6, 2011, 9:43 GMT

    For most of the Pakistanis, cricket is in blood. We can be the most stylish and consistent team, all we need is a system on root level and competent governance at board level. Pakistan Zindabad!

  • atif on July 5, 2011, 1:59 GMT

    Sabih Azhar should definately be made coach of the Pakistan U-19 World Cup team, which is to take place in Australia in March 2012.

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2011, 10:11 GMT

    Is Sohail Tanvir ready to be appointed as Vice Captain, to take over the position permanently as Captain in Future?, to me he looks like a Gud Option.

  • Hassan on July 4, 2011, 8:35 GMT

    all can i say pakistan zindabad!

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2011, 7:03 GMT

    even if i supported Karachi side but still, well played RAMS!!

  • Dummy4 on July 4, 2011, 6:38 GMT

    Amazing final! and Amazing Tournament Throughout!. That was a brilliant cricket in pakistan!

  • atif on July 3, 2011, 15:29 GMT

    Congratulations to Rawalpindi Rams on their T20 Faysal Cup Championship. Good work displayed by Sohail Tanvir and the boys, but most of all, congrats to their coach Sabih Azhar, whose been working very hard with the boys last 4 years or so. It 's a young new team - without stars (aparantly 4 away playing in England) This victory should benefit the National team in the sense that PCB should be looking towards Sohail Tanvir as Pakistan's next T20 Captain, and should draft him in straight away as the next World T20 is around the corner in 2012, in Sri-Lanka. Also PCB should remove Waqar Younis and employ Sabih Azhar with immediate effect. Waqar's basically done what he could and I can't quite honestly see him adding anything further. It's time for Change and in the wake of this recently concluded T20 faysal Cup, which was a super hit with the masses, it seems only rite to call in for the changes There's good promising cricketers with plenty of fire in their belly. Pakistan Zindabad

  • Amjad on July 3, 2011, 13:39 GMT

    Also, the two finalists Rawalpindi Rams & Karachi Dolphins should be included in the Champions League !!!

  • Amjad on July 3, 2011, 13:33 GMT

    Nice work Sohail Tanvir... He also managed a 3-0 win leading as a captain for Pakistan A against Afghanistan.

    Also, Jamal Anwar (WK) should be given a chance in the National side & throw away the current WK, whatever his name is.

  • Steve on July 3, 2011, 12:58 GMT

    It is nice to hear Tanvir credit Warne for his success. It is a pity Warne decided to hangup his boots. He should have played T20s for another 3/4 yrs.

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