Pune v Mumbai, IPL 2013, Pune May 11, 2013

Warriors an example of how not to bat

Pune Warriors have been listless with the bat and on the field, but where does the franchise go from here?
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This is what some weak sides do in an ODI chase, when they know they have been batted out of the game and have no hope of winning. They try and bat out their 50 overs, without showing too much intent to go after the target. This may sound incongruous in the times of Twenty20, it is still not easy to throw your bat around for 50 overs at a stretch.

Is this approach possible in a T20 chase, when say, you have been batted into oblivion by Chris Gayle? Maybe you can be forgiven for backing off if the opposition opener makes 175 off 66 and you go into the break knowing, as does everyone present at the ground, that chasing 264 in 20 overs is just not happening.

But taking the same approach when batting first in a T20? At your home ground? With absolutely nothing to lose, having already lost 11 of 13 games in the season? In their three years of existence, Pune Warriors have done their best to show that the concept of Twenty20 as fast-paced entertainment was sold to the world without watching them bat. When Warriors bat, there is little entertainment, unless your idea of it is to watch some quality batsmen and some not-so-good ones block, nudge, and mistime, all in slow motion.

The IPL is only into its sixth season, but fans have come to expect something different from every franchise. Chennai Super Kings have made go-slow-and-explode into something of a mantra. You know you have to watch out for Gayle, Kohli and AB to do their respective acts when Royal Challengers Bangalore bat, and more often than not, they don't disappoint. Mumbai Indians have big guns all the way from No. 1 to No 6, and invariably, a couple of them fire and post big totals.

What do you get with Warriors? Change as many captains as you will, you get the same brand of directionless batting, as if all they want to do is play out the 20 overs and get off the park. One can't blame them too much, at least not at this stage of another season that has gone nowhere.

Losing streaks can grow on a side, and especially when it has been guilty of putting together multiple ones, a team can easily get into another rut, where every game seems like a chore. The regulars might think, 'Oh well, this looks like that time last season, the good part is that seasons come to an end.' The fringe ones might go, 'Here comes my chance after four matches. Do I bat for my place in the side? I'll take my cue from the regulars.'

You would expect a line-up that looks so competent on paper to translate at least some of it onto the field. You would think the pressure of playing in a billion-dollar league and being owned by a billionaire would at least goad them to go down blazing. What you get instead, game after game, is tepid, mediocre stuff.

Equally disappointing is that most of the personnel are no way close to being mediocre. People still remember that Robin Uthappa used to hit sixes on the walk. His strike-rate this season is 116.66. Yuvraj Singh is arguably a limited-overs great. He's hit a couple of outstanding shots here and there to average 20-odd for the season, which is not saying much for someone around whom the line-up was supposed to be built. One-time captain Angelo Mathews has cut a confused, helpless figure. Current captain Aaron Finch has increasingly done the same.

Allan Donald will have us believe there is some class in the bowling attack in the form of Ashok Dinda, who's leaked close to ten runs an over. If there is class there, it is playing the wrong format. Mitchell Marsh isn't far behind on the economy front. Abhishek Nayar's batting average is the same as the number of games he's played - 11. His strike-rate is an apologetic 90.41.

As sorry as these figures look, their collective effect on the field is worse on the typical Warriors' fan. Bombarded as he is by the notion that T20 is all explosive, thrilling hitting, he has had to endure exactly the opposite for most of three seasons now. Against Mumbai Indians, Warriors did not hit a single boundary for the last 57 deliveries - almost half of their innings. You have to feel for those who made the journey in the afternoon heat to the Sahara Stadium from both sides of the Pune-Mumbai expressway.

Abhishek Purohit is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • KapilJoshi on May 12, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Pune Warriors have seen the effects and are still seeing the effects of boycotting the player auction before last season. All good players were picked by other teams and Pune had to be content with off-auction purchases. That was the time when Kochi players were availabe and other teams picked them. Otherwise they are in the same situation like KKR in 1st 3 years of IPL. KKR then brought a whole new bunch of players in the next auction, added an aggressive skipper and are a better side now.. Pune need to do the same. It will also help if Pune Management - Sahara group focuses on local domestic players.. there is no single player from Maharashtra Ranji team in Warriors team.. That is costing them the local support..

  • on May 12, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    Punes squad has two major weaknesses. 1) Lack of good openers - Uthappa has hit good form in the last 2-3 games but before that no one stood up sans 1-2 innings from Finch 2) Lack of firepower among the Indian batsmen. You have just Uthappa and Yuvraj who are certain to make it in the top 7. It is heavily dependent on overseas stars to make up the remaining batting line up. Non-availability of Tamim Iqbal and Michael Clarke and the injury to marlon Samuels made it worse. if you look at the teams who are doing well RCB has a Gayle and a Kohli in the top 3. Rajasthan has Rahane, Dravid, Watson in the top 3, Mumbai has Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma in the top 4, Chennai has Hussey, Raina in the top 3. They ought to buy in atleast 2 solid Indian top run getters. Sun risers have the same problem as Pune but make it up with superb bowling resources. Make Yuvi the captain and give a free hand to make changes. Let go Parnell, Taylor, Finch completely. Shd work.

  • Tootaa on May 13, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    Marlon Samuels was suppose to be punes trumpcard but after two bad games it got worst when he got injured and with it went pune.

  • Kamal.Kolandai on May 13, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    I dont know whats wrong with the Team Management.. Y aren't they putting Yuvi as the Captain.. He is the most experienced and flamboyant player in the squad... Abhi Nayar, is one of the worst player .. Not even managing a mediocre performance but still finding a place in plahing 11.Anyhow at end of the day, they have to blame themselves for this poor performance.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on May 13, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    For a start, Sahara needs to sell this team to either Videocon or the Amanora Group from Pune. The Sahara group is absolutely clueless. Their team's theme song is nothing but an advertisement for Sahara rather than Pune. There is very little actual connection to Pune, with not a single player from Maharashtra in the team. No Bollywood connection either so it's not even popular among the general public. There's very little promotion they do of the team either through TV promos or advertisements and they're the least followed IPL team on social networking sites, and for good reason, they hardly even post there and even when they do, it's like they're coming from an automated machine.

  • anton_ego on May 12, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    The biggest problem in PWI is that people donot have roles. In teams like CSK, RCB and MI, everyone has fixed roles. Hussey - consolidate. Dhoni and ABDe - explode in the end. Bravo - death bowling. Raina and Gayle - natural game in all situations. But in PWI, there is no such fixed role for anyone. It looks like they take the field without any plan at all. Just thinking like another day in the office. They need to focus and plan from next season onwards, or they ll lose even the few fans they have now.

  • arunsite on May 12, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Pune won the match against CSK under the captaincy of Taylor... Guess what happened next... Taylor is not in the playing 11... One or Two good innings by Finch, doesn't deserve a captaincy role... Need to drop Yuvi, Dinda, Nayar, Manish for all the remaining games.... Captaincy to Taylor and smith in the team... If PWI management is not taking the remaining games seriously, then BCCI should consider dropping PWI franchise from IPL...

  • on May 12, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    This is more about managing the team. Finch in many situations appeared to be lost, and it is a pity with senior players like UY not lending that support considering knowing conditions more. But saying this, Taylor should have been the man to lead this team from the start and; Alan Donald could make the best bowling coach but not the man to lead the team. Won't be too surprised if we see a new coach if PW are to remain in the IPL for next year.

  • on May 12, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Pune and erstwhile Kochi are classic examples, nay evidence that teams were sold on the basis of availability of buyers(sahara and shashi tharoor) instead of cricket culture, tradition, infrastructure and crowd support. Otherwise there is not one single reason to have a pune and kochi team. No cricketing icon ever came out of these 2 cities, unless you consider Sreesanth as one! These 2 teams have hardly got a base of local players to chose from. KT is history, and so will be PWI. More than these two cities, saurashtra deserved to have a team there!

  • rohanblue on May 12, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    stupid theme song, irritating cheerleaders, pune warriors as whole is so boring , irritating, stupid management spending crores on player like abhishek nayar in t20, pune warriors should change the management before players.....

  • KapilJoshi on May 12, 2013, 19:34 GMT

    Pune Warriors have seen the effects and are still seeing the effects of boycotting the player auction before last season. All good players were picked by other teams and Pune had to be content with off-auction purchases. That was the time when Kochi players were availabe and other teams picked them. Otherwise they are in the same situation like KKR in 1st 3 years of IPL. KKR then brought a whole new bunch of players in the next auction, added an aggressive skipper and are a better side now.. Pune need to do the same. It will also help if Pune Management - Sahara group focuses on local domestic players.. there is no single player from Maharashtra Ranji team in Warriors team.. That is costing them the local support..

  • on May 12, 2013, 2:53 GMT

    Punes squad has two major weaknesses. 1) Lack of good openers - Uthappa has hit good form in the last 2-3 games but before that no one stood up sans 1-2 innings from Finch 2) Lack of firepower among the Indian batsmen. You have just Uthappa and Yuvraj who are certain to make it in the top 7. It is heavily dependent on overseas stars to make up the remaining batting line up. Non-availability of Tamim Iqbal and Michael Clarke and the injury to marlon Samuels made it worse. if you look at the teams who are doing well RCB has a Gayle and a Kohli in the top 3. Rajasthan has Rahane, Dravid, Watson in the top 3, Mumbai has Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik and Rohit Sharma in the top 4, Chennai has Hussey, Raina in the top 3. They ought to buy in atleast 2 solid Indian top run getters. Sun risers have the same problem as Pune but make it up with superb bowling resources. Make Yuvi the captain and give a free hand to make changes. Let go Parnell, Taylor, Finch completely. Shd work.

  • Tootaa on May 13, 2013, 21:37 GMT

    Marlon Samuels was suppose to be punes trumpcard but after two bad games it got worst when he got injured and with it went pune.

  • Kamal.Kolandai on May 13, 2013, 10:39 GMT

    I dont know whats wrong with the Team Management.. Y aren't they putting Yuvi as the Captain.. He is the most experienced and flamboyant player in the squad... Abhi Nayar, is one of the worst player .. Not even managing a mediocre performance but still finding a place in plahing 11.Anyhow at end of the day, they have to blame themselves for this poor performance.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on May 13, 2013, 8:06 GMT

    For a start, Sahara needs to sell this team to either Videocon or the Amanora Group from Pune. The Sahara group is absolutely clueless. Their team's theme song is nothing but an advertisement for Sahara rather than Pune. There is very little actual connection to Pune, with not a single player from Maharashtra in the team. No Bollywood connection either so it's not even popular among the general public. There's very little promotion they do of the team either through TV promos or advertisements and they're the least followed IPL team on social networking sites, and for good reason, they hardly even post there and even when they do, it's like they're coming from an automated machine.

  • anton_ego on May 12, 2013, 9:42 GMT

    The biggest problem in PWI is that people donot have roles. In teams like CSK, RCB and MI, everyone has fixed roles. Hussey - consolidate. Dhoni and ABDe - explode in the end. Bravo - death bowling. Raina and Gayle - natural game in all situations. But in PWI, there is no such fixed role for anyone. It looks like they take the field without any plan at all. Just thinking like another day in the office. They need to focus and plan from next season onwards, or they ll lose even the few fans they have now.

  • arunsite on May 12, 2013, 9:26 GMT

    Pune won the match against CSK under the captaincy of Taylor... Guess what happened next... Taylor is not in the playing 11... One or Two good innings by Finch, doesn't deserve a captaincy role... Need to drop Yuvi, Dinda, Nayar, Manish for all the remaining games.... Captaincy to Taylor and smith in the team... If PWI management is not taking the remaining games seriously, then BCCI should consider dropping PWI franchise from IPL...

  • on May 12, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    This is more about managing the team. Finch in many situations appeared to be lost, and it is a pity with senior players like UY not lending that support considering knowing conditions more. But saying this, Taylor should have been the man to lead this team from the start and; Alan Donald could make the best bowling coach but not the man to lead the team. Won't be too surprised if we see a new coach if PW are to remain in the IPL for next year.

  • on May 12, 2013, 8:47 GMT

    Pune and erstwhile Kochi are classic examples, nay evidence that teams were sold on the basis of availability of buyers(sahara and shashi tharoor) instead of cricket culture, tradition, infrastructure and crowd support. Otherwise there is not one single reason to have a pune and kochi team. No cricketing icon ever came out of these 2 cities, unless you consider Sreesanth as one! These 2 teams have hardly got a base of local players to chose from. KT is history, and so will be PWI. More than these two cities, saurashtra deserved to have a team there!

  • rohanblue on May 12, 2013, 8:40 GMT

    stupid theme song, irritating cheerleaders, pune warriors as whole is so boring , irritating, stupid management spending crores on player like abhishek nayar in t20, pune warriors should change the management before players.....

  • binu.emiliya on May 12, 2013, 8:16 GMT

    Cochin Tuskers were far better than PWI,yes the batting is without direction exept B Kumar the bowling is very week.No inspiration at all,At least for the next season buy some good Indian players,SuryaKumar Yadav is wasted in MI bench so as Rishi Dhawan & Amitoz Sing,Mukundu is benched in RCB,many Indian bolwers are warming the RCB bench,Sidharth Chitnis is a good player just warming the KXIP bench,can go for Chirag Jani,who is a good allrounder Smit Patel is a good Wicket Kepper,better than good for nothing Mahesh Rawt and Sandeepan Das from Bengal will be a good addition.The PWI management is clueless just like a tailender facing Dale styne's Outwsinging 148 KPH deliveries..!

  • on May 12, 2013, 7:13 GMT

    its a waste of time when u watch pune warriors to bat..its absolutely disgusting..on the previous day when abhishek nayar was batting, i thought he was playing test cricket. just nudging singles in 18th and 19th overs. so sorry to see. dismal team. simply the team is not a unit, not good enough to be in IPL.

  • on May 12, 2013, 6:32 GMT

    PWI are my favorite team. Without them IPL gets boring. Dinda is the best entertainer in the whole world. Without blokes like him, how'll the batsmen bloom? Yuvraj has become a dream for any bowler to bowl to... hehe... They have a miserly good bowler in Bhuvi. But even his bowling cannot undo what Dinda does... hehe... Finch, Mathews, Richardson, Parnell, Smith, Uthappa, Rahul are all good cricketers, but none of them has the charisma or world-beating talent to carry a team. For Pune to win, they need atleast 5 or 6 of them to fire, as they do not have a heavy weight match winner in their ranks... They are practically playing 9 against 13 in every match (Dinda and Yuvi, helps the opposition, 9 out of 10 times)... hehe...

  • Walagambahu on May 12, 2013, 6:26 GMT

    Punes problem is simple. bad coaching and bad captaincy and pathetic bowling, first with Mathews who has shown during the SL-Bangladesh test series that he is the WORSE CAPTAIN one could ever get, and Finch ? I dont think he even deserve a place in the squad let be captaining it. And Dinda ? OMG, I would send my gran ma to bat against his jolly good bowling incl always predictable slow balls. As a Sri lankan and some one who likes the city, thus the team, its sad to see whats happening to Pune right now. But I am pretty sure given the right coaching (for god sake kick out every single coach from the current squad) and proper guiding, Pune can turn things around in 2014. How abt getting kapil Dev to coach ? How abt getting Aravinda Silva as a batting coach ? Current squad is not bad if you add a couple of good bowlers and a complete different coaching team. My 2 cents on this.

  • vj3478 on May 12, 2013, 3:05 GMT

    Pune is an example of a ship with no captain. To make Mathews captain was OK but Finch? He doesn't have have any knowledge about Indian pitches which is vey important to pick up the best 11, set /chasetargets. His bowling changes and field placements show that he is not a captaincy material.can't blame him for Dinda leaking runs or yuvi failing but he him self doesn't have a clue about batting in Indian conditions. Pune needs an Indian as captain or an experienced foreign player. Their best be is smith but he is benched for unknown reasons. Smith/finch/Matthews/robin/Dinda/wright/marsh are all talented and match winners but they need guidance on the field to be one

  • forzaps on May 11, 2013, 22:42 GMT

    I feel bad for Warriors fans, terrible team with a terrible home pitch that is not conducive to batting or bowling.

  • SudiptaS on May 11, 2013, 21:56 GMT

    @TNAmarkfromIndia : why should other teams, who have meticulously planned their teams suffer because the management of another team was bad? IMO, rather than 4, there should be atleast 6-7 players who can be retained. After all, continuity can only usher in fan-base. There is also the issue of a foreign captain. This year, the top 4 teams have been those with an Indian captain. It is a domestic tournament after all, and having foreign captains is a disgrace. IMO, Robin Uthappa, for all his batting failures, should have captained Pune. Similarly, Parthiv for SRH, Irfan for Delhi(considering Viru doesn't want it) and possibly Gilly continues for KXIP this season as they have none eligible as of now.

  • InsaneInsaan on May 11, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    pune have good players enough to win the title with the players they have now.they just dont know how to win.

  • on May 11, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Me being a Punekar, it was sad to see PWI losing 11 of the 13 matches they played. What I feel is Pune showed the intent only in bits and pieces. They lose the intensity once the game is slipping out of control or once it seems within control. The away games against RCB and MI were massive drubbings. However, they came close to winning against SRH, KXIP and RR but let the complacency sneak in and allowed the opposition to win. For most of the season, I thought PWI was under some kind of wrath but it can't get that bad every-time.They are lacking the intent to win throughout the game. Only a good and performing captain can usher the intensity and maintain it throughout the game. PWI needs a good Indian captain. Foreign captains don't click nowadays.

  • KingOwl on May 11, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with the team in terms of batting skills. Put these same players in a different team and they will do wonders. But there is something seriously wrong with the management. The slow, measured approach is a sign of fear; fear of personal failure. Nobody wants to take a risk. I think there is a negative, scapegoat culture in the team. Although I have no idea who is responsible for that, the coach is the person who SHOULD take responsibility. It seems that things continued from last year. Knowing Ganguly's divisive personality and Yuvi unwillingness to captain, it is clear that there is lot of baggage from the last season. I am really upset that Mathews had to go through this. He is a brilliant T20 player and he does not deserve a team like this. I hope Pune release him so that he can go back to SL and get back his usual self.

  • on May 11, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Many of the current IPL6 members will not found favor in IPL7 edition. Many of them are like passengers or extra luggage to the team. I think during IPL7 auction reality will set in hopefully. We may soon see multiple captaincy like captain for Power play and captain for Non power play and also captain for first 10 overs and captain for balance 10 overs.....

  • blade_pakkiri on May 11, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Can players choose not to go into auction and sign up with the team of their choice?

  • blade_pakkiri on May 11, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    @TNAmarkFromIndia...Why should the teams who have spent time and resource to be competitive surrender their players so that an incompetently managed team can benefit.

  • srinivasvijai on May 11, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    It is when you see a team like Pune struggle that you realise how important captaincy and leadership is in cricket. In Yuvi, Marlon Samuels, Uthappa, Finch, Mathews, Steven Smith etc. they could have been one of the most explosive batting lineup. But watching them bat has become a pain. The trouble starts at the top with Uthappa. The slow and steady approach doesn't seem to suit him. I wonder if having Amre as his personal batting coach has altered his natural batting style. With Yuvraj, you feel that he needs to be looked after well. Maybe that is why he does well for India when led by strong captains like Dhoni, Ganguly etc. but struggles in IPL. Samuels didn't play much this year and Mathews has been a disappointment. And the less said about Ross Taylor, the better. Apart from the hoick to the leg side, he doesn't seem to have any attacking shot in his armoury, which for a frontline international batsman is just sad. PWI should only retain Steven Smith n Bhuvi next year.

  • muski on May 11, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Guys like Abhishek Nayar and Satish as just filling up spots in their teams and GOD knows what is their role.Subrato Roy and Co should pack the entire pack lock,stock and Barrell. Flinch has been over-rated. Robin does not know how to play the ball on the ground. Yuvi always promises to disappoint in IPL. Angelo is a wasted talent. Dinda is a disgrace. Only shining light was Bhuvi and he too will be demoralised to play for a team with mediocre guys.

  • on May 11, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    warriors is a great team on paper but matches are not played on paper

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on May 11, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    I think the answer is simple. If the IPL board really cares about making this team competitive, throw out the player retention policy next year. Put in guys like Dhoni, Raina, Gayle, Kohli, de Villiers, Rohit Sharma etc. in the auction and let all teams including PWI have the chance to buy these players. If they have the player retention policy for next year's auction as well, Sahara might as well just leave the IPL for good so that this turns into an 8-team tournament again.

  • TNAmarkFromIndia on May 11, 2013, 16:58 GMT

    I think the answer is simple. If the IPL board really cares about making this team competitive, throw out the player retention policy next year. Put in guys like Dhoni, Raina, Gayle, Kohli, de Villiers, Rohit Sharma etc. in the auction and let all teams including PWI have the chance to buy these players. If they have the player retention policy for next year's auction as well, Sahara might as well just leave the IPL for good so that this turns into an 8-team tournament again.

  • on May 11, 2013, 17:06 GMT

    warriors is a great team on paper but matches are not played on paper

  • muski on May 11, 2013, 17:17 GMT

    Guys like Abhishek Nayar and Satish as just filling up spots in their teams and GOD knows what is their role.Subrato Roy and Co should pack the entire pack lock,stock and Barrell. Flinch has been over-rated. Robin does not know how to play the ball on the ground. Yuvi always promises to disappoint in IPL. Angelo is a wasted talent. Dinda is a disgrace. Only shining light was Bhuvi and he too will be demoralised to play for a team with mediocre guys.

  • srinivasvijai on May 11, 2013, 17:56 GMT

    It is when you see a team like Pune struggle that you realise how important captaincy and leadership is in cricket. In Yuvi, Marlon Samuels, Uthappa, Finch, Mathews, Steven Smith etc. they could have been one of the most explosive batting lineup. But watching them bat has become a pain. The trouble starts at the top with Uthappa. The slow and steady approach doesn't seem to suit him. I wonder if having Amre as his personal batting coach has altered his natural batting style. With Yuvraj, you feel that he needs to be looked after well. Maybe that is why he does well for India when led by strong captains like Dhoni, Ganguly etc. but struggles in IPL. Samuels didn't play much this year and Mathews has been a disappointment. And the less said about Ross Taylor, the better. Apart from the hoick to the leg side, he doesn't seem to have any attacking shot in his armoury, which for a frontline international batsman is just sad. PWI should only retain Steven Smith n Bhuvi next year.

  • blade_pakkiri on May 11, 2013, 18:18 GMT

    @TNAmarkFromIndia...Why should the teams who have spent time and resource to be competitive surrender their players so that an incompetently managed team can benefit.

  • blade_pakkiri on May 11, 2013, 18:19 GMT

    Can players choose not to go into auction and sign up with the team of their choice?

  • on May 11, 2013, 18:24 GMT

    Many of the current IPL6 members will not found favor in IPL7 edition. Many of them are like passengers or extra luggage to the team. I think during IPL7 auction reality will set in hopefully. We may soon see multiple captaincy like captain for Power play and captain for Non power play and also captain for first 10 overs and captain for balance 10 overs.....

  • KingOwl on May 11, 2013, 20:45 GMT

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with the team in terms of batting skills. Put these same players in a different team and they will do wonders. But there is something seriously wrong with the management. The slow, measured approach is a sign of fear; fear of personal failure. Nobody wants to take a risk. I think there is a negative, scapegoat culture in the team. Although I have no idea who is responsible for that, the coach is the person who SHOULD take responsibility. It seems that things continued from last year. Knowing Ganguly's divisive personality and Yuvi unwillingness to captain, it is clear that there is lot of baggage from the last season. I am really upset that Mathews had to go through this. He is a brilliant T20 player and he does not deserve a team like this. I hope Pune release him so that he can go back to SL and get back his usual self.

  • on May 11, 2013, 20:55 GMT

    Me being a Punekar, it was sad to see PWI losing 11 of the 13 matches they played. What I feel is Pune showed the intent only in bits and pieces. They lose the intensity once the game is slipping out of control or once it seems within control. The away games against RCB and MI were massive drubbings. However, they came close to winning against SRH, KXIP and RR but let the complacency sneak in and allowed the opposition to win. For most of the season, I thought PWI was under some kind of wrath but it can't get that bad every-time.They are lacking the intent to win throughout the game. Only a good and performing captain can usher the intensity and maintain it throughout the game. PWI needs a good Indian captain. Foreign captains don't click nowadays.

  • InsaneInsaan on May 11, 2013, 21:11 GMT

    pune have good players enough to win the title with the players they have now.they just dont know how to win.