Kings XI Punjab v Pune Warriors India, IPL 2012, Mohali April 11, 2012

Punjab need Indian players to step up


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Thursday, April 12, 2012
Start time 2000 (1430 GMT)

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With two defeats in as many games, Kings XI Punjab are under pressure to get a foothold in this IPL edition, though it's still early days. Their batsmen haven't fired, and the bowlers have conceded 191 and 166, which proved too much in the end for their batsmen to chase. Their opponents at home tomorrow are Pune Warriors, familiar faces considering they played each other on Sunday.

Kings XI will hope to mobilse some home support to get their campaign going. If they are to retain their batting line-up, they could promote David Hussey from No.5 to give Adam Gilchrist more support. They will wait on the fitness of the left-handed batsman Shaun Marsh, who missed the last game due to injury.

What Kings XI need is for at least one of their Indian players to step up, inspire the rest and relieve the pressure on the overseas players.

The Warriors, following a dry debut season last year, have now become one of the teams to watch after winning both their opening games. The bowlers have combined well in both games, particularly so in their first match against Mumbai Indians where they defended 129. If they are to make one change, Tamim Iqbal, the in-form Bangladesh opener, could replace either Jesse Ryder or Callum Ferguson.

Players to watch

Steven Smith, the spin-bowling Australian allrounder, is proving really capable as a finisher for the Warriors, with scores of 39 and 25. His innings against Kings XI featured three massive sixes in the final few overs.

Since his blistering century last season which launched him in the IPL, Paul Valthaty is under pressure to keep his place at the top, with scores of 13 and 1. He also had a quiet Ranji Trophy season for Himachal Pradesh, scoring 120 runs in five first-class games.

Stats and trivia

  • Kings XI's Shaun Marsh is one of the most consistent batsmen in the IPL, with 12 fifty-plus scores in just 29 innings while scoring at a strike-rate of 140.77.

  • Sourav Ganguly is yet to fire in this edition, but his IPL record isn't the worst, with 1104 runs in 46 games at a strike-rate of 108.66. Not bad for a 39-year old.


    "We have looked at different combinations to this point, but he is definitely an option. We have got a good balance of left-hand and right-hand, so that's played its part about who is batting at what position, but there is every chance that he might be up there."
    Adam Gilchrist hints that David Hussey could move up the batting order

    "We are a very good bowling side. But sometimes, you don't want to have too many options."
    Sourav Ganguly, the Warriors captain

    Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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    • Johurul on April 13, 2012, 9:54 GMT

      I think Jesse Ryder should be dropped he is in really bad form, But most importantly he is so unfit, IPL needs fit athletic energise players and that is not Ryder. He won't make it in the Chennei team or Mumbai team so why settle for him. Play Tamim Iqbal he is on form and he is very handy on the pitch, He can also bowl some donkey overs.

    • Ish on April 13, 2012, 8:59 GMT

      @bootstrapper: you are right, I have never heard of any country acting in this disrespectful manner. First of all we are giving a chance to these upcoming players to play in our IPL having the like of Shewag, Tendulkar, Gayle, Dhoni, Adam Gilchrist, many more to name, and on top that they think that we have taken them because we desperately can't play IPL without any of Bangladeshi player in the team. I am sorry please come out of the imaginary world. As I have mentioned earlier, the world is much bigger than you think. We will play tamin & shaikb but only when we think they fit in that role. By all these comment and malafide pressure, you just bittering the relationship between both countries by exchange of words. If you don't say anything we won't need to respond. If Bangladesh fans would not have acted this way, even we would rejoice that an Asian player is coming up, we should be proud about it. But with this attitude, I don't think any indian feels that way for tamin and shakib.

    • Ish on April 13, 2012, 5:03 GMT

      You know the funny part about bangladeshi supporters is that when want to argue about shakib's all time record more than his failure to perform. But when we discuss tamin, it's the other way around. They choose to ignore his pathetic batting average of 13 in T20 international and 19 in domestic T20. I mean every other player in Pune Warrior has better average than Tamin, why should tamin even be considered in place of foreign players. Oh !!! and with respect to your arguments that tamin players better than xyz domestic player. Well, first of all he does not play better and neither his statistics show that he plays that well (even the domestic bowlers have better batting average than Tamin...i mean that is shocking). Second, even if we have to consider tamin, he would be considered in 4 all-rounders category where players like Clarke, Ferguson, McCullum, Mathews, Jesse Ryder, Samuels, G. Smith, steven Smith,Wright, Hopes (each of them have better form and statistics than tamin)

    • Dummy4 on April 12, 2012, 16:22 GMT

      @ isurufdo247, 11 run of mathews justifies editors suggestion for tamim over mathews.

    • Dummy4 on April 12, 2012, 15:11 GMT

      Yeah, sorry for mistake in Bharat Chipli. You can take anybody e.g. Ravi Teja in Deccan. I am not against these players. @ Nishant, reservation is a bad word. I only said they should be given preference. Whole idea behind is that if 'Pune Warriors' team is formed. It should benefit the local players too. There is no connect of players with the team.. Whats the use of Pune Warriors winning for Pune Cricketers...Nothing.. Its only useful for Subrato Roy and Co.

    • Dummy4 on April 12, 2012, 14:45 GMT

      hey indian wise tank answer me, is ryder bettet than tamim? after 3 matches what he has done for PWI?

    • Dummy4 on April 12, 2012, 13:02 GMT

      theay should pickup tamim

    • Sano on April 12, 2012, 12:39 GMT

      kings eleven punjab is yet another team along with deccan chargers who dint have any intention to qulify to the knock out stage...thats why they gave out their best players and now they seems in the deep vain !

    • nikhil on April 12, 2012, 12:27 GMT

      @Utpal Khardenavis- For your kind information, Bharat Chipli is from Bangalore, Karnataka. He is not a local player of Hyderabad.

    • Dummy4 on April 12, 2012, 12:21 GMT

      robin uthappa should open with sourav ganguly

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