IPL 2013 May 2, 2013

Mathews steps aside as Pune captain

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Five matches since he last made an appearance in the IPL, Angelo Mathews has resigned as the Pune Warriors captain for the season.

"I would like to confirm that I have decided to stand-aside as Pune Warriors franchise captain for the rest of the current season to ensure team leadership continuity," Mathews said in a statement issued to the media prior to the start of Warriors' home game against Royal Challengers Bangalore. "It is in our best interests that the captaincy is not switched frequently as we strive to achieve the best balanced team for each different opponent."

Mathews was appointed the captain for the season after Michael Clarke, the Warriors' first-choice leader, couldn't join the squad due to recurrence of his back injury. Mathews had to be dropped for the Warriors' game against Chennai Super Kings on April 15 since the IPL's restrictions on not allowing Sri Lankan players to participate in the games played in Chennai.

Since then, Mathews has been unable to regain his place in the side. While Ross Taylor led the side in Chennai, he was dropped because, like Mathews, he was also going through a bad patch, despite the team's victory in Chennai. Aaron Finch has led Warriors in the four successive losses since then.

Mathews hinted that despite the team's slide to the bottom of the points table, Finch is expected to lead the side for the remaining six games.

"Given that Aaron (Finch) is likely to play in all our remaining games then it is logical that he continues to be our captain," Mathews said. "I will naturally provide my fullest support at all times to Aaron and my team-mates. I will also continue to work as hard as possible as a player as we all strive to win our remaining matches."

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  • KingOwl on May 2, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    I don't think that Mathews is really out of form. I think it is more to do with the wickets. Mathews loves the Aussie type of wickets, with bounce and the ball coming on to the bat. He generally does not do that will in slow, low, sluggish pitches. Anyway, good decision to step aside. I don't think Angie wanted the captaincy in the first place. Finch will be a better choice since his position is secure. Although his captaincy skills are nothing to crow about.

  • on May 6, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Problem of Pune team is different. This team needs Ganguly. The owner have to show some flexibility.Remember last season they starts very well but due to some horrible performane of Mr. Nehra and injuri of Dinda in crucial time including absence of some good indian players like YUVI , the team lost some very close matches. But the top management were unable to understan those factors.They straight way blamed their captain Ganguly.The management loves to punish captains. I think Mathews is forced to step down as captain, same things happen to Ros Tailor as well. Pune needs magik, not performance.Their management do not understant cricket. Bad luck for DADA. SAHARA---SA(B) HARA

  • HLANGL on May 6, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Mathews has to be developed as a specialist batsman, he has all the right ingredients for that, that should have been his role from the beginning. Using him as an allrounder will only spoil his batting talents as well. He's primarily a batsman who can be used as a utility bowler if the situation demands, he's by no means having enough bowling skills to be considered as a true allrounder. Just check his first class record, a very respectable batting record, still a very humble bowling record with a bowling average which any top order batsman would love to have as his batting average. This guy should be asked to develop as a batsman, just leave his humble bowling aside, the issue will be resolved. First, he has to understand himself and work on developing his batting skills further, I'm sure he will succeed in that department, he's a bowler who can bowl a bit, by no means an allrounder, period.

  • Harmony111 on May 4, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    KingOwl:

    I agree with you. Angelo is not REALLY out of form. He is actually at his PEAK form at the moment, proof is his 2 overs for 23 runs. Can't really recall when he did something of note in any IPL match or for his national team. All I remember is the LOVELY GRACEFUL shot he played to help his team win --- oh sorry--- LOSE the WT20 Final vs WI which incidentally they were playing AT HOME and chasing (Just like India were playing WC 2011 at home and chasing).

    I also agree that based on the way MSD and Angelo performed in these two Finals one can CLEARLY see that Angelo is parsecs ahead of MSD ------- in choking.

  • Sinhaya on May 4, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    Pune players are not performing. Cant blame Mathews at all. Has Finch made a real difference? Clarke's absence is no doubt costly for PWI. Hopefully better luck for Pune next season.

  • SLMaster on May 3, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Pune issue is not Mathews. He has played fairly well. None of Pune players done well. No matter who the captain is, Pune's team combination is no the greatest. Remember team Mahela, Shewag, and Warner in, they are still in the bottom. End of the day some teams has to be bottom no matter how great they are. It is other teams are too good. Pune is better but other teams are at their best.

  • gsingh7 on May 3, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    angelo has been poorest captain in this ipl , his team is at bottom of table. good decision. he dont deserve captaincy ahead of finch

  • Narabavi on May 3, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Not Mathews or Finch,Underperforming big local players (Yuvi,Robin except last knock did nothing to the team & Dinda ) are the main reason for Pune's downfall.

  • on May 3, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    I think all these Pune problems will end, if Yuvraj is made captain (if you know what I mean) :D

  • SidsIPLTeam on May 2, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    I think the captaincy should have gone to Ross Taylor, if none of the Indian players in PWI are ready to captain the side. Agreed Taylor is a foreign player & there's pressure on them to keep performing to stay in the team, more so when the team is losing like PWI. But, the guy is matured & has leadership qualities. I'm sure he's too good a player not to have come back to form given 2 or 3 chances. He won the only match he captained. But, was dropped the very next match due to poor performance. Finch has now shown a few times that a very small mistake can cost the match. Bowling Dinda the last over was one such option. Also, PWI has found out that frequently chopping & changing the side & captains does no good. They should just identify a set of core players, believe in them & keep playing them. Too bad if they aren't able to deliver. But, more often than not, they would. All the best to Pune. Hope they'll be as competitive as they were today & may be win some matches.

  • KingOwl on May 2, 2013, 14:20 GMT

    I don't think that Mathews is really out of form. I think it is more to do with the wickets. Mathews loves the Aussie type of wickets, with bounce and the ball coming on to the bat. He generally does not do that will in slow, low, sluggish pitches. Anyway, good decision to step aside. I don't think Angie wanted the captaincy in the first place. Finch will be a better choice since his position is secure. Although his captaincy skills are nothing to crow about.

  • on May 6, 2013, 16:00 GMT

    Problem of Pune team is different. This team needs Ganguly. The owner have to show some flexibility.Remember last season they starts very well but due to some horrible performane of Mr. Nehra and injuri of Dinda in crucial time including absence of some good indian players like YUVI , the team lost some very close matches. But the top management were unable to understan those factors.They straight way blamed their captain Ganguly.The management loves to punish captains. I think Mathews is forced to step down as captain, same things happen to Ros Tailor as well. Pune needs magik, not performance.Their management do not understant cricket. Bad luck for DADA. SAHARA---SA(B) HARA

  • HLANGL on May 6, 2013, 11:41 GMT

    Mathews has to be developed as a specialist batsman, he has all the right ingredients for that, that should have been his role from the beginning. Using him as an allrounder will only spoil his batting talents as well. He's primarily a batsman who can be used as a utility bowler if the situation demands, he's by no means having enough bowling skills to be considered as a true allrounder. Just check his first class record, a very respectable batting record, still a very humble bowling record with a bowling average which any top order batsman would love to have as his batting average. This guy should be asked to develop as a batsman, just leave his humble bowling aside, the issue will be resolved. First, he has to understand himself and work on developing his batting skills further, I'm sure he will succeed in that department, he's a bowler who can bowl a bit, by no means an allrounder, period.

  • Harmony111 on May 4, 2013, 13:53 GMT

    KingOwl:

    I agree with you. Angelo is not REALLY out of form. He is actually at his PEAK form at the moment, proof is his 2 overs for 23 runs. Can't really recall when he did something of note in any IPL match or for his national team. All I remember is the LOVELY GRACEFUL shot he played to help his team win --- oh sorry--- LOSE the WT20 Final vs WI which incidentally they were playing AT HOME and chasing (Just like India were playing WC 2011 at home and chasing).

    I also agree that based on the way MSD and Angelo performed in these two Finals one can CLEARLY see that Angelo is parsecs ahead of MSD ------- in choking.

  • Sinhaya on May 4, 2013, 3:25 GMT

    Pune players are not performing. Cant blame Mathews at all. Has Finch made a real difference? Clarke's absence is no doubt costly for PWI. Hopefully better luck for Pune next season.

  • SLMaster on May 3, 2013, 14:01 GMT

    Pune issue is not Mathews. He has played fairly well. None of Pune players done well. No matter who the captain is, Pune's team combination is no the greatest. Remember team Mahela, Shewag, and Warner in, they are still in the bottom. End of the day some teams has to be bottom no matter how great they are. It is other teams are too good. Pune is better but other teams are at their best.

  • gsingh7 on May 3, 2013, 9:34 GMT

    angelo has been poorest captain in this ipl , his team is at bottom of table. good decision. he dont deserve captaincy ahead of finch

  • Narabavi on May 3, 2013, 6:31 GMT

    Not Mathews or Finch,Underperforming big local players (Yuvi,Robin except last knock did nothing to the team & Dinda ) are the main reason for Pune's downfall.

  • on May 3, 2013, 5:28 GMT

    I think all these Pune problems will end, if Yuvraj is made captain (if you know what I mean) :D

  • SidsIPLTeam on May 2, 2013, 20:51 GMT

    I think the captaincy should have gone to Ross Taylor, if none of the Indian players in PWI are ready to captain the side. Agreed Taylor is a foreign player & there's pressure on them to keep performing to stay in the team, more so when the team is losing like PWI. But, the guy is matured & has leadership qualities. I'm sure he's too good a player not to have come back to form given 2 or 3 chances. He won the only match he captained. But, was dropped the very next match due to poor performance. Finch has now shown a few times that a very small mistake can cost the match. Bowling Dinda the last over was one such option. Also, PWI has found out that frequently chopping & changing the side & captains does no good. They should just identify a set of core players, believe in them & keep playing them. Too bad if they aren't able to deliver. But, more often than not, they would. All the best to Pune. Hope they'll be as competitive as they were today & may be win some matches.

  • TheMeanMachine on May 2, 2013, 20:50 GMT

    Finch has led the team to 4 successive losses. I wonder if Matthews could do worse than that!

  • andrew27994 on May 2, 2013, 20:15 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks Yeah and this so called overrated player who can't score 100s outside the subcontinent has twice a batting average than any of your middle order batsmen in SL with a much better batting average. Tell me how many matches have SL won from their middle order batsmen.

  • on May 2, 2013, 19:47 GMT

    Mathews MAY not be mature under pressure though he did a wonder at MCG. Even captaining SL may be too much for him. But lets give him a chance in England,

    Ranjan Rodrigo

  • Perera32 on May 2, 2013, 19:29 GMT

    @Metro-ant: It's amazing how 4 or 5 IPL games can make a good player look bad. Mate, why don't you look at Angelo's record in Australia in the last 15 matches he's played there. He is a class allrounder, he showed that with his batting today. A batting Average of 40 is not bad from him in tests, it's better than some T20 specialist players in Test matches too. He was a great bowler in his school days and early career, but his injuries have made him to be a part time bowler. Do you remember his 6 wickets vs India in an ODI, he had about 3 overs left and could've beaten Vaas's 8 wicket record too. He is not an overrated player by any means, he's just going through a bad patch.

  • JamesSmithee on May 2, 2013, 19:22 GMT

    Seriously, dropping Mathews from the captaincy is very good. Mathews is not mature to withstand the pressure of captaining a IPL team ATM. It is go with Finch too. Both of them are very good players but may think too much about planing so losings the focus for batting and bowling. How about making T. Suman as captain ? None of them will get pressured.

  • Dr.Lakson on May 2, 2013, 18:57 GMT

    Another great master stroke by Donald the greatest IPL coach to ask Mathews to resign so that he can allow Finch to continue and keep the PWI at the bottom of the points table.

  • JamesSmithee on May 2, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Dropping Mathews from the captaincy is a good decision since he wasn't able to continue with captaincy pressure. But Finchy is immature too. Hope there is no option rather UV. If Suman is not in this lineup or down to number 7 PWI can be very dangerous. Also I have seen lot of slow starts by Pune. Today they get very good wicket but didn't trying hard when chasing +180. PWI batsmen must utilized the powerplay overs. If you don't want to loose one of your best batsmen don't send him to start. Send Suman and asked him to play aggressive T20 innings rather test inning to be in the side. This match could be win if PWI could scored +15 in first six overs or they could stop leaking runs after 17th of the RCB.

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 2, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    @Metro-ant ; Have you ever heard something called "Miracle at the MCG" ??? That's just one of many Mathews' great innings. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/446957.html. And how do you bring a bit n pieces slogger like Jadeja into the context ? lol Players like him can't even make it to a club team in Sri Lanka. And the biggest over rated player in the world is MS Dhoni who hasn't made a single century out side of sub-continent (not even in SL), if you ask me.

  • on May 2, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Who ever captain's Pune Warriors they will face disappointment as captain. PWI is not playing as unit due to which even they have good team this year were sitting in bottom of the table. Both the matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad they should have won but they batted poorly. Mathews Rash shot made them lose in one game. What ever Mathews is not looking in great form this year in IPL. PWI needed even more great skipper to lift their spirits and I wonder why Yuvi is not taking up the captaincy. Saurav Ganguly was supposed to be mentor but he completed not seen anywhere. Sorry tournament for Mathews and PWI, his resignation does not make any difference to team. May be his personal form will come back and hope so.

  • Metro-ant on May 2, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Honestly Mathews has not really played a big hitting innings like a Jadeja, Symonds, Dhoni, Flintoff nor has he been as good as a bowler as Vaas, Flintoff, Kallis or even Perera, so what is the contribution that he brings to the team? It's definitely not his leadership skills and I don't think giving the excuse that he doesn't like sluggishly slow wickets of Asia because we all saw how he bowled in Australia, so I ask again what is his stand-out attribute? Sure he has potential but so do many other young players in Sri Lanka. I just think he is the most overrated cricketer in world cricket at the moment ahead of Sachitra Senanayake but that's looking at his price value at IPL!

  • on May 2, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    I Don't think he did that bad. Finch is immature.. Come on PWI..

  • SG_Styles on May 2, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    "It is in our best interests that the captaincyis not switched frequently.." "..I will also continue to work as hard as possible as a player as we all strive to win our remaining matches." These lines shows Angelo's dedication n team-man nature. It was no hidden that the captaincy-stress was affecting his performance nor he was comfortable in the role. Now he can play freely as PWI needs Angelo - the allrounder far more than Angelo - the captain.

  • King Maker Niraj on May 2, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    correct & a great decision with the champions trophy coming but it is really unfair 4 games lose two you are sacked what about finch four out of four he continues to be the captain

  • Kamal.Kolandai on May 2, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Y dont they make Yuvi as Captain.. I think he could lead the side better than others... He led Kings XI Punjab in the 1st season to semi finals...

  • Jay.Raj on May 2, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    How is it fair to sack Mathews as captain given him only 4 games to captain in the early stages of game? thats not fair. he was bowling really well and to be honest he only failed in 2 games. other 2 games he was not out!

  • CricketMaan on May 2, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Oh Mathews, when biggies like Ricky, Gilly, SRT, Gauti, Viru and even Mahela and Sanga have failed as skippers...you are excused. I never thought you are a captaincy material, having seen you in SL team. but you certainly are a good all rounder. Good luck with your SL challenges.

  • CricketMaan on May 2, 2013, 14:02 GMT

    Oh Mathews, when biggies like Ricky, Gilly, SRT, Gauti, Viru and even Mahela and Sanga have failed as skippers...you are excused. I never thought you are a captaincy material, having seen you in SL team. but you certainly are a good all rounder. Good luck with your SL challenges.

  • Jay.Raj on May 2, 2013, 14:06 GMT

    How is it fair to sack Mathews as captain given him only 4 games to captain in the early stages of game? thats not fair. he was bowling really well and to be honest he only failed in 2 games. other 2 games he was not out!

  • Kamal.Kolandai on May 2, 2013, 14:15 GMT

    Y dont they make Yuvi as Captain.. I think he could lead the side better than others... He led Kings XI Punjab in the 1st season to semi finals...

  • King Maker Niraj on May 2, 2013, 14:31 GMT

    correct & a great decision with the champions trophy coming but it is really unfair 4 games lose two you are sacked what about finch four out of four he continues to be the captain

  • SG_Styles on May 2, 2013, 14:37 GMT

    "It is in our best interests that the captaincyis not switched frequently.." "..I will also continue to work as hard as possible as a player as we all strive to win our remaining matches." These lines shows Angelo's dedication n team-man nature. It was no hidden that the captaincy-stress was affecting his performance nor he was comfortable in the role. Now he can play freely as PWI needs Angelo - the allrounder far more than Angelo - the captain.

  • on May 2, 2013, 15:20 GMT

    I Don't think he did that bad. Finch is immature.. Come on PWI..

  • Metro-ant on May 2, 2013, 15:42 GMT

    Honestly Mathews has not really played a big hitting innings like a Jadeja, Symonds, Dhoni, Flintoff nor has he been as good as a bowler as Vaas, Flintoff, Kallis or even Perera, so what is the contribution that he brings to the team? It's definitely not his leadership skills and I don't think giving the excuse that he doesn't like sluggishly slow wickets of Asia because we all saw how he bowled in Australia, so I ask again what is his stand-out attribute? Sure he has potential but so do many other young players in Sri Lanka. I just think he is the most overrated cricketer in world cricket at the moment ahead of Sachitra Senanayake but that's looking at his price value at IPL!

  • on May 2, 2013, 16:23 GMT

    Who ever captain's Pune Warriors they will face disappointment as captain. PWI is not playing as unit due to which even they have good team this year were sitting in bottom of the table. Both the matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad they should have won but they batted poorly. Mathews Rash shot made them lose in one game. What ever Mathews is not looking in great form this year in IPL. PWI needed even more great skipper to lift their spirits and I wonder why Yuvi is not taking up the captaincy. Saurav Ganguly was supposed to be mentor but he completed not seen anywhere. Sorry tournament for Mathews and PWI, his resignation does not make any difference to team. May be his personal form will come back and hope so.

  • Baseball-Sucks on May 2, 2013, 16:51 GMT

    @Metro-ant ; Have you ever heard something called "Miracle at the MCG" ??? That's just one of many Mathews' great innings. http://www.espncricinfo.com/ci/engine/current/match/446957.html. And how do you bring a bit n pieces slogger like Jadeja into the context ? lol Players like him can't even make it to a club team in Sri Lanka. And the biggest over rated player in the world is MS Dhoni who hasn't made a single century out side of sub-continent (not even in SL), if you ask me.

  • JamesSmithee on May 2, 2013, 18:05 GMT

    Dropping Mathews from the captaincy is a good decision since he wasn't able to continue with captaincy pressure. But Finchy is immature too. Hope there is no option rather UV. If Suman is not in this lineup or down to number 7 PWI can be very dangerous. Also I have seen lot of slow starts by Pune. Today they get very good wicket but didn't trying hard when chasing +180. PWI batsmen must utilized the powerplay overs. If you don't want to loose one of your best batsmen don't send him to start. Send Suman and asked him to play aggressive T20 innings rather test inning to be in the side. This match could be win if PWI could scored +15 in first six overs or they could stop leaking runs after 17th of the RCB.