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Ganguly advises captain Kohli, and Praveen's nightmare

ESPNcricinfo staff

May 11, 2014

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Praveen Kumar made the first breakthrough, Mumbai Indians v Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2014, Mumbai, May 10, 2014
Praveen Kumar: 'There came a point when I actually stopped getting out of my house, thinking what people would talk about me' © BCCI
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Kohli has to find a way to stay fresh - Ganguly
Royal Challengers Bangalore began IPL 2014 with two wins in two games. Since then, they have won one match in six. Their captain, Virat Kohli, India and limited-over cricket's golden boy over the past couple of years, has three ducks in eight innings. Former India captain Sourav Ganguly thinks the two are interconnected, with the challenges of leading Royal Challengers affecting Kohli's batting.

"Kohli is realising that the combination of captaincy and batsmanship is a bit different and he must quickly find a way to make that mental adjustment," Ganguly wrote in his column in Times of India. "It's not a tough thing to do and my advice to him would be to decide on a plan [for the team] at the start of the game, shut it out completely and direct all his mental energy and space towards scoring runs for himself, though he is bound to get affected at times for wrong decisions.

"He will also realise, in due course, that a lot of captaincy and tactics happens out in the middle and it's also about being aware of situations. On the whole he has to find a way to relax and stay fresh because too much of worrying can drain you out mentally."

Not being picked at auction left Praveen depressed
India pacer Praveen Kumar, who played his first game of the tournament on Saturday, only after Mumbai Indians brought him in as a replacement for the injured Zaheer Khan, said not being picked up at the auction in February left him in a mess mentally. In an interview with the IPL website, Praveen said he even went as far as to stop leaving his house due to the "negativity" that had set in. "Obviously, I was very disappointed when I was not picked in the auction. It was a shocking moment for me. I was dejected for the first week-and-a-half.

"There came a point when I actually stopped getting out of my house, thinking what people would talk about me and feared if they would ask me different kinds of questions. I was gutted that I hadn't got a chance to play on a platform where I have been playing for so long."

He kept himself going by taking part in the domestic T20 tournament, the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Praveen said. "I played the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and a few corporate matches. My only motive was to get as much match practice as I can under my belt. I wanted to put in all my efforts and keep myself in sync with the game. I knew my shoulder, which had troubled me in the past [and kept him out of the India team recently], would only get better the more I bowl.

"I was extremely happy when I got a call from Mumbai Indians to represent them in the IPL. I couldn't sleep that night, and all of a sudden, I became a lot more positive. I have been playing international cricket for close to seven years now, and it was a great moment for me when I realised that I will be back in action."

CSK 'devastated' to miss out on Chepauk games - Fleming
Chennai Super Kings will not play at their home ground, the MA Chidambaram Stadium (or Chepauk), in IPL 2014 because of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association's prolonged deadlock with the municipal corporation over the legality of the construction of three new stands in the stadium in the lead-up to the 2011 World Cup. This, Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming said, was "very disappointing". "I say this on behalf of the team, I announce our disappointment that we can't go back," Fleming said after Super Kings' game against Mumbai Indians. "We enjoy amazing support all around India and around the world. But we were looking forward to giving back to the Chepauk [crowd]. We are devastated. as we were really looking forward to those games.

"Though Ranchi has been home away from home and we have played there beautifully, there was an element of returning back to the Chennai faithful. We won't be able to do that this year. We will carry that with us and hopefully put up a couple of good performances at Ranchi and move on. But as I said the team is sad not to be going back to our fan base."

Vohra will have to wait his turn - Bangar
The biggest surprise to come out of the franchises' player retentions this year was the case of Manan Vohra. The young Punjab batsman was one of only two uncapped players retained across eight teams. Kings XI Punjab had said then that Vohra was in the mould of Rajasthan Royals' Sanju Samson, prompting his retention. While Samson has played all eight of Royals' games this season, Vohra is yet to play once for Kings XI.

Kings XI coach Sanjay Bangar said the quality of Indian batsmen Vohra was competing with meant he had to miss out, and he'll have to wait his turn yet. "Manan is competing with Virender Sehwag and Cheteshwar Pujara. He'll have to wait," Bangar told the Telegraph. "We [also] have Shaun Marsh who hasn't been able to get a game. It's my job to keep them motivated and to make them understand that all decisions are taken keeping the team's interest in mind."

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Posted by Greatest_Game on (May 11, 2014, 16:43 GMT)

@ Cricketfan11111 believes "Gayle not firing is a big set back ... Yuvraj's contribution is also non existent. Kholi got two very bad decisions before he started scoring."

You are right about Gayle - 19 off 25 today, but Yuvraj hit 83 off 38 while AB supported & rotated strike, then put ball on the roof during 58 off 32. Scared Watson bowled 3 wides in 9 balls, & still got carted. Yuvi & AB made up for Zol, Gayle & particularly Kohli, & took RCB to 190/5. The team did well. Kohli - NOT!

When DID Kohli "start scoring?" 3 ducks & 2 scores of 4 in 9 matches, ave 18! He hasn't started! Today, in 4 off 9, & he hit 1 ball before edging!. Gayle, Yuvraj, the umpires. the stars, & whatever you imagine, can't excuse such abysmal lack of form. He should have been dropped by now. He just can't bat & has never been a good captain. His team don't seem to respect him at all. They play despite despite, not because of him. He inspires no one!

Excuses excuses. It is not the team - KOHLI IS FAILING!

Posted by AshwinMS on (May 11, 2014, 13:49 GMT)

Vohra would've played already if he was in Royals.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2014, 13:21 GMT)

drop goerge baiely and bring back marsh in

Posted by CricketChat on (May 11, 2014, 12:24 GMT)

Agree with comments here. Vohra or Marsh should come in for Mandeep for the remaining games.

Posted by   on (May 11, 2014, 11:06 GMT)

I think Mandeep has had his chances and Vohra shud be given a chance, he did have some decent knocks last year, he has more selection of shots than Mandeep but patience costs him.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (May 11, 2014, 9:16 GMT)

Gayle not firing is a big set back for RCB. Yuvraj's contribution is also non existent. Kholi got two very bad decisions before he started scoring. What can he do?

Posted by   on (May 11, 2014, 8:38 GMT)

Banger is missing a trick by not playing Vora. He could easily replace Mandeep Singh at the top.

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