Pune v Kolkata, IPL 2013, Pune May 10, 2013

Ten Doeschate changed the game - Gambhir

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Ryan ten Doeschate, playing his first game of the IPL season, changed the course of Kolkata Knight Riders' game against Pune Warriors, according to his captain Gautam Gambhir. Ten Doeschate, the Netherlands allrounder, arrived at the crease at 75 for 3 in the 12th over and hit 31 off 21 deliveries to lift Knight Riders to 152 for 6 on a difficult Pune pitch.

"Ryan was the man who changed the course of the tie," Gambhir said. "Before he came to bat, we were expecting to score around 130 runs. Playing his first match, Ryan did a wonderful job in the death overs. He is the real hero."

It was only the fifth win in 13 games for Knight Riders, the defending champions. Ten Doeschate had to sit out their campaign so far, but did not feel after his performance that he was the missing link in the line-up. "No, I wouldn't say that," ten Doeschate told the IPL website. "There are obviously a lot of good international players here. Like when I come in, a quality player like Ryan McLaren has to sit out. So you have got to wait your turn. And that is probably one of the toughest things you have to do, as you have got to stay fresh and stay ready. That is the hard part about being in a group of eight or nine good overseas guys like in KKR."

While Gambhir was "happy and relieved" with the win, he said Knight Riders were capable of doing much better. Ten Doeschate agreed with his captain. "I don't think we have done particularly badly this year," ten Doeschate said. "I just don't think we have won crucial moments of the game. However, we have certainly channeled the pressure of being defending champions into a way that would work out for us this year."

Gambhir again backed his misfiring batsman Yusuf Pathan, who had another failure, making 3 off 6 after coming in at 90 for 4 in the 15th over. "It is disappointing that Yusuf is not getting runs," Gambhir said. "I believe he is more disappointed than all of us. After all, he is an impact player. I am sure he will return to form in the coming matches of the tournament."

Warriors captain Aaron Finch said his batsmen were "really disappointing" after they were dismissed for 106, with only Angelo Mathews and Robin Uthappa managing double-digit scores. "150 was a difficult score to chase on this wicket and we had not batted very intelligently either," Finch said. "We knew that Sunil Narine was going to bowl a few overs towards the end of the innings. And so we needed to cash in on the first six overs and put up as many runs as possible and get ahead in the run-rate. I believe we should have applied ourselves a bit more. We have really let ourselves down."

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  • NareshPodi on May 13, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    @ThilankaK, I disagree with you on Rohit to captaining Indian team T20 & ODI. We should not decide based on the IPL performance. You can't replace Kohli by anyone in ODI format. Kohli is 10 times better than Rohit. Rohit is IPL specialist and it is very difficult for him to keep the position in International matches. Actually the problem is, the commentators makes unnecessary comments such as "He is very talented when Rohit hits a boundary and in next couple of runs, he will walks back to the dougout". And another problem is, few worst cameramen they always record Kohli's expressions alone. I have seen many Indian players play IPL with much interest but not internationals. How many matches did Rohit lead the Indian team to win in ODI? He is nowhere when comparing with Kohli.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on May 10, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    @ Yogi108...spot on bro!!! Well said.

    GG, YP, Kallis are spent forces. Wonder where they end up in next auction!!!!

  • on May 10, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Tendo and Shakib was the key foreign players last year for KKR and GG a d the mgmt keep playing non performers that cost them dearly.

  • siddhartha87 on May 10, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    @gagg agreed with you McCullum is currently rank 1 in international t20 rankings.While Morgan is at rank 10.It's shame that worlds best t20 batsman was in bench in most of the matches. However i like Morgan too.Probably playing both in playing XI was the best option.Sadly McCullum is in England now captaining the kiwis. Although i am against dropping Kallis.His bowling in this IPL has been exceptional.

    The playing XI should have been- 1. Gambhir 2.Bisla 3.Kallis 4. McCullum 5.Morgan 6.Tiwari 7 .Pathan 8.Bhatia 9.Narine 10.Balaji 11.Shami Ahmed

  • Ha8rick on May 10, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    YK Pathan is SRK's pet. You can slog your way into International Cricket but you can't stay by keep doing the same. Others have figured you out.

    The domestic bowlers in the KKR team are good enough for IPL. Only Sunil Narine should be used as a foreign bowler as he has proven to be a match winner. KKR needs a silid batting line up. GG made a mistake by keeping TenD out for so long.

    Narine, Kallis, Morgan, Tendo/McCullum Lee should have be the choice of foreign players from the start of this IPL. TenD can also bowl.

    Disappointed with KKR Team selection this year.

  • Javed_17 on May 10, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    I fully agree with Ghambir, I had hoped tendo would have gotten a place ahead of Maclaren the last game as well. As for pathan.. i think he needs to go back to cricket acadamy his weakness to short balls and swinging balls are too well known for him to be as effective. His weaknesses are similar to other impact players like kieron pollard and to a lesser extent chirs gayle. However his mindset is extremely different, as soon as thos bowlers come on he enters a shell and plays timidly off the back foot which means he loses his wicket before the over starts.

  • StevieS on May 10, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    siddhartha87 no McCullum should of played in Morgans place, you bat McCullum at number 4-5 with a free license and he will make Morgan look like a snail more times than not.

  • ThilankaK on May 10, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Teams Captain should be ; CSK - MSD , RR - Rahul , MI - Rohit ( should captain for Indian T20 & ODI ) , RCB - AB D , SRH - Sammy , KXI - Gilly , KKR - Mcullam , DD - Mahela , PWI - Taylor

  • siddhartha87 on May 10, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    I guess McLearn so far was getting preference as he is the better bowler among the two.Even a player like B.McCullum has been sitting out mostly as rules allows only 4 foreign players. Kallis,Morgan,Narine always takes 3 places. It's difficult to chose between players like McLearn,RTD and McCullum.All of them are potential match winners.

  • saifur.raffael on May 10, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    I was telling this for years .........include Tendo in the side & drop kallis.......finally they have included Tendo now drop Kallis and play any other player........ the team is bound to do well...........

  • NareshPodi on May 13, 2013, 8:00 GMT

    @ThilankaK, I disagree with you on Rohit to captaining Indian team T20 & ODI. We should not decide based on the IPL performance. You can't replace Kohli by anyone in ODI format. Kohli is 10 times better than Rohit. Rohit is IPL specialist and it is very difficult for him to keep the position in International matches. Actually the problem is, the commentators makes unnecessary comments such as "He is very talented when Rohit hits a boundary and in next couple of runs, he will walks back to the dougout". And another problem is, few worst cameramen they always record Kohli's expressions alone. I have seen many Indian players play IPL with much interest but not internationals. How many matches did Rohit lead the Indian team to win in ODI? He is nowhere when comparing with Kohli.

  • ToTellUTheTruth on May 10, 2013, 21:02 GMT

    @ Yogi108...spot on bro!!! Well said.

    GG, YP, Kallis are spent forces. Wonder where they end up in next auction!!!!

  • on May 10, 2013, 19:56 GMT

    Tendo and Shakib was the key foreign players last year for KKR and GG a d the mgmt keep playing non performers that cost them dearly.

  • siddhartha87 on May 10, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    @gagg agreed with you McCullum is currently rank 1 in international t20 rankings.While Morgan is at rank 10.It's shame that worlds best t20 batsman was in bench in most of the matches. However i like Morgan too.Probably playing both in playing XI was the best option.Sadly McCullum is in England now captaining the kiwis. Although i am against dropping Kallis.His bowling in this IPL has been exceptional.

    The playing XI should have been- 1. Gambhir 2.Bisla 3.Kallis 4. McCullum 5.Morgan 6.Tiwari 7 .Pathan 8.Bhatia 9.Narine 10.Balaji 11.Shami Ahmed

  • Ha8rick on May 10, 2013, 14:34 GMT

    YK Pathan is SRK's pet. You can slog your way into International Cricket but you can't stay by keep doing the same. Others have figured you out.

    The domestic bowlers in the KKR team are good enough for IPL. Only Sunil Narine should be used as a foreign bowler as he has proven to be a match winner. KKR needs a silid batting line up. GG made a mistake by keeping TenD out for so long.

    Narine, Kallis, Morgan, Tendo/McCullum Lee should have be the choice of foreign players from the start of this IPL. TenD can also bowl.

    Disappointed with KKR Team selection this year.

  • Javed_17 on May 10, 2013, 14:33 GMT

    I fully agree with Ghambir, I had hoped tendo would have gotten a place ahead of Maclaren the last game as well. As for pathan.. i think he needs to go back to cricket acadamy his weakness to short balls and swinging balls are too well known for him to be as effective. His weaknesses are similar to other impact players like kieron pollard and to a lesser extent chirs gayle. However his mindset is extremely different, as soon as thos bowlers come on he enters a shell and plays timidly off the back foot which means he loses his wicket before the over starts.

  • StevieS on May 10, 2013, 13:46 GMT

    siddhartha87 no McCullum should of played in Morgans place, you bat McCullum at number 4-5 with a free license and he will make Morgan look like a snail more times than not.

  • ThilankaK on May 10, 2013, 13:29 GMT

    Teams Captain should be ; CSK - MSD , RR - Rahul , MI - Rohit ( should captain for Indian T20 & ODI ) , RCB - AB D , SRH - Sammy , KXI - Gilly , KKR - Mcullam , DD - Mahela , PWI - Taylor

  • siddhartha87 on May 10, 2013, 12:19 GMT

    I guess McLearn so far was getting preference as he is the better bowler among the two.Even a player like B.McCullum has been sitting out mostly as rules allows only 4 foreign players. Kallis,Morgan,Narine always takes 3 places. It's difficult to chose between players like McLearn,RTD and McCullum.All of them are potential match winners.

  • saifur.raffael on May 10, 2013, 12:18 GMT

    I was telling this for years .........include Tendo in the side & drop kallis.......finally they have included Tendo now drop Kallis and play any other player........ the team is bound to do well...........

  • YogifromNY on May 10, 2013, 11:49 GMT

    GG is right - Pathan does make a huge impact in each game......on the morale of the opposing team, who see a free and easy wicket every time he comes in to bat, and some extra runs when he is fielding. Perennial losers KKR and DD will never learn and keep retaining non-performers - either as players or captains. It is the Indian disease. Misplaced reverence for number of years spent as a cricketer and reverence for past records, irrespective of current form.

  • patel56789 on May 10, 2013, 11:47 GMT

    Only gambhir to be blamed for KKR failures this year. The selection blunders made by him costed KKR a lot. Ten Doeschate was the best performer for KKR last year and did not get a game till yesterday. its too sad to see a player of his caliber not to be picked in final 11.

  • anver777 on May 10, 2013, 11:06 GMT

    A real "Game Changer" on his day.. he should be playing from the game 1 for KKR !!

  • on May 10, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    Both KKR and PWI proved that there were definite selection deficiencies in both the outfits. TenD and PRasool could have made difference in many close matches. The way both performed can not justify their inclusion after 12 matches!!!!!

  • on May 10, 2013, 10:29 GMT

    Udit Birla at no 4!! If that's the best PWI have at such a key position, no wonder they are at the bottom of the table.

  • Baundele on May 10, 2013, 9:54 GMT

    Both KKR and Pune teams are selected by the country name of the player, not by the form. Form matters.

  • on May 10, 2013, 9:50 GMT

    Yuvraj is the only INDIAN batsman whose performance in the T20 Internationals is much much much better than his performance is the IPL, very very very rare feat.

  • on May 10, 2013, 9:47 GMT

    As far as big hitting is concerned, both Sehwag & Yusuf Pathan complement each other, but there is one small difference between these two: sehwag clicks once in 20 innings & yusuf once in 50 innings

  • British_North_America on May 10, 2013, 8:56 GMT

    Gambhir played Ryan McLaren 3-4 times but not Ten Doeschate.

  • asohk on May 10, 2013, 8:29 GMT

    Innings of Matthew signifies that he has come out of wood and prepared to carry the mantle of captaincy in the face of repeate failures of stand in capt.

    ashok

  • streetblader on May 10, 2013, 8:08 GMT

    Gambhir's stubbornness and his on-field behavior has me convinced now that he should not be given another chance at the international level. He should have bought in RTD long back instead of praising him now. Nobody in his right minds would give Yusuf another chance seeing that he is expected to fire once in 200 games. Keep waiting for that 200th Gambhir and keep cooling your heels when team India plays.

  • Smiling on May 10, 2013, 7:58 GMT

    Amazes me why this is Ten Doeschate's first game. Bet the previous coach wouldn't have left him out. Such a brilliant player, should be given more chances. Where has the magic gone KKR?

  • ms2000 on May 10, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    I always thought that it was a mistake not sending mathews to open. he is a good bastsman ( although not a good capiatin!) he needs at least 2-3 overs to set himself and then go for a big score. Pune needs beter thinking with the batting order and bowling changes. Hope they will do beter in the next remaining games with some batting order changes. Good luck to you guys Sri Lankan!

  • on May 10, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    I just dont know why Gambhir is backing Yusuf Pathan so badly. He hasnt performed from freaking 3 years and still he is in the playing Xi all the time. Time has come to replace him with some other good player like Das in XI.

  • StevieS on May 10, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    And yet they will continue to pick Kallis over him as for Pune the sooner they get rid of Mathews and get some quality international players the better.

  • Fan1969 on May 10, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Pune needs a psychiatrist to improve player concentration.

    Secondly, they need to have fewer players in the dressing room so that responsibility is enhanced. Selection should be a matter of pride rather than a policy of rotation and allowing all players to have a go.

    Thirdly, consistent and well thought out selection will help. For example, have an Indian captain. It ensures NO change in captaincy when a player is out of form since the good Indian players will anyway be selected unlike 4/11 for foreigners. Why cannot Uthappa lead if Yuvraj is not willing or burdened? If Kohli and Rohit can lead IPL sides then so can Uthappa. His performance while not spectacular has been reasonable over the years.

    Further, having Smith on the bench for first 4 matches was inexplicable similarly Luke Wright not playing consistently despite his performance is puzzling.

  • Fan1969 on May 10, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Pune needs a psychiatrist to improve player concentration.

    Secondly, they need to have fewer players in the dressing room so that responsibility is enhanced. Selection should be a matter of pride rather than a policy of rotation and allowing all players to have a go.

    Thirdly, consistent and well thought out selection will help. For example, have an Indian captain. It ensures NO change in captaincy when a player is out of form since the good Indian players will anyway be selected unlike 4/11 for foreigners. Why cannot Uthappa lead if Yuvraj is not willing or burdened? If Kohli and Rohit can lead IPL sides then so can Uthappa. His performance while not spectacular has been reasonable over the years.

    Further, having Smith on the bench for first 4 matches was inexplicable similarly Luke Wright not playing consistently despite his performance is puzzling.

  • muski on May 10, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    Few more matches like this and IPL will not be able to sustain the viewership. A clash of useless multimillinaire duds who have all the hype but no substance. Add to that the disgraceful behaviour of Kallis and you have all the makings of a rotten match

  • TheGamerX on May 10, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    " hit an unbeaten 31 off 21 deliveries" Ryan was not unbeaten, he was out for 31..

  • on May 10, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Ten Doeschate got out. He didn't remain unbeaten.

  • Prabhash1985 on May 10, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    Why not experimenting with Mathews sending up in the order? Had he a good partner, could be a different article today.

  • satishchandar on May 10, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    The "Impact player" tag on Yusuf is really a joke.. Compared to Yusuf, Bhatia and Deb Das hits ball longer and also play more deliveries without getting out.. I am pretty damn sure had Bhatia or Das batted at 4/5 like Yusuf, they would have ended up with much higher aggregate in the games and might have made difference to the final score which would have resulted in better results..

    Stubborn management playing Yusuf ONLY because he is paid 2m$ is a poor strategy.. For second year in a row, Gauti is defending Yusuf whereas he turned up ONLY 2 decent performances where he won the games - This year's game was not entirely his own effort.. He just made the chase easier..

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  • satishchandar on May 10, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    The "Impact player" tag on Yusuf is really a joke.. Compared to Yusuf, Bhatia and Deb Das hits ball longer and also play more deliveries without getting out.. I am pretty damn sure had Bhatia or Das batted at 4/5 like Yusuf, they would have ended up with much higher aggregate in the games and might have made difference to the final score which would have resulted in better results..

    Stubborn management playing Yusuf ONLY because he is paid 2m$ is a poor strategy.. For second year in a row, Gauti is defending Yusuf whereas he turned up ONLY 2 decent performances where he won the games - This year's game was not entirely his own effort.. He just made the chase easier..

  • Prabhash1985 on May 10, 2013, 6:37 GMT

    Why not experimenting with Mathews sending up in the order? Had he a good partner, could be a different article today.

  • on May 10, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    Ten Doeschate got out. He didn't remain unbeaten.

  • TheGamerX on May 10, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    " hit an unbeaten 31 off 21 deliveries" Ryan was not unbeaten, he was out for 31..

  • muski on May 10, 2013, 7:11 GMT

    Few more matches like this and IPL will not be able to sustain the viewership. A clash of useless multimillinaire duds who have all the hype but no substance. Add to that the disgraceful behaviour of Kallis and you have all the makings of a rotten match

  • Fan1969 on May 10, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Pune needs a psychiatrist to improve player concentration.

    Secondly, they need to have fewer players in the dressing room so that responsibility is enhanced. Selection should be a matter of pride rather than a policy of rotation and allowing all players to have a go.

    Thirdly, consistent and well thought out selection will help. For example, have an Indian captain. It ensures NO change in captaincy when a player is out of form since the good Indian players will anyway be selected unlike 4/11 for foreigners. Why cannot Uthappa lead if Yuvraj is not willing or burdened? If Kohli and Rohit can lead IPL sides then so can Uthappa. His performance while not spectacular has been reasonable over the years.

    Further, having Smith on the bench for first 4 matches was inexplicable similarly Luke Wright not playing consistently despite his performance is puzzling.

  • Fan1969 on May 10, 2013, 7:17 GMT

    Pune needs a psychiatrist to improve player concentration.

    Secondly, they need to have fewer players in the dressing room so that responsibility is enhanced. Selection should be a matter of pride rather than a policy of rotation and allowing all players to have a go.

    Thirdly, consistent and well thought out selection will help. For example, have an Indian captain. It ensures NO change in captaincy when a player is out of form since the good Indian players will anyway be selected unlike 4/11 for foreigners. Why cannot Uthappa lead if Yuvraj is not willing or burdened? If Kohli and Rohit can lead IPL sides then so can Uthappa. His performance while not spectacular has been reasonable over the years.

    Further, having Smith on the bench for first 4 matches was inexplicable similarly Luke Wright not playing consistently despite his performance is puzzling.

  • StevieS on May 10, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    And yet they will continue to pick Kallis over him as for Pune the sooner they get rid of Mathews and get some quality international players the better.

  • on May 10, 2013, 7:41 GMT

    I just dont know why Gambhir is backing Yusuf Pathan so badly. He hasnt performed from freaking 3 years and still he is in the playing Xi all the time. Time has come to replace him with some other good player like Das in XI.

  • ms2000 on May 10, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    I always thought that it was a mistake not sending mathews to open. he is a good bastsman ( although not a good capiatin!) he needs at least 2-3 overs to set himself and then go for a big score. Pune needs beter thinking with the batting order and bowling changes. Hope they will do beter in the next remaining games with some batting order changes. Good luck to you guys Sri Lankan!