Punjab v Hyderabad, IPL 2013, Mohali May 12, 2013

Waqar told us to bowl like in a Test match - Sammy

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Darren Sammy, the Sunrisers Hyderabad allrounder, produced one of the top-five bowling figures of IPL 2013 so far, helping his team to a 30-run victory against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali. With the pitch sporting a sprinkling of grass he and his team-mates, Sammy said, on the advice of bowling coach Waqar Younis, were just looking to bowl "like in a Test match".

"On that wicket you don't have to do much. With the grass on the good-length, our bowling coach, Waqar Younis asked us to bowl like we do in a Test match - just put the ball on that one spot and let the pitch do the rest," Sammy told the IPL site. "Later on we took pace off the ball."

Sammy finished with 4 for 22, as Kings XI got to 120 for 9 in response to Sunrisers' 150. He got Shaun Marsh and Adam Gilchrist with his first two deliveries, as both batsmen tried to pull length balls. In his second over, he got batsman in the spotlight, David Miller, with another length ball. Miller was the biggest of the wickets, Sammy said. "All of them have been dangerous at different times in the tournament but David Miller, especially. Our plan was to bowl on good length to him and let him try to have a go at us. Even though he scored a 100 in 38 balls a couple of games back, Saturday he was starting on naught. He made a mistake and we got the result."

Working with Waqar and Dale Steyn at Sunrisers, Sammy said, was proving quite beneficial to his bowling. "There's so much of experience there. The one [biggest] thing I have picked from them is to be clear. Make sure when you're on the top of your mark, you know what ball you're going to bowl - if it's a yorker, slower one, length ball, bouncer, whatever it is. When you start running in, no matter what the batsman does, you know that is the ball that's going to come out of your hand."

On Saturday, that Sunrisers got to a total of 150 came down to stout rearguard resistance in the company of opener Parthiv Patel - who made 61 off 47 - after the team had been reduced to 52 for 5 by the ninth over. Parthiv played a smart knock, Sammy said. "I think it's proven that the anchors are as important in this format as the hitters are. Michael Hussey is not a big hitter but he has the Orange Cap. I think batting in T20 is more about reading the situation of the game and executing your shots properly.

"I thought Parthiv did that really well on Saturday night. He assessed the conditions, analysed the situation and he knew that if he got 50 in the end, we will end up with 140-plus."

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  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2013, 11:59 GMT

    What would Sangakkara/White give to have that man- Waqar Younis , running in to bowl for Sunrisers Hyderabad. After all his 4 overs would not be more wayward/expensive than some of the other team mates!!!

  • GAURAV on May 12, 2013, 9:16 GMT

    So one game wonder miller killer fails again!

  • Tushar on May 12, 2013, 8:05 GMT

    @Binu Kaani: did u even watch the RCB DD match... Unadkat was the MOM there, not Kohli. And parthiv was awarded since he was the only batsman from either side to survive and contribute substantially on a bowler's pitch...!!!!!

  • N. on May 12, 2013, 7:24 GMT

    N. Sundararajan from Chennai This is brilliant from Waqar--and from Dale Steyn ! How simple they make it sound--and yet how profound the impact is ! And when senior bowlers listen to such sane advice the results are there for us public to see ! This also helps us to understand how a coach may add value to a team--that is experience for you ! Very good to read this from Darren Sammy !

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2013, 7:01 GMT

    No Mr.Hansell , celebrations are a part of sport..just because u dont lyk his celebration routine doesn't mean that u demean this brand of cricket....

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2013, 6:59 GMT

    Sammy deserves to be MOM. more than half century of patel it was the strikes of sammy which turned the match to SRHs favour. many a times the selection panel of MOM behaves absurd and naive...

    like the match between pune & RCB... jaydev unadkat would have been better selection as MOM than Kohli... even though Kohlis innings was important but..how important it was Unadkats strikes...

  • Dennis on May 12, 2013, 6:46 GMT

    @Gary Hansell: Dude relax and let the man live....he's just bringing another facet of entertainment to cricket. Ever since chris gayle and dwayne bravo started dancing...I've noticed more and more cricketers from other nations are catching on now. It's nothing but good fun...I'd rather see this than bowlers screaming/cursing at the batsmen they get out.

    As far as T20 is concerned, I don't think this format is a true test of a players skill, but it does have its merit and appeals to a lot of people who don't wanna sit down for a whole day or five days to watch a cricket match. My only concern is all these stupid tournaments that everyone wants to throw now..when will there be time for ODIs/Tests?

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2013, 6:39 GMT

    How England played very well against India in India. Its because of Mustaq Ahmed the leg spinner of Pakistan is now the coach of England spin department. That is why Panesar and Swann did not allow Indian batsmen to dominate them. Pakistan great bowlers like Wasim Akram, Waqar Younis and Mustaq and others who are becoming great coaches to the teams they are coaching. Unfortunately Pakistan team is not using service of these players properly. Anyhow nice to know that Sammy is becoming very good player for SRH and hope that he becomes best for West Indies also. If he improves his batting little bit more then he will be one of the best players for West Indies and world cricket as well.

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2013, 6:28 GMT

    Sorry, Sammy's absurd display with the baby's dummy and dance routine puts into perspective what a farce this form of cricket is!

  • sherry on May 12, 2013, 6:24 GMT

    Oh com on. Darren Sammy deserves man of the match with 4 wickets and involved in a run out. :(

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