IPL 2014 newsfile May 8, 2014

'Suryakumar could play for India one day' - Sehwag

ESPNcricinfo staff

Virender Sehwag has said Kolkata Knight Riders batsman Suryakumar Yadav has the talent to play for India in the future.

"More than the batsmen, it's the bowlers," Sehwag told iplt20.com, when asked which players have impressed him during this IPL season. "Sandeep Sharma and Mohit Sharma are the two guys who have impressed me the most. As far as batsmen are concerned, I really like the look of Suryakumar Yadav. He seems like a very good talent and if he continues to focus, he has the ability to score a lot of runs in the future and also maybe play for India one day.

"I like the fact that Sandeep can swing the ball in as well as take it away. Also, he has tremendous control over his bowling. For us, he has been very vital because he gives us early breakthroughs, in the first or second over, which is very important in this format."

'Opening is my bread and butter' - Uthappa

Since moving up to the top of the order, Robin Uthappa has been in roaring form, his three innings as opener bringing him scores of 47, 65 and 47 at a strike rate of 128.23. Uthappa says he told the Kolkata Knight Riders team management he was at his most comfortable while opening the batting, and they gave him the opportunity to do so.

"I am loving it!" he told iplt20.com, when asked about the move up the order. "It is where I feel at home; that is my bread and butter. So, I just love opening the batting. I think that's where I do the best and that is something I was telling the support staff and Gautam, and I had a conversation with them about it. I am glad that they gave me an opportunity and that I have been able to utilise that opportunity in a way that has been meaningful for the team."

'Bowlers should work on outwitting batsmen' - Srinath

Javagal Srinath says bowlers are becoming too dependent on batsmen's mistakes to get their wickets, and aren't able to outwit them on their own.

"What concerns me is the fact that the wicket-taking ability of a bowler is now directly linked to batsmen making mistakes in their desire to look for big scores," he writes, in his column for the Hindustan Times. "I think it is about time the bowlers started to think harder on what they can do not only to restrict the scoring, but also pick up wickets.

"So where do the bowlers go from here? That is the challenge ahead of the specialist coaches and the sports psychologist who travel with most teams. It's time for them to focus on giving bowlers confidence and in coming up with something that will help their discipline. Unlike batsmen, bowlers are a lot more apprehensive about what the day holds. Agreed that at the end of the day, it's the wickets that matter, but there is a huge difference between a batsman getting himself out and a bowler outwitting a batsman."