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

Amol Karhadkar

March 31, 2013

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Allan Donald with a rugby ball at cricket practice, Cape Town, October 10, 2011
Allan Donald says he wants Pune Warriors' players "to be part of the team and helping each other out" © Getty Images
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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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Posted by   on (April 5, 2013, 17:13 GMT)

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

Posted by adarsh42 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.

Posted by ani100 on (April 1, 2013, 14:33 GMT)

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

Posted by Surajrises 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.

Posted by rdr_1019 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.

Posted by panikatturaja 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............

Posted by Sayed_Fawaz 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..

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