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

Punjab need Indian players to step up

The Preview by Kanishkaa Balachandran

April 11, 2012

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

Kings XI Punjab celebrate the dismissal of Sourav Ganguly, Pune Warriors India v Kings XI Punjab, IPL, Pune, April 8, 2012
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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

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    Posted by British-Bangali 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.

    Posted by IJ-IPL 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.

    Posted by IJ-IPL 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)

    Posted by   on (April 12, 2012, 16:22 GMT)

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

    Posted by   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.

    Posted by   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?

    Posted by   on (April 12, 2012, 13:02 GMT)

    theay should pickup tamim

    Posted by Sano27 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 !

    Posted by nikhilsachinist 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.

    Posted by   on (April 12, 2012, 12:21 GMT)

    robin uthappa should open with sourav ganguly

    Posted by saager on (April 12, 2012, 12:05 GMT)

    PWI should given a chance to Tamim Iqbal. He is in a good form as a opener in place of Ryder or Ferguson.DADA should come in middle order.GOOD LUCK PWI....

    Posted by The_Amazing_Avenger on (April 12, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

    This should be the team for Pune Warriors 1.Tamim Iqbal 2.Sourav Ganguly 3.Marlon Samuels 4.Angelo Mathews 5.Uthappa 6.Steve Smith 7.Pandey 8.Sharma 9.Kartik 10.Dinda 11.Nehra

    Posted by   on (April 12, 2012, 11:17 GMT)

    hey tamim is going to play in todays match ?

    Posted by isurufdo247 on (April 12, 2012, 11:06 GMT)

    wat an ordinary preview.editor suggestin tamim iqbal over anjelo mattews............ wat a joke...........

    Posted by Nishant.Mathur on (April 12, 2012, 10:32 GMT)

    @Utpal - are you suggesting there should be reservation here also! U will not support your team as there are no locals in it??....very unfortunate!

    Posted by   on (April 12, 2012, 10:26 GMT)


    Posted by AusieBangaleeShameem on (April 12, 2012, 10:18 GMT)

    Who says Pune warriors name is not justified --- warriors like Ganguly Dada, Ashok Dunda, Murali Kartik, Marlon Samuels, Tamim Iqbal all are the best fighters as far I've seen them --- I mean they are some best warriors. So Pune Warriors are the real warriors --- see, how I have justified the name warriors? Good luck to Warriors --- I want to see you always winning.

    Posted by   on (April 12, 2012, 10:17 GMT)

    cant believe that some pundits are suggesting tamim over angelo mathews...Angi is a tuff nut & a superb fighter n finisher..tamim is just a over hyped player.just have some shots over the in field within field restrictions..ANGELO SHOULD PLAY!!!

    Posted by   on (April 12, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

    Pune should bring Angelo Matthews for this match .. Pune Warriors is a easy winner for today game ...

    Posted by saager on (April 12, 2012, 10:00 GMT)

    Pune Warriorsshould be given a chance to Tamim Iqbal. He is in a excellent form.

    Posted by   on (April 12, 2012, 9:41 GMT)

    @utpal I understand your concern... but there are very few players in each team(local/from that state)... most of them are playing for other state franchises only... IPL comittee should ensure that there should be atleast 2 players from that state in playing XI.

    Posted by abee12 on (April 12, 2012, 9:40 GMT)

    I think punjab should be take Azhar mahmood he is in good form and good all rounder also

    Posted by   on (April 12, 2012, 9:08 GMT)

    is tamim going to play today plz telll

    Posted by Shamayel97 on (April 12, 2012, 8:38 GMT)

    Pune should bring in Tamim who is in touch in place of ferguson who is not in touch and they should open with tamim and ryder and ganguly should bat at 5.Samuels should be at 3 and uthappa at 4.Raiphi Gomez should come in for out of form ashish nehera.

    Posted by Shamayel97 on (April 12, 2012, 8:30 GMT)

    Kings Eleven Punjab shoul make hussey bat at 3 and they should bring in Ramesh Powar in place of harmeet singh.

    Posted by   on (April 12, 2012, 8:24 GMT)

    Its shameful that Pune Warriors don't have a single local player ( I mean from Maharashtra or Vidarbha in their team ). I wonder if there is any other team in whole IPL with such distaste for local players. I mean look at Bharat Chipli in Deccan Chargers or for that matter Yogesh Nagar in DD. What brilliant performance they have given to deserve a place in final 11 other than them being local there is no single criterion. P Warriors should have brought Srikant Wagh or Harshad Khadiwale for at least one game. Wagh is certainly better that B. Kumar as far his IPL record is considered. I seriously wonder what's the relevance of Pune in 'Pune Warriors' team. It could easily have been Lucknow or Kolkata team..since I believe many of people from WB team are playing here. Even though I am from MH I Just don't get a single reason to support Pune Warriors. May Kings XI win this match. At least this team justifies it's name..

    Posted by   on (April 12, 2012, 8:14 GMT)

    Azhar mahmood should play for kings XI punjab bcz he is in outstanding form

    Posted by addicted.samyam on (April 12, 2012, 8:06 GMT)

    best team for kings xi punjab:- 1. Adam Gilchrist 2. Shaun Marsh 3. Paul Valthathy 4. Paras Dogra 5. Sunny SIngh 6. Abhishek Nayar 7. Dimitri Mascarenhas 8. Nathan Rimiington 9. Praveen Kumar 10. Bipul Sharma 11. Piyush Chawla

    Posted by Ordinary_think_tank on (April 12, 2012, 7:59 GMT)

    Pune is not taking Tamim Iqbal in the stadium and left him in hotel in their last two matches. This is nothing but insulting an international player. I would say same thing in stead of Tamim if this happen to any other overseas player. Dada must not forget his last IPL when he was ignored in same way. "Please learn from your own and if you ignore the same thing may come again to your life though we don't want that." Best wishes!!

    Posted by   on (April 12, 2012, 7:52 GMT)

    Good showing Dada... We are proud of you... It will be a great view if Tamim and Dada (two dashing left handers) open for PWI.... Hope for the best in next match...

    Posted by   on (April 12, 2012, 7:38 GMT)

    i feel tamim shud be given a chance at top ; for couple of games. If he doesnt click PW will always hav Ryders option for opening slot.also ; Parnell or thomas (why he wasnt there for last 2 games ; hes been PWs best opening bowler for last season) shud replace ferguson. So the playing 11 cud be ; 1. tamim 2. Ganguly 3. Robin 4. pandey 5. Samuels 6. Steve smith 7. Parnell/thomas 8. kartik 9. Rahul sharma 10. Dinda 11. Nehra

    Posted by Prajith4j on (April 12, 2012, 6:57 GMT)

    Good Show by PWI. Courtesy-DADA's captaincy. Tamim must get a look-in (and he deserves it) and push ryder down the order in place of ferguson. And for KXI, being partial to all aussie attack is goin to push them further down. Someone like Sathish, Shalab Srivastava, Azhar Mahmood or Luv Ablish can step up and perform.

    Posted by   on (April 12, 2012, 6:27 GMT)

    DADA , we r very much proud about as spectacls of your uncomparable captaincy. Please produce some more match winners like Yuvi, Viru, Zak,Harbajan..Etc, that will do it only by unselfish warrior like you... DADA rocks

    Posted by satish619chandar on (April 12, 2012, 6:21 GMT)

    Wow... Usually CSK and MI used to attract comments on any article.. Now, KKR and PW are the big hits Thanks to BD fans and also to the team mgmt..

    Posted by Head_gear on (April 12, 2012, 6:14 GMT)

    Give Matthews a chance in the middle order for Pune.An exciting young all round talent who can bear the pressure at any time. Kings XI should get more key Indian players..does it say the IPL teams are inbalanced..??

    Posted by vaikuuuuuuuuuuuu on (April 12, 2012, 5:09 GMT)

    ONE IMPORTANT THING for succcess of pune is the sensible batting of rabin two matches he really played very sensible and responsible. this kind of form of uthappa will surely have great fortune for PWI.

    Posted by SomeoneStoleMyLungi on (April 12, 2012, 1:05 GMT)

    Pune Warriors 1. Tamim 2. Ganguly 3. M Samuels 4. R Uthappa 5. A Matthews 6. S Smith 7. Pandey 8. R Sharma 9. M Kartik 10. Dinda 11. A Nehra

    Posted by truefactor on (April 11, 2012, 21:26 GMT)

    As far a leading Bengali news paper (publish in West Bengal) PWI didn't take Tamim with them to play KXI, so if its not any injury or any change in the strategy i don't think Tamin going to board a morning flight to Chandigarh.Best of Luck to PWI hope DINDA nad Krtik continue there from.

    Posted by   on (April 11, 2012, 21:23 GMT)

    kings XI please try out azhar mahmood, he's a very good finisher and a great bowler both with new and old ball. He is what king XI require to kickstart their campaign.

    Posted by   on (April 11, 2012, 21:20 GMT)

    Azhar mahmood in for the james faulkner if kings xI punjab want to win if they want to lose then carry on with the all aussie squad

    Posted by   on (April 11, 2012, 21:02 GMT)

    As a hard hitting batsman, even sometimes in test tamim deserve a slot in PWI best i accept tamim in opening of pune's batting order with ryder.

    Posted by Htc-Baseball on (April 11, 2012, 19:50 GMT)

    shakib deserves a spot in KKr ,But it wud be highly unlikely oi see tamim play unless the regulars are injured. Come on guys Ryder mathews samuels smith luke wright fergusson parnell, everyone deserves to play more than Iqbal ,whose just a batsmen with good talent,but not sufficeint for T20s.

    Posted by   on (April 11, 2012, 19:24 GMT)

    I would rather play Mathews instead of Tamim if he is available and I would rest Ryder for the match.......And I would like to see Luke Wright or Tamim or Wyane replacing Cullum is he doesn't fire this time

    Posted by   on (April 11, 2012, 16:57 GMT)

    I wish Dada will promote Tamim in place of either Ryder or Callum. Best of Luck PWI

    Posted by surya38 on (April 11, 2012, 16:37 GMT)

    r sathish sholud play tomorrow instead of bisla or mandeep sing, he was playing superb in icl (icl india captain),lAast season played mumbai indians useful allrounder, athletic fielder.

    Posted by babuindhaka on (April 11, 2012, 16:11 GMT)

    Tamin should get a chance. He is inform batsman.

    Posted by Black-virus on (April 11, 2012, 15:14 GMT)

    tamim should play next match for a dashing opening partnership with ryder//.......farguson out and dada should come 1st down........

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