IPL 2014 newsfile May 5, 2014

Uthappa to remain in opener's slot for KKR - Bayliss

ESPNcricinfo staff

Kolkata Knight Riders coach Trevor Bayliss has said Robin Uthappa will stay at the top of the order for his team, at least "at this stage" of the tournament. Knight Riders have been constantly shuffling their openers, using Jacques Kallis, Gautam Gambhir, Manish Pandey, Manvinder Bisla and Robin Uthappa in the role, without too much success. In their previous game, against Chennai Super Kings, Uthappa opened and was top-scorer with 47 off 38.

Bayliss said Kallis and Gambhir's patchy form contributed to the uncertainty at the top: "We started off this IPL season with a plan in place that Jacques Kallis will open the batting with Gautam," he said. "Robin was given the role of batting in the middle order and getting us home. But the top order, and especially the opening pair, has been our weakness and we decided to promote Robin up the order in the last game as he has a lot of experience of opening the batting. He performed quite well, and at this stage, he will stay there."

Orthodoxy is over-rated - Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen is set to open a cricket academy in Dubai later this year, but don't expect his coaches to be consumed with tinkering with the kids' footwork and other nitty gritty. Speaking to the Times of India, Petersen said the academy would not "over-emphasise on technique". "Orthodoxy is over-rated, definitely," Pietersen said. "Sure, you must have a solid defence, but I think a lot of coaches over-emphasise on technique.

"My academy is going to be different. It's going to be based on the way a kid plays when he comes in. I'm not going to change his game. I want to coach individuals with unique talent to fulfill that talent, and not try to change anybody or teach him how his foot must be in line with the ball. But there are a few key things to batting which are really important, in terms of the head and not really your foot movement, which I think I want to drill into the kids. But it's not going to be technique-based coaching, but more about discovering your inner style of play."

Hard for Anderson to fire under circumstances - Doull
Mumbai Indians have a penchant for going all out to secure the services of the player who is the flavor of the season at IPL auctions. This year, it was New Zealand allrounder Corey Anderson, fresh from breaking the long-standing record for the fastest ODI century. The franchise bought him for Rs 4.5 crore (US$ 750,000 approx), but he is yet to deliver a winning hand for them, having got into the 30s only twice in six games this season (he did win a surprise Man-of-the-Match award in his previous game, though, for scoring 35 off 25 and taking 1 for 17 in two overs).

Former New Zealand pacer, Simon Doull, said it's not surprising he has not delivered, given the enormous pressure on him. "It was always going to be hard for Corey to fire in his first IPL, as Mumbai Indians paid a lot of money for him, which added the pressure on him," Doull said.

Daredevils trip squad
Delhi Daredevils have reportedly trimmed their squad of 23 down to 20, sending domestic uncapped players Jayant Yadav, Milind Kumar and HS Sharath home. "Milind, Sharath and Jayant have gone home for the time being. If they are required they would be called back by the franchise," an IPL source reportedly told PTI.

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  • Dummy4 on May 7, 2014, 12:40 GMT

    Spot on Pieterson.............................

    Pujara is the latest example of a complete failur of a player with bookish technique.

    Sachin, Lara, Jayasuria all didn't have bookish technique but all played with head over the ball.................

    Sehwag & Dravith with toatally contrasting styles had same test avg

  • Jeremy on May 6, 2014, 8:23 GMT

    If KP is planning his coaching along the stated lines then he probably won't be that welcome working with Surrey's youngsters. One assumes also that this will mean even less time helping his county achieve anything. His contract with them looks as over-valued as his IPL one does at present. Why Surrey do not just dispense with him and keep faith for the future with their current crop of young talent is a complete mystery - and annoyance.

  • Android on May 6, 2014, 3:46 GMT

    Prasent india have only good opener is robin uttappa....shikerdawan nt good austrlia pitches so robin is ideal choice he improved lot..vijay hazare 500 runs ipl 7mach 210 runs srike rate 124 and 30 average..3fiftys

  • David on May 6, 2014, 3:08 GMT

    Dear KP

    Orthodoxy may be overrated, but what is not is SCORING RUNS, & you need to! Seriously, 56 runs in 4 innings is unorthodox for an $1.5 million player, right? Just slow down, play some orthodox strokes, & you'll be ok!

    Little Quinton de Kock, trained in the rigid South African orthodoxy you were, has played in the same matches you have & scored more than double the runs, at a much higher strike rate. Your other team mate, JP Duminy, schooled in Saffa orthodoxy, has scored the 4th most runs in this IPL, with the highest average - 80! That makes your 18.66 look, well, club tail-ender orthodox.

    Both are small guys, without your height & arm length to generate bat speed. They start with orthodox shots, get their eye in, & rely on pure, orthodox timing to clear the boundary. And it works!

    You've lost your timing. Too much English cricket? Crack a Castle, chew some biltong, think of Maritzburg, & play some proper bloody cricket shots!


    An orthodox IPL watching Saffa.

  • Ashok on May 5, 2014, 21:05 GMT

    Firstly, Uthappa has been a "specialist opening batsman" all his career in all formats of the game. Why do KKR have to try him at any other spot other than his speciality? This question begs an answer. With no productive opener for India currently, Uthappa should be the first choice at least for the shorter formats. So KKR need not waste their time or thought! I am little surprised that KP is starting a coaching camp for "Unorthodox Batting". The first rule any young budding cricketer hears is " Correct Footwork with head over the ball & body behind any stroke". This is not only followed in Cricket but in the American Baseball- a simpler version of Cricket. All coaches emphasise this because it is a formula for success. Why would anyone waste their money attending KP's unorthodox school? Anderson succeeded in NZ conditions. In India the pitches are different in pace & bounce. So it will take Cory some adjusting before he can reproduce a semblance of his NZ form- which he will soon.

  • GeoffreysMother on May 5, 2014, 16:52 GMT

    I'm mystified why Pietersen is opening an academy in Dubai. I thought he was really looking forward to working with Surrey's youngsters.

  • Naresh on May 5, 2014, 10:59 GMT

    Uthappa - Definite improvement from Uthappa this season - might make it to Indian team. Especially for the short formats. Maybe him and Rahane?

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