Royal Challengers Bangalore v Pune Warriors, IPL 2013, Bangalore April 22, 2013

Who will captain Pune Warriors?

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Match facts

Tuesday, April 23, 2013
Start time 1600 (1030 GMT)

Big Picture

Five of the nine franchises are captained by foreign players, leading to the debate about whether foreign captains are a liability when they don't perform well. Seven games into this tournament, Pune Warriors have already had three captains - Angelo Mathews, Ross Taylor and Aaron Finch (all foreigners). One was an enforced change, with Mathews forced to sit out a game in Chennai, leaving Taylor to lead. However, Mathews' poor form (5 matches, 52 runs, 1 wicket) has upset the team's plans and hence he was left out of Warriors' last game against Kings XI Punjab, handing the captaincy to the inexperienced Aaron Finch.

The leadership crisis hasn't helped Warriors as they stay at No.8 in the points table, above Delhi Daredevils. If Warriors decide to go with an Indian captain, the only logical option is Yuvraj Singh, who returned after missing two games to injury. Ross Taylor didn't feature against Kings XI, in order to accommodate Luke Wright. The questions remain - if not Mathews, who will walk out for the toss in Bangalore? Will they settle on an Indian captain once and for all?

They've been dogged by inconsistency all season. In Mohali, they had the upper hand at the start of the final over with 15 to defend, but Wright's horrid over handed the game to Kings XI. Warriors had positives to draw from the defeat, but against Royal Challengers Bangalore, their bowlers will have to step up.

Royal Challengers are the team with the best home record this season, having not conceded a single game at Chinnaswamy. Their match against Warriors will be their last at home before they embark on a six-matches tour. Their next home fixture is on May 14. Against Rajasthan Royals, their seamers did well to keep the total to an underwhelming 117. The chase was measured, with Chris Gayle scoring a patient 49. It may not have been the most entertaining chase, but Royal Challengers were determined to keep wickets in hand and not choke.

Form guide

(most recent first)

Pune Warriors LLWLW
Royal Challengers Bangalore WWLWW

Players to watch

Saurabh Tiwary was a regular in the Royal Challengers' line-up in 2012 but was missing at the start of this season due to injury. In his first game, against Royals, he scored an unbeaten 25 to steer the side home with Gayle. Gayle was unusually cautious towards the end, but Tiwary's flurry of boundaries hastened Royal Challengers' march. Tiwary could command a regular place going forward. When these teams met at Chinnaswamy last year, Warriors needed to defend 21 off the last over and yet managed to botch it, with Tiwary hitting the final ball for six with three needed.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is Warriors' leading wicket-taker with eight wickets at an economy rate of 6.29, only behind Rahul Sharma (6.03). Against Kings XI, he was the best of the lot, with figures of 4-0-31-1. With Ashok Dinda proving expensive, the burden on Bhuvneshwar to contain the opposition batsmen has only increased. His inswing to the right-handers has been a revelation.

Stats and trivia

  • Aaron Finch has three fifties so far which, along with Michael Hussey, is the most by any foreigner.
  • Virat Kohli needs 39 more for 2000 IPL runs.

Quotes

"All the four fast bowlers are doing well and Zaheer Khan is still not playing. When he comes back, it will be a plus."
Royal Challengers fast bowler and Purple Cap holder Vinay Kumar

Kanishkaa Balachandran is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Felix1025 on April 23, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Please for the sake of Warriors future, re-install Mathews as the Captain. Sure he is not performing with the bat, but he is the best with the leadership qualities out of the lot PW has. The management must give the total power to him and the players must give 100% to the captain. I am sure with players like Samuels, Taylor, Mendis, and Yuvraj PW can do wonders. A Warning to Mathews : You need to be free in your mind regardless what the management is thinking or what will happen tomorrow. Angie : You look pressurised at times, and you need to trust yourself and players. Forget the management, coaches etc, etc. Good luck.

  • Siva_Bala75 on April 23, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    The gap between 'On paper' and 'On field' is huge for Pune; easily the most under performing team. I was trying to select the XI and found it so difficult. Usually it is more difficult when teams perform well and now the team is losing and still the best XI is not easy to select. So, I decided to select the best 7 Indians first and then 'balance' the team with overseas players. To me, the best 7 Indians are: Yuvraj, Bhuvi, Rahul, Uthappa, A Nayar, Dinda + 1. The last could be Ishwar Pandey or Parvez Rasool (Suman and Manish Pandey don't make the cut). If Ishwar Pandey plays then the 4 overseas should be: Finch, Smith, Wright and Samuels. If Rasool plays, then the 4 should be Finch, Smith, Wright and Mathews. However if both ishwar pandey and rasool play and A Nayar is dropped, then the 4 overseas should be: Finch, Smith, Wright and Taylor.

  • Winsome on April 23, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Yuvi can't captain, he seems to just hate the job and gets down on everyone and himself. It's a shame as they really need a local skipper badly, the internationals are not reliable enough.

  • on April 23, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Uthappa, Finch, Smith , Yuvi, Wright , Raiphi Vincent ,Abhishek nair,Wayne parnel , Bhuvaneshwar, Iswar panday,Rahul,

  • tejuravi on April 23, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    my pwi team is luke,finch,yuvaraj,mathews, suman,kane,uthappa,dinda,kumar,parveez,nayar.

    this is the winning combination team

  • Sulaimaan91 on April 23, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    everybody was just focusing on Mathews with the bat, what no one noticed was Mathews' contribution with the ball and on the field.Pune lack a good 5th bowler without Mathews, give him a permanent spot in the team and hope he comes good as batsman because none of his replacements are going to be good enough with the ball which is very important.

  • atul2884 on April 23, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    leave out DINDA DANDA and give chance to Ishwar Pandey

  • on April 23, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    I am a from Pune and I dont believe in the PWI team and team management as its has no single local player playing 11. so no doubt i dont care who are playing and who are not and even dont bother about loss and win of PWI team. SAHARA should understand that at least 1/2 player should be from local vicinity.

  • on April 23, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Pune should first get there local options correct. 3 good fast bowlers is a must and Dinda has lost a few matches for them with his bowling... no other option locally to replace him ?

  • on April 23, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    If Pune goes in with Yuvi as captain and the 4 foreign players being Steve Smith, Luke Wright, Aaron Finch and Wayne Parnell or Tamim Iqbal . The remaining players can be Raiphie Gomez or Parvez rasool in place of Dinda , Bhuvnesh Kumar, Abhishek nayar, T Suman, Rahul Sharma and robin Uthappa, there is a chance of winning . But they need to have a resolve of bowling wicket to wicket with the line and length maintained consistently and field like real champions .

  • Felix1025 on April 23, 2013, 4:59 GMT

    Please for the sake of Warriors future, re-install Mathews as the Captain. Sure he is not performing with the bat, but he is the best with the leadership qualities out of the lot PW has. The management must give the total power to him and the players must give 100% to the captain. I am sure with players like Samuels, Taylor, Mendis, and Yuvraj PW can do wonders. A Warning to Mathews : You need to be free in your mind regardless what the management is thinking or what will happen tomorrow. Angie : You look pressurised at times, and you need to trust yourself and players. Forget the management, coaches etc, etc. Good luck.

  • Siva_Bala75 on April 23, 2013, 4:43 GMT

    The gap between 'On paper' and 'On field' is huge for Pune; easily the most under performing team. I was trying to select the XI and found it so difficult. Usually it is more difficult when teams perform well and now the team is losing and still the best XI is not easy to select. So, I decided to select the best 7 Indians first and then 'balance' the team with overseas players. To me, the best 7 Indians are: Yuvraj, Bhuvi, Rahul, Uthappa, A Nayar, Dinda + 1. The last could be Ishwar Pandey or Parvez Rasool (Suman and Manish Pandey don't make the cut). If Ishwar Pandey plays then the 4 overseas should be: Finch, Smith, Wright and Samuels. If Rasool plays, then the 4 should be Finch, Smith, Wright and Mathews. However if both ishwar pandey and rasool play and A Nayar is dropped, then the 4 overseas should be: Finch, Smith, Wright and Taylor.

  • Winsome on April 23, 2013, 10:02 GMT

    Yuvi can't captain, he seems to just hate the job and gets down on everyone and himself. It's a shame as they really need a local skipper badly, the internationals are not reliable enough.

  • on April 23, 2013, 9:53 GMT

    Uthappa, Finch, Smith , Yuvi, Wright , Raiphi Vincent ,Abhishek nair,Wayne parnel , Bhuvaneshwar, Iswar panday,Rahul,

  • tejuravi on April 23, 2013, 9:46 GMT

    my pwi team is luke,finch,yuvaraj,mathews, suman,kane,uthappa,dinda,kumar,parveez,nayar.

    this is the winning combination team

  • Sulaimaan91 on April 23, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    everybody was just focusing on Mathews with the bat, what no one noticed was Mathews' contribution with the ball and on the field.Pune lack a good 5th bowler without Mathews, give him a permanent spot in the team and hope he comes good as batsman because none of his replacements are going to be good enough with the ball which is very important.

  • atul2884 on April 23, 2013, 9:45 GMT

    leave out DINDA DANDA and give chance to Ishwar Pandey

  • on April 23, 2013, 9:44 GMT

    I am a from Pune and I dont believe in the PWI team and team management as its has no single local player playing 11. so no doubt i dont care who are playing and who are not and even dont bother about loss and win of PWI team. SAHARA should understand that at least 1/2 player should be from local vicinity.

  • on April 23, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    Pune should first get there local options correct. 3 good fast bowlers is a must and Dinda has lost a few matches for them with his bowling... no other option locally to replace him ?

  • on April 23, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    If Pune goes in with Yuvi as captain and the 4 foreign players being Steve Smith, Luke Wright, Aaron Finch and Wayne Parnell or Tamim Iqbal . The remaining players can be Raiphie Gomez or Parvez rasool in place of Dinda , Bhuvnesh Kumar, Abhishek nayar, T Suman, Rahul Sharma and robin Uthappa, there is a chance of winning . But they need to have a resolve of bowling wicket to wicket with the line and length maintained consistently and field like real champions .

  • dakshinap on April 23, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Dindaa is a match winner for opposit team. He have been consitantly conceding more runs. If today he will play, his figures is 4-60-0

  • on April 23, 2013, 9:38 GMT

    PWI have settled out their batting order but their need some good tactics. In previous match, they were going for the kill and take wickets instead of containing the run flow. The tactics need a bit of change.

    PWI should retain Finch, Steve Smith & Luke Wright. The fourth slot should be filled by Ross Taylor. He has scored lot of runs on this ground when he played for RCB in first few seasons.

    For captaincy, Finch could be again or even Robin Uthappa could be tried.

  • ooper_cut on April 23, 2013, 9:30 GMT

    Please do not bring back Mathews, he is a terribly overrated cricketer, does not deserve a place in the PWI playing XI. Luke Wright seems a much better replacement for him. As for captaincy, there is none better than Yuvi, please no Finches and Parrots. Even Dinda could do a better job than them.

  • dakshinap on April 23, 2013, 9:29 GMT

    1. Why the Pune Warriors persisting useless Dinda. Try to give a chance to someone like Iswar pandey, P Rasool. Dinda have been conceding lot of runs. He never learn his mistake. R Uttappa need to play for a big innings with consistantly

    2. Sourabh Tiway's comeback is very good sign and make the for more strong batting lineup. Pankaj should come in place of RP.

  • Edassery on April 23, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Yuvraj Singh, from last two IPLs, seem to have a craving for captaincy. But his body language is so negative when he interacts with other seniors under whom he's forced to play. Basically, under any captain he's not satisfied.

    What about yet another foreigner - Steve Smith? In any case, Pune doesn't seem to have any major goal for this IPL, so...

  • Rohit_06 on April 23, 2013, 9:19 GMT

    Since there is no news about kane richardson i think we will have to include ishwar pandey.... We have spinners in rahul sharma , yuvraj , finch and smith.... Dinda and bhuveneshwar are the only fast bowlers... So ishwar pandey and parvez rasool shud be included...... Finch , uthappa , smith , wright yuvraj , , marsh , bhuvenshwar , dinda , ishwar pandey , rahul sharma , parvez rasool

  • devdevabrata on April 23, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    Gayle got success once in every 2match in this ipl in last match he succeed but not in his style but keeping in mind that factor V K and AB should get responsibilities according to the current match condition they even can't allowed to much rely with their name hope Gayle don't harassed to the fans today but you the RCB mates play like 2 times champion CSK and rock the stadium my best wishes with you bring AMC or dil Shan who ever that player may be should open the innings and Gayle shouldn't play for the crowd he should play for teams prestige and R P should land the ball in right lengths wish you best of luck

  • Slesh on April 23, 2013, 8:59 GMT

    @ Majula B ya i also do think PWI should be consistent.they have to show other teams that they are stable by selecting a permanent captain,aaaand that is MATHEWS!!! he may be a finisher in ODIs.but not in T20s.so he should bat at no 3.that is a MUST!! this is why his record arnt good upto now. you will see how he performes!i personaly dont think luke wright is a good option.he may have had good innings.but remember every day is not sunday!! he simply cant bowl well.so he is useless as a bowler.and to the finishing job smith is more than enough.in the middle overs you have UV.use nayar as a bowler. this should be the line up! 1.Finch 2.Uttappa 3.Mathews 4.Yuvaraj 5.Manhas 6.Smith 7.Nayar 8.Kumar 9.Sharma 10.Mendis 11.Dinda

  • on April 23, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    Warriors have totally messed up with the team selection. Their situation is quite like that was of Deccan Chargers in their first season. Lots of big names but none is given enough time to settle in. Ross Taylor is obviously not in his prime. He isn't doing good for even NZ since a long time. Mathews is an average batsman and a shrewd bowler. But even he is totally new to captaincy and hasn't done anything applaudable as SL captain. On the other hand, Luke Wright was a star at the T20 world cup. Aaron Finch, Steve Smith both are in form players from the Big Bash. Marlon Samuels has had a great 2012 in all formats. These should be the guys PWI should bank on. Similarly, its beyond doubt how Ishwar Pandey, Parvez Rasool haven't being given an opportunity yet. Ishwar being the best bowler and Rasool being the best allrounder. Nayar is useless. Terrible stance with just frontfoot technique. My XI: Finch, Uthappa(WK), Samuels/Smith, Yuvi, Wright, Manish, Rasool, Bhuvi, Ishwar, Mendis, Rahul

  • on April 23, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    Finch, Luke, Marsh & Smith are the best four foreign options for PWI. T-20 is a format of how a captain utilize his resources. Think Smith should more be utilized as a bowler initially a over or two with some practice on nets. Mitchell Marsh is also another exiting all rounder no utilized to potential yet, with Luke and Yuvraj also as an all rounder think this team will destroy anyone at a given day if resources utilized meaningfully

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on April 23, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    The Pune Warriors are like slithering vipers. They strike when you least expect it. RCB are gonna lose today and they won't even know what hit them.

  • adarsh42 on April 23, 2013, 8:34 GMT

    PW players lost their confidence,their momentum in this IPL.They have already played 7 matches,still they couldn't able to select their best XI.PW need another fast bowler in place of Dinda,who didn't perform good according to the expectation.In this situation Smith should be the captain of PW,because he has a good t20 player and very calm player.He has the ability to laed thr PW for long term.

  • on April 23, 2013, 8:25 GMT

    Having a foreign player as the captain is biggest liablility for any team as if they dont find any Indian Leader within them... clearly shows the team management did not do thier job and they are paying the price! No one is performing but sticking to the team just for money --- Mathews, Sanka, Jayawardane, Ponting...

  • BRUTALANALYST on April 23, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    I hope RCB give BARNWELL a game much more exciting than either Christian or Mcdonald

  • Avi56 on April 23, 2013, 8:11 GMT

    Hi All Pune Fans after going thru your comments none of them are suitable for the Match going to be at Bangalore. First of All do not even think of Dropping Dinda and replace him with a spinner. Becos blore's pitch is a fast bowlers paradise giving the seamers wide range of options. It may be good for batsman but mind you it can be a nightmare for them too (match vs RR). Please include Ross Taylor and Steven Smith this match. 1. Ross taylor was in RCB 1st 3 seasons and he was all over the park cos his style of playing is suitable with the dimensions of the ground 2. Steve Smith has played for RCB too..did not have a cap but has warmed benches but also suits his gameplay. Dont think of Spinner which can be taken by Yuvi.I dont see any harm Matthews back in the squad but i feel it should be given over to Yuvi or Steve Smith considering their Captaincy Experience. A finch a good player but cant say the same of his Captaincy. Am an RCB fan but i certainly don like matches going one way.

  • on April 23, 2013, 7:57 GMT

    @Abhishek Suryawanshi-Michael Clark can be a good leader.But he is boring t20 player.Thank god he is not here.Ponting,Tedulkar,Sangakkara,CLARKE all in same boat.Atleast Clarke isn't a member of AUS t20 side.So how can he play for PWI side.

  • on April 23, 2013, 7:51 GMT

    stiven smith is best option for pune for long term. why dinda and abhishek nayer is playing. robin,finch,yuvraj,smith,kumar,rasool,luke wright,marsh,rahul sharma mithun mhinas and 11th man is any fast bowler ...but that is not dinda in my list. yuvi,sharma,rasool and smith is with his leg spin, marsh and kumar as fast bowler and pune have another option like luke. only changes save pune.

  • on April 23, 2013, 7:50 GMT

    My Playing X1 for Pune will be 1.Finch 2.Uttappa 3.Uv 4.Mathews 5.Steve Smith 6.Pandey 7.Nayar 8.B Kumar 9.Rahul Sharma 10.Kane richedson 11.Dinda

  • on April 23, 2013, 7:49 GMT

    All the playing 10 peoples support should be given to mathews.. The management shouldnt mess around with changing captains all the time, which will harm the confidence and the self belief of the entire team. Mathews has been and will be a great captain. He has shown it before also. Captaining the team is not about ones personal perfomance, its more about how he take controle of the thing in the middle and off the feild and take his team to a win,,, and sticking all players together,.. Theres nobody else better for the job except for Mathews in the PWI squad.. End of story...

  • on April 23, 2013, 7:44 GMT

    After what I have seen so far, anyone but Mathews. He was average as a captain against a team like Bangladesh and has completely failed as a Captain and a player in IPL. I wish Michael Clarke was fit, a true leader.But since he's not, Finch showed his inexperience in last so he should be relieved off captaincy, lest he loses his form. Taylor has been terrible as a batsman, he should stay in dug-out. The best choice would be Yuvraj. He led KXIP to most no. of matches in IPL-1. He knows his uncapped young Indian players, biggest and most experienced name in this team. He could also pick best possible 11 players. My playing 11 would be - 1. Aaron Finch 2. Robin Uthappa (WK) 3. Yuvraj Singh (C) 4. Luke Wright 5. Steve Smith 6. Abhishek Nayar 7. Wayne Parnell (Pick this man already!) 8. Parvez Rasool 9. Rahul Sharma 10. Bhuvneshwar Kumar 11. Ashok Dinda/Ishwar Pandey/Wagh

  • ashangamage on April 23, 2013, 7:42 GMT

    Pune have No Team Work Scene Start Of IPL 2013 Captains Are alone.Please Look@ Sunrisess

  • on April 23, 2013, 7:32 GMT

    Pune undoubtedly has the best batting line up in this IPL .. n with Mathews not playing they end up playing with 3 front line bowlers in B Kumar, Dinda n Rahul Sharma!!.. Thats where RCB might take advantage today!

  • Haleos on April 23, 2013, 7:23 GMT

    Vinay Kumar calling himself a fast bowler lol. Vinay you are just a bit faster than Kumble the Jumbo. Come down to earth.You are medium pacer of medium pacers. Warriors should send mattews n taylor home. Will save money on travel and accomodation. Yuvi should captain and Finch in his absense. They do not seem to be playing as a team. Only Bangalore n Chennai are teams who look like a unit.

  • on April 23, 2013, 7:20 GMT

    Obviously Mathews or they can appoint 11 different captains for remaining matches just to show they mean business.

  • Triplek on April 23, 2013, 7:02 GMT

    If Pune wanna win...dinda should be left and bring in rasool or I Pandey

  • PerfectTen on April 23, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    I sincerely hope AB keeps the wickets to relieve Arun Karthik from hereon. The honeymoon for RCB is over as after this match, they have 6 consecutive away matches and they need to strengthen their batting desperately. If not Rahul, they should try out Vijay Zol in this match and the rest of the squad should remain the same from the match against RR. With Vijay in, they will have 3 each of Left and Right Hand batsmen and that could be an added advantage. Also, in place of Murali Karthik, they should go for Syed Mohd. as he's a brilliant fielder and can be handy with the bat at the end. As for Pune, once again they need to take the bold decision to let Matthews sit and have Finch/Smith lead. Ideally, they should ask Yuvi to lead as having an overseas captain brings in more constraints than any edge - just look at how MI, KXIP & SRH are struggling.

  • on April 23, 2013, 6:56 GMT

    its very tough to see some one is supporting mathews and they say he will perform y not dada.

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 23, 2013, 6:53 GMT

    @r0adrunn3r ; Pls don't be so ignorant. Just go n read the comment Posted by KallisTheGreatest on (April 23, 2013, 2:20 GMT). You will see what I'm talking about.

  • AmolManave on April 23, 2013, 6:52 GMT

    PWI's current team is good.. but i feel manhas should be dropped and Parvej Rasool replace him. And yes.. Enough chance is given to mathews... underperforming foreign player captain is a Big big NO.

  • Gunapala on April 23, 2013, 6:51 GMT

    Surely Mathews.Change the captain is not a good idea.It is a negative approach for team.team.Look at KXI side.Giily hasn't performed well so far.But he still stays as a captain without any contribution.And the team has succeeded.Ponting as well.Bring back Mathews as a captain.

  • RuwanFer on April 23, 2013, 6:36 GMT

    Mathews is not a T20 material. And especially for these kind of domestic tournaments where slow bowlers are dominating and with short boundaries in most grounds, you need batsmen with a very simple -see the ball, hit the ball- approach for the lower middle order. Thisara Perera and Luke Wright are prime examples.

    It was a poor decision to make him the captain. Now as usual Pune all messed up like previous editions.

  • navodayachallengers on April 23, 2013, 6:30 GMT

    well y warriors are not letting parnell in if want to add some lethal combination with bhuvneshwar ,they kept him on bench for nothing ,he can be deadly in death overs too,well i want pune win coz they dont deserve in bottom.the combinatiion for pune should be finch,luke,smith and wayne(overseas).keep matthews out of the game literally while captaining the team he seems pretending like a rat....go win warriors this game is urs

  • on April 23, 2013, 6:29 GMT

    Yeah i too Agree with Mr.Prabin Dahal ,Smith should had been selected.he is a true leader and a gr8 opening batsman..And Pune as done one mistake by Leaving Out WAYNE PARNEL..the superb S.A allrounder.He has taken Aroun 20 wickets in S.A domestic t20 tournament.so plz bring in WAYNE PARNELL...

  • on April 23, 2013, 6:11 GMT

    to day match captain yuvraj

  • andrew27994 on April 23, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    Pune should bring in Richardson for Mendis because RCB have a quality batting lineup so Mendis has 0% of bamboozling them. PWI need a bowler who not only picks up wickets but can bowl well at the death. Also I think Samuels should be given another chance because he could be useful bowling to Gayle as he probably would know the way Gayle plays and where to bowl to him. Only problem is that Finch, Smith and Wright have all been in top form so it seems unlikely he will get his chance.

    RCB can afford to play Dilshan again because PWI dont have a very strong batting lineup but ideally Rampaul and Murali should be preferred because of RCB's bowling attack

  • Makg on April 23, 2013, 6:08 GMT

    Hope the Mr. Donald's make up his mind for an indian captain who can use his resources more confidently and wisely. Removing Yuvraj after one six and keeping Rahul sharma's one over for the next match, shows the inexperience of Finch. but it also shows the Problems in the PWI management, as they are not interested in Yuvraj singh's captaincy, who had lead to KXIP to a 9 straight wins in the first season, taken 2 hat tricks in second season for keeping his team in hunt. If PWI wanna win, Make UV captain..

  • sweet2hrme on April 23, 2013, 5:56 GMT

    Pune u Plz follow my surely u can upset RCB. 1. First win the toss bat second as it hard defend any target in Banglore 2. Ur 4 overseas player shld be Finch, Luke Rite, Samuels, Marsh 3. As ground is small and its full of runs u must drop Mendis and Smith pick Samuels and Marsh both r gud hitter and can bowl 4. Try to bowl as many overs frm ur faster(luke, marsh, bhuvi, dinda) 5. Play aggressive as this is best wicket to bat, lots of runs All the best pune its tough to beat RCB as they hv very best batting and very decent bowling attack(all most all seamers) Nevertheless all the best Pune..

  • on April 23, 2013, 5:35 GMT

    The playing Eleven has to be selected based on the Playing Conditions, Opp. strength & Weakness and Own strength. Especially while playing away games; this should be d strategy n then pick individuals who could execute the plans for that particular game. For eg; today's game is at Bangalore and opp is RCB. One wouldn't want to play too many spinners here; and everyone knows if you could get Gayle and Kohli cheap, you have very good chance to win. And also Banglore is a ground which is very difficult to defend a total. Now, the 1st step; right team combination. 5 Batsmen + 1 AR + 1 Wk + 4 Bowlers would be ideal. 2nd step, Choose bowlers. PWI made a big mistake by not keeping Alfonso Tomas. Anyways, from d available resources, the best is Kumar, Ishwar Pandey, Richardson and R Sharma. The reamining slots in the following order; Uthappa (WK), Finch (C), Smith, Yuvraj, L. Wright, Mithun Manhas and Parvez Rasool (AR).(Rasool deserves a chance in place of A Nayar)

  • on April 23, 2013, 5:29 GMT

    Why South african greatest leader GRAEME SMITH has not been selected for this season he might captain the side and opens the innings as well.He knows every trick to win the matches as he is doing for south africa.Opening Edition of IPL 2008 what a platform he provided to royals with the bat....

  • on April 23, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    Alternatively as Indians would obviously love a local captain why not Yuvi or Utappa and let foreign players concentrate on performance.

  • on April 23, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    they have to go with finchy....who said he is inexperienced? ..just look at previous match captaincy not even affect his game

  • on April 23, 2013, 5:20 GMT

    Whoever is going to captain his place should be assured for the tournament. Let Pune decide whether it is MAthews, Talyor or Uttappa or even Yuvi and stick to that. Rotating captains unsettles all possible captains.

  • Htc-Android on April 23, 2013, 5:17 GMT

    Lets be honest mathews should be kept out of the side for tomorrow. He was economical with the ball but with the bat he is out of form. We dont want to see these people blaming mathews for everything. If the team loses under mathews. His captaincy will be blamed. But if they lose under a different captain. Then the credit will be go to the opponent.

  • paawanchamps on April 23, 2013, 5:10 GMT

    The problem with pune is thier death bowling.. Again they lost due to it. I think finch wright smith are right bating options abhove all and thier 4th oversess player shud only be richardson ..who is great bowler at depth.. And y u picked manhas play rasoll who is more of a allrounder.

  • on April 23, 2013, 5:06 GMT

    They didn't kept faith in Captain, Dhoni and Kohli both got out hitting same'rash' shot when they chasing. but both teams were able to chase down with the help of lower order batsmen. In fact Mathews had to play that shot regarding the first game he waited and saw lower order getting out without leaving him a chance to face a ball. When you pressurized your captain too much off the field you only get this. For and example Gilchrist and MJ are just looking established and threatening because they sticked to their strategies. SRH won because of Mishra and Stayn, not any expertism or performance by White.

  • spirit_cric on April 23, 2013, 5:04 GMT

    Mathews led 2 t20s against AUS in AUs and won both of them early this yr.So mathews is the rihgt captain for PUNE.He has taken 1 wicket but take a loom @ his economy rate. He can bowl 4 overs under 30 runs any stage of the game.This will add huge balance 2 the team. So please make mathews as captain.Use internataional experienced resorses properly.

  • Tasha7 on April 23, 2013, 5:03 GMT

    Matthews is admittedly not in the best of forms and sadly, neither is Ross Taylor. So far, Finch and Steve Smith are the only ones who've performed well...captaincy however, requires maturity, experience, and cool-headed thinking during pressure situations, so both Matthews and Taylor would be better there... As for poor form, it can always be resolved by one good performance... who knows perhaps Matthews/Taylor will play well today... Why isn't an Indian captain being chosen though- Yuvraj Singh for instance. He has not been in good nick, but he's still in the playing eleven so why not make him the captain...he has done so in the past.

  • Konga on April 23, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Utthapa r Yuvi shld be d captain for pune n i am wondering why parnell is not selected in playing 11. my playing 11 would be Utthapa,Yuvi,Finch,LWright,Mpandey,Smith,Parnell,B kumar,R sharma,Dinda,A Nayar.....

  • nkoch on April 23, 2013, 4:42 GMT

    Pune Warriors will win today. They lose to average sides but beat the giants. Just ask Chennai and RR. Keep same team, make Steve Smith the captain. No Mathews, please.

  • Tal_Botvinnik on April 23, 2013, 4:39 GMT

    @SInhaya: Please stop this baseless comments. I don't want to see M Vandort, U Tharanga, Kandamby....If you want watch them play you can watch the SLPL or something else.

  • Superstar_Salman_Khan on April 23, 2013, 4:27 GMT

    Last match Mendis leaked too many runs against KXIP. Gave away 38 odd runs in 4 overs. That's pathetic. Some r talking abt. field placings. It is the plan bowler and Captain makes before bowling. If you are not bowling according to field settings. You will get hammered.

    Mendis shld realize he is one of the 4 overseas plaer, so it is his responsibility to lead the bowling attack. Finch did good job in last match, by bringing Mendis in power play, plan worked and Azhar Mahmood was on his way back but after that he was not bowling according to the fielding set by himself n the captain.

    Too many problems for PWI with overseas players.

    Seriously I thnk Matthews is the most dependable all-rounder in SL team who gives much needed balance to whichever team he plays for.

    But it is a huge setback for PWI that he is in poorest form of his life. Not picking wickets. Not scoring runs. So he was dropped.

    wld be inetersting to see their playing XI and who is the captain is, in 2day's match.

  • on April 23, 2013, 4:20 GMT

    Pune Warriors is one of the examples of poor Management. Sindney teams from Big Bash Leage were another example. These teams have a lot of resources, but do not have any idea how to use those. Neither they have a commanding/motivating leadership nor have any clear picture about the responsibility of an individual. Most of the players are not 100% sure that they will be in the final eleven; and when they do get an opportunity, they would be playing with a lot of pressure. The so called Management have to make things simple and straight. Call each individual and make him understand his responsibilities in the team. Let him think about it and it is his/that individuals responsibility to find ways to make things happen. Hours of team-meeting or Strategic planning will be waste of time especially in T20 Cricket. You need to have a clear and fast thinking Brains to get the right outcome.

  • on April 23, 2013, 3:47 GMT

    @r0adrunn3r ,, not only mendis mate as a whole he is weak against sri lanka... Gayle against sri lanka in ODI M16 Run371 Aver 24 in T2os mat 4 Runs 74 True on a flat track he had a good test innings against sri lanka 3oo... but stil average 36 against them ...if you just remove that innind It wi say Mat10 In17 runs 251 Aver..15... yeah he is a destructive batsman but not against Sri lanka.. STats talk ya To be honest Mathews Samulels And Taylor all out of form... combination in last match is better for PWI.... but Not the captain... Give it to Smith...

  • ifrakurshid on April 23, 2013, 3:32 GMT

    y uraj singh appears to be a better choice for pune to lead the team with angelo methew playing for the team including ross taylor they should perform wel without the load of leadership though its too late but something is worth trying for left overmatches.

  • on April 23, 2013, 3:14 GMT

    Mathews must be in the playing XI and lead the team. cant estimate him by his poor performances in the earlier matches. he is the only best talented finisher in the Pune team for sure.

  • KallisTheGreatest on April 23, 2013, 2:20 GMT

    Agree with @Baseball-Sucks, Gayle is clueless against Mendis so far.He was plumb infront of the wicket 4, 5 times against him.Itz not a bad move to stick with him atleast for today's match.But Gayle is a different batsman in IPL.Can't predict anything.& their are Kohli, AB & specially Dilshan,who knows about him more than anyother.

  • _Dev on April 23, 2013, 1:47 GMT

    @GrindAR you got to be kidding me.. FYI only 4 overseas players can be included in playing XI

    You lineup includes 1. Kane/Parnell 2. Marlon Samules 3. Steve Smith 4. Luke Wright and the bonus fifth player Aaron Finch.. :) And this comment is the featured one? Give me a break please..

  • on April 23, 2013, 1:27 GMT

    The squad that played against Kings XI, looked the most balanced one that PWI has got in 3 years. There is no place for Marlon & Mathews, as other players are of more utility then these two. Kane Richardson should get a chance, as PWI needs a genuine quickie to fire in the yorkers at the death. How ever logic says that, there should not be any chopping and changing now ,as the team has began to jell & in the next season would be a force to reckon with.

  • tcs007 on April 23, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    @brokeNCYDE i dont know much about the other sri lankans.but Dilshan is a key part of the RCB batting line up and we are glad to have him.When he doesn't contribute with the bat,he pitches in with his fantastic efforts in the field.Plus as a former captain of Sri Lanka,he is a highly experienced and thinking cricketer who can offer his advice to the young Kohli.So before u call someone an "EPIC FAIL",kindly look at their allround contributions as well.

  • on April 23, 2013, 1:14 GMT

    @brokeNCYDE: Tell that to Sunrisers Hydrabad and ask who is the one player they wanna keep out of all.And Malinga may not have taken a lot of wickets, but he was the most economical of bowlers in MI's last game as well. I wonder did you noticed how Mathews bowled for PWI. yes he failed with the bat, but he bowled decently when their main bowlers went for plenty. But his place is still questionable because he failed with the bat. I don't think any of these guys will fall in tom your so called "Epic fails category". so watch the games and check the facts before you talk please.

  • Deepak_Toronto on April 23, 2013, 1:11 GMT

    Utthapa should be Captain.Warriors should include Parvez Rasool in place of Rahul Sharma and Parnell in place of Mendis.

  • huffpost on April 23, 2013, 1:06 GMT

    Pune should replace Rahul sharma with rasool.. That's the only change needed....pls don't bring back Mathews .. He is useless now..

  • Dravid_Pujara_Gravitas on April 23, 2013, 1:04 GMT

    Anybody other than that batless-talentless-wonderboy Mathews will do a good job. And above all they won't be a liability like that trundler Mathews guy. Lol....Just kick him out of PWI squad altogether and put him up for sale on Quickr ala Akmal, Gibbs and Bopara. Quickrrrrr...Quickrrrr...Lol...

  • on April 23, 2013, 0:58 GMT

    I think if AB or Dilshan agrees to keep wickets,RCB can bring Pujara in for Arun Karthick to strengthen the batting line up even more,

  • r0adrunn3r on April 23, 2013, 0:12 GMT

    @ Baseball-Sucks I remember the test when Mendis bowled against India and many were baffled by his bowling but now he is just another spinner, and that is all he IS. "Gayle can't play Mendis" ? I really hope they pick mendis tomorrow , would love to see him thrashed around the park.

  • class9ryan on April 22, 2013, 23:30 GMT

    Marlon Samuels batted well at this venue last year. Maybe we see him today.

  • NIPPY_89 on April 22, 2013, 23:29 GMT

    Sinhya you are being silly. You are just saying teams should play because they are Sri Lankan. Only thisara perera has been in good form so far.

  • GrindAR on April 22, 2013, 23:03 GMT

    Game Plan 4 PWI.

    Fielding: Start with Bhuvanesh + Kane/Parnell (PP) (4 Overs) Marlon + Rahul (4 Overs) Marlon/Kane/Parnell (4 Overs) Rahul + S.Smith (5 Overs) S.Smith + Bhuvanesh (3 Overs)

    (Use Yuvi in case in anyone did not click. Purely for break throughs if needed)

    Batting Order: Looks good almost. But send in Luke Wright, when a wicket falls after 10th over, if he is not already in. Smith can actually open with Aaron Finch. Reserving Uthappa for last 6-7 overs. He would do a fair bit of exploiting at that stage. But he is so far decent at his current position.

    For Gayle and Kohli. Keep the ball low and inswing. For ABDe - Slow Leg Break

    I would like to see a clicking PWI as the resources are badly used except for CSK match.

    To avoid getting free advices like this, Hand the rein to Rossi, sit back and enjoy RCB being checked out brilliantly.

  • SurlyCynic on April 22, 2013, 22:30 GMT

    I don't understand this debate about 'foreign' captains being bad, I think the best player should be chosen regardless of whether they are Indian or foreign.

    The reality is that in this format it's easy to fail for 2/3 games, and then your place will be questioned, so it's tough for any captain. Guys like Kohli and Gambhir are doing well so there is no question of their captaincy, but last year Kohli was out of form and it was different. Remember the Ganguly situation last year? Very similar to the Sangakarra situation this year - just like Sanga he eventually stood down.

    A Captain needs to be absolutely certain of his place in his team and hope he stays in form! With so many international captains in the IPL it is understandable that a few were given the role in the IPL, so now questions are asked of those out of form. But if Sehwag and Tendulkar were captains this year people would be questioning them too. The key is to stand down if your form is really bad (Gilly next?)

  • on April 22, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    i think mathews can give them good chance to play in playoff stage ,his well talented and he know how to change the flield in each and every over ,they should play with samuels and mendis too

  • on April 22, 2013, 22:06 GMT

    Play kane richardson instead of mendis. Kane is a fantastic bowler at the end of the innings and can hit massive sixes. Leave finch as captain!

  • Nampally on April 22, 2013, 21:23 GMT

    Yuvraj singh should be the skipper as long as he is fit & healthy. Putting Foreign players to lead PW is a No-Brainer!. PW team should be something like: Uthapa, Finch, Taylor, Yuvraj, Smith, Nayar, Rasool, Kumar, Dinda, Sharma, Parnell. Use Kumar & parnell in Death overs. Play as a team PW will win. All this non sense about foreign captains is carrying PW no where.

  • on April 22, 2013, 21:07 GMT

    Don't judge Finch by just one hairline failure. However, in my opinion, it's always better to have an Indian captain and Uthappa is the best solution. Unlike Yuvi, he's been consistently fit and has performed pretty well over last 3 seasons for PWI. It's never a good idea to fix a certain overseas player in a team by giving him captaincy.

  • imJoheb on April 22, 2013, 20:58 GMT

    @Sinhya all the Lankan players should be dropped as they are of no use! Only there was a single good performance from Mahela.. that's all from the Lankans IPL got this year...Malinga.Angelo,Dilshan so on and on are EPIC FAILs

  • imJoheb on April 22, 2013, 20:54 GMT

    @Sinhya haha lankans are doing nothing!!

  • Baseball-Sucks on April 22, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    PWI should go with Mendis coz Gayle can't play Mendis. In T20 WC last year, Gayle was clueless facing Mendis. They can use Mendis to get Gayle out up front. But an experienced skipper should lead the team coz last time Finch had no idea how to set the field for Mendis.

  • Anubhav-the-Experience on April 22, 2013, 20:40 GMT

    Their main captain M. clarke is missing...No one can be a successful captain of morally destroyed team.

  • dimitri1234 on April 22, 2013, 20:39 GMT

    Rasool in for Manhas .Got to have more options in bowling death overs.Dinda is good option but Pune need someone alongside him .Either Mitch marsh or Alfanso Thomas(if he is fit) . I dnt mind playing marlon samuels to attack gayle upfront .

  • sathu077 on April 22, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    @ Sinhya ..Mate i guess you dint read this article..it says "Mathews' poor form (5 matches, 52 runs, 1 wicket) has upset the team's plans"..+ bring back Mascharenhas as he is of srilankan heritage..judge a player by his talent and form..not by his origin.. so dont be just a srilankan and see IPL.. just support good cricket..

  • viru-319-219 on April 22, 2013, 20:27 GMT

    @Retan Jogi ... Ur spot on mate.. No body in the team looks like they have a role in the team. Nayar at 8 is he a hitter, he didn't even clear 30 yard circle in any match. If they need some one to anchor the innings at the top it can be pandey.

    I am really missing free flowing Uthappa, Playing for RCB he used to walk in at 5 and irrespective of the situation used to score at a strike rate over 150, He single handedly turned games in favor of RCB with his Pull shots and slog sweeps over mid wicket.

    Uthappa walking down the pitch and hitting the bowlers over their head,over mid on, over mid off , it was just treat to watch.

    Where is that brutal strokemaker, I want uthappa to walk in at 5 and just take the attack to opposition

  • viru-319-219 on April 22, 2013, 19:46 GMT

    Well Well Well Battle between most inconsistent side and almost settled side......

    RCB has got its combination right, return of pujara (If he does in future) only means adding strength to middle order. This team has the most fearsome top order with and bowlers also look settled.

    On other side is the team with good bunch of players and none of 'em performing to their potential.

    Pune should stick with Finch as Captain as there is no better replacement. I think Mendis should be replaced with parnell as RCB batsmen are international stars and they are more than capable of handling Mendis, Parnell brings in extra pace which may get them Gayle's wicket early in the innings and also with Dinda no way near his best they can try Ishwar pandey but there is risk involved with it. No changes with the batting,slowly they are getting into their groove but I would like to see some Intent after the Power play. Both Finch and Uthappa are slowing down turning a superb start into just a good one.

  • Htc-Baseball on April 22, 2013, 19:37 GMT

    RCB can use the deadly combo of Dilshan and Murali to win them games easily, Dilshan can score 100's easily in this format and murali can take 3 or 4 wickets in every match

  • Htc-Baseball on April 22, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Punjab has to bring back Mascharenhas as he is of srilankan heritage, he can provide the vital breakthroughs and big sixes to help punjab win tomorrow!!

  • Htc-Baseball on April 22, 2013, 19:33 GMT

    Pune needs Matthews and Mendis if they want to win something, they should drop Steve Smith and bring in matthews, only our lankan players can provide that spark which has been missing for pune

  • beven on April 22, 2013, 19:31 GMT

    Better not to go with ANGELO ......YUK he is horrible.......STEVE SMITH a gud option,..unfortunately SL has no part in this year IPL so far.....AARON is too inexperienced for this kind of tensed BIG EVENTS.

  • CricketAkshay on April 22, 2013, 19:18 GMT

    shansree - You are wrong buddy. He hasn't been doing the job with the bat, though, a good little cameo came from him against Kings XI. Yuvraj is the best option

  • on April 22, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    I think Finch/Luke wright/steve smith/bhuvneshwar/yuvaraj/uthappa should not be disturbed and have to play all the matches of the tournament for PWI others can be rotated.

  • sweetspot on April 22, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Please honour Yuvi and make him the captain. If he's fired up, he can do wonders and he reads the game as well as anybody else out there. Now that he's a certainty to feature in every game, it will lend some stability to PWI.

  • on April 22, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Darren Sammy? Worlds T20 Champions Captain? Maybe? haha

  • on April 22, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    the problem with pune warriors is their 3/4th players. they dont have any clarity. Mathews is he a batsmen who can bowl are a bowler who can bat?? is Steve smith a batting allrounder or bowling allrounder?? is luke wright is a batting allrounder or genunine allrounder like fllintof?? finch is a complete batsmen. thats the problem is with pune they dont know what a player role is. they jst want to be strong on paper. they send nayer at 8 and he wont even bowl 1over when team is searching for bowlers. then why is he in the team?? then comes utthappa is he playing a hitting role or anchor role?? know one knows about their responsibilites there they comes they bat they go they comes they bowl and nd go there is no intensity. finch,wright,smith nd richardson or parnell will be a good combo. buvi,dinda,rahul,richardson will be their front line bowlers. use yuvi,nayer as fifth bowler nd finch,smith,wright as parttimers in case needed. finch is the right man to lead pune

  • RanjithJoy on April 22, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    RCB is clearly a top 2 side this season. If only their batting had a little more depth, they would be the best hands down! Would love to see ABDV do wicket keeping for a game and add an extra batsman. Hope Pujara and Mayank are fit and they could take a spot. Go RCB!

  • DeekshaSpeaks on April 22, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Stevie Smith captained Sydney in the Big Bash. Plus he's in form and clearly is a player with great leadership potential, why not give him a go? Plus, at no. 8 the Warriors have nothing to lose.

  • on April 22, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Does PWI got the bowlers to stop RCB power hitting ? if RCB is capable of scoring around 200, that's impossible for PWI even with their best batters

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on April 22, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    I think Aaron Finch should stay captain. The three overseas batsmen are the best they have. The only change they should have is to get Kane Richardson in for Ajantha Mendis. Richardson could be a great death bowler with his yorkers and it would take some pressure off of Bhuvneshwar who can bowl the majority of his overs upfront.

  • Muruganantham.K.Mani on April 22, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    It would be very interesting to see who would be the captain in tomorrow's match. Looking at the current line up, Pune warriors does have a good line up which can compete well against other teams.

    Aaron Finch may be the choice to move on at least for this season as changing the captain frequently would demoralize the team and would allow the team to move on with 11 captain's to plan and execute which would be the nightmare. One has to given a few matches under his belt before being thrown out of captaincy. Angelo Mathews can't be a good leader in this time given that he has already failed and forced management to take a different route.

    So the better bet at this time is to allow Aaron Finch to continue and carry on for this season which is looking like a wise decision to move on.

  • shansree on April 22, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    I would go for Robin Uttappa for PWI Caption

  • shansree on April 22, 2013, 18:45 GMT

    I would go for Robin Uttappa for PWI Caption

  • Muruganantham.K.Mani on April 22, 2013, 18:51 GMT

    It would be very interesting to see who would be the captain in tomorrow's match. Looking at the current line up, Pune warriors does have a good line up which can compete well against other teams.

    Aaron Finch may be the choice to move on at least for this season as changing the captain frequently would demoralize the team and would allow the team to move on with 11 captain's to plan and execute which would be the nightmare. One has to given a few matches under his belt before being thrown out of captaincy. Angelo Mathews can't be a good leader in this time given that he has already failed and forced management to take a different route.

    So the better bet at this time is to allow Aaron Finch to continue and carry on for this season which is looking like a wise decision to move on.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on April 22, 2013, 18:52 GMT

    I think Aaron Finch should stay captain. The three overseas batsmen are the best they have. The only change they should have is to get Kane Richardson in for Ajantha Mendis. Richardson could be a great death bowler with his yorkers and it would take some pressure off of Bhuvneshwar who can bowl the majority of his overs upfront.

  • on April 22, 2013, 19:00 GMT

    Does PWI got the bowlers to stop RCB power hitting ? if RCB is capable of scoring around 200, that's impossible for PWI even with their best batters

  • DeekshaSpeaks on April 22, 2013, 19:03 GMT

    Stevie Smith captained Sydney in the Big Bash. Plus he's in form and clearly is a player with great leadership potential, why not give him a go? Plus, at no. 8 the Warriors have nothing to lose.

  • RanjithJoy on April 22, 2013, 19:06 GMT

    RCB is clearly a top 2 side this season. If only their batting had a little more depth, they would be the best hands down! Would love to see ABDV do wicket keeping for a game and add an extra batsman. Hope Pujara and Mayank are fit and they could take a spot. Go RCB!

  • on April 22, 2013, 19:12 GMT

    the problem with pune warriors is their 3/4th players. they dont have any clarity. Mathews is he a batsmen who can bowl are a bowler who can bat?? is Steve smith a batting allrounder or bowling allrounder?? is luke wright is a batting allrounder or genunine allrounder like fllintof?? finch is a complete batsmen. thats the problem is with pune they dont know what a player role is. they jst want to be strong on paper. they send nayer at 8 and he wont even bowl 1over when team is searching for bowlers. then why is he in the team?? then comes utthappa is he playing a hitting role or anchor role?? know one knows about their responsibilites there they comes they bat they go they comes they bowl and nd go there is no intensity. finch,wright,smith nd richardson or parnell will be a good combo. buvi,dinda,rahul,richardson will be their front line bowlers. use yuvi,nayer as fifth bowler nd finch,smith,wright as parttimers in case needed. finch is the right man to lead pune

  • on April 22, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Darren Sammy? Worlds T20 Champions Captain? Maybe? haha

  • sweetspot on April 22, 2013, 19:14 GMT

    Please honour Yuvi and make him the captain. If he's fired up, he can do wonders and he reads the game as well as anybody else out there. Now that he's a certainty to feature in every game, it will lend some stability to PWI.

  • on April 22, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    I think Finch/Luke wright/steve smith/bhuvneshwar/yuvaraj/uthappa should not be disturbed and have to play all the matches of the tournament for PWI others can be rotated.