IPL 2014 newsfile May 8, 2014

'Suryakumar could play for India one day' - Sehwag

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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."

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  • Lakshminarayanan on May 9, 2014, 4:01 GMT

    Good to see Uthappa back to opening slot and play sensibly. Its good time for Uthappa to perform and come back to Team India, since he knows current Team India openers are unable to perform consistently. May be he can open with Shikhar and its also time to move Rohit to No.4 since Yuvi is not going to make into India XI. Its great to see Indian bowlers top the most wickets in this IPL season. Usually we see the top guy mostly be an overseas player in previous IPLs. Only Uthappa is at No. 5 in top batsmen list, lets wait & see how he perform in remaining matches and will he make to India XI. Suryakumar Yadav seems a great talent, he should be given more opportunity at top to perform freely. We can expect few new pool of guys in future coming matches for India.

  • arvindy on May 8, 2014, 14:32 GMT

    The game has changed a lot since wasim/warne played. Better bats, smaller grounds, batsman friendly pitches. They would have strugged too. Take for e.g. Steyn, I would rate him in the same class. He is successful sometimes, but on other days somebody like AB comes along and plays a blinder. I would say bowlers like Narine, Bhuvi, Jhonson, Styen, Sandeep Sharma, Mohit, Pravin Tambe and some others are doing alright. It is not as bad as its made to be, given the current conditions.

  • Nadeem on May 8, 2014, 12:51 GMT

    You need talent to bowl well in T2020 cricket. Talent like Wasim/Warne used to have where you can bowl 24 different balls in 4 overs with full control knowing the conditions. Isn't it hard, yes it is because i am talking about the greatest leg spinner of all time and great left arm bowler of all time.

    so yeh it's extremely hard for a common bowler to stop a good batsman on dead pitches therefore bowlers just try to stop as many runs as they can.

  • Android on May 8, 2014, 11:09 GMT

    uttappa good in playing opening..sewagh told surya kumar playing fuchure india..what about karun..rahul ..sr...think other player also..even uttappa how he playing he also strong contener fr england tour..if hits 2or 3 fiftys ..out 6 ...he will be back in blue jercy

  • ESPN on May 8, 2014, 9:32 GMT

    It is IPL and players who are brought for crores will not be expelled so easily. Oh I miss normal matches with spirit of cricket

  • ESPN on May 8, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    Ravi Shastri is right. Both Pollard and Starc should have been penal used more severely and banned for at least three matches.

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