IPL 2013 news March 31, 2013

The 'care factor' will be key for Pune - Donald


Despite being around for two years in the Indian Premier League, Pune Warriors - the most expensive franchise in the event - seem to be struggling to find their feet. In both the editions they have featured in, they have finished near or at the bottom.

No wonder then that their third successive season will see a new captain and coach going into the tournament. While both their previous coaches - Geoff Marsh in 2011 and Sourav Ganguly as captain-cum-mentor last year, when they participated without a head coach - were diplomatic ahead of they stints, Allan Donald, who has been elevated from bowling coach to head coach this year, spelled out his expectations from the players in no uncertain terms.

Referring to his new role as "intimidating" in a tournament that moves "at a million miles per hour", Donald, the former South Africa pace spearhead, urged the players to "care" for one another.

"I am going to have a meeting with our overseas players on their own to explain their commitment to our cause for the next two months. Every one of those players wants to play. I would be disappointed if I wasn't picked. But what is important for Pune Warriors is for everyone to be swimming up one stream, [and] not every way and direction like it went last year," Donald said, referring to a disgruntled unit in the latter half of last year's IPL.

"And negativity spreads cancer. It does because it gets people talking, players talk among each other. And my message to the team is [to] be up front and honest. [This] is going to be the key. I am not here to make anyone promises.

"That's what this format requires. You just can't be pleasing cricketers for the sake of it. I just want guys to be part of the team and helping each other out. The care factor for me is huge. I want guys to look after each other. That creates that relaxed environment that I talk about. That's pretty much what I look for. How we gel as a team, how we grow as a team and how we care as a team is going to be the key for us."

In a season in which Pune Warriors tried out 23 players during the season, not many players were given a long rope. It led to team harmony going for a toss as the tournament progressed, and affected the team both on and off the field. Donald seems to have learned the lessons from the disappointing previous outing: "[I] don't think last year was a great example for me. That was my first year, and I felt that at times, we were a bit gung-ho with our selection.

"At times, [we tried] quick fixes, which didn't work. I see that the teams that have been successful in the IPL have stuck with a certain group of players for a long period of time. And that's what I intend to do.

"Why fix [something] if it's not broken? All coaches and teams are looking for early momentum and confidence, and we have to earn the right to do that first of all. The hard part about this competition is to get your nose in front. I am not looking far ahead. I am not looking at the semi-finals or anything like that. I just want to concentrate on every game, and on what we do in every game. If it doesn't work and we go down fighting, so be it. To try and stick to certain processes is the key."

Amol Karhadkar is a correspondent at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Dummy4 on April 5, 2013, 17:13 GMT

    parvaiz rasool not in team for their ipl first game, they are going to lose the game.

  • Adarsh on April 1, 2013, 16:04 GMT

    Donarticle will encourage the Pune Players to be play as a team.As per the concern about team player,all players are like warrior.Many key players are there especially Smith,Taylor,Uthappa as batsmen and at allrounder side Yuvraj,Mathews and lot of expectation from bowling side Bhubaneswar,Dinda.Pune warrior for this IPL is one of the Favourite team.

  • ANIMESH on April 1, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    My XI will be-Uthappa,Panday,Samuels,Yuvraj,Taylor,Methews,Rasool,Bhuvi,Wagh,Mendis,Dinda

  • Suraj on April 1, 2013, 12:44 GMT

    I still can't understand how come Pune dint go on to bid for Doug Bollinger because they needed one fast bowler who could get them wickets! This team also needs a very good all rounder to make it a perfect team. This team lacks that killers instinct. I don't see them making it to the Semis once again even if Dada has gone.

  • Ronak on April 1, 2013, 12:40 GMT

    I think they have a really good chance this year with Allan Donald being the Coach of the side. My Playing XI would be: Robin Uthappa (WK), Manish Pandey, Marlon Samuels, Yuvraj Singh, Steven Smith, Raiphi Gomez, Angelo Mathews (C), Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, Kane Richardson, Ashok Dinda, Parvez Rasool and Abhishek Nayar as the 12th Man. Hope it all goes well and PWI can ROCK the tournament.

  • Cricinfouser on April 1, 2013, 11:05 GMT

    Am sure that pune warriors hav got one of the best side this year............they hav a solid start with hard hitting robbie and sensible manish,a great middle order aspect provided by yuvi they some fireworks to end the game will be provide by smith,taylor,mathews........they hav a strong bowling attack with bhuvaneshwar,dinda,raahul and richardson............

  • bechu on April 1, 2013, 9:39 GMT

    My playing XI for Pune Warriors: 1.Suman,2.Wright/Smith,3.Uttappa,4.Yuvi,5.Ross Taylor,6.Mathews,7.Abhishek Nayar/Parvez Rasool,8.Kane Richardson/Mendis/Samulas,9.Buvaneshwar Kumar,10.Dinda,11.Rahul Sharma/Ishawar Pandey..

  • Pad on April 1, 2013, 9:14 GMT

    I think its a fine side. Mathews is certainly a worrier! He may not all experience behind him in very crucial moments, but there few experienced chaps around him, in case. Batting line-up seems solid and very T20 material. Rejuvenated Mendis' success or failure will be a key factor when it comes to bowling. If he balls like he did in world-cup, that would be a seriously good investment. I'm not Indian, so I can support and hope success of few teams, and Pune is one of them.

  • Rezaul on March 31, 2013, 21:53 GMT

    My Team for PWI: Robin Uthappa (Wk), Manish Pandey, Marlon Samuels/Steven Smith, Yuvraj Singh, Ross Taylor, Angelo Mathews/Luke Wright, Parvez Rasool, Rahul Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Wayne Parnell/Mitchel Marsh, Ashok Dinda.

  • Dummy4 on March 31, 2013, 18:23 GMT

    Just when I think all's going well with Pune warriors India, something sloppy comes up. With Marlon Samuels, Ross Taylor, Luke Wright and Steven Smith in the squad they make Angelo Matthews the captain. Angelo being the captain will make it difficult for one of the 4 players mentioned earlier and even worse for Ajantha Mendis, aaron Finch, Wayne Parnell, Mitchell Marsh and Tamim Iqbal to sneak in and play a game. Luckily, Angelo won't captain in the Chennai game, nor would Ajantha be able to play there. Also, I wonder what will be done with Kane Richardson who was bought spending US $700000. With that kind of money, PWI could buy Vernon Philander, Doug Bollinger and Suraj Randiv twice. Check out this list for details :- http://www.espncricinfo.com/indian-premier-league-2013/content/story/603194.html