IPL 2014 newsfile May 15, 2014

'I just need one good game' - Kohli

ESPNcricinfo staff

Virat Kohli isn't too worried about his own form, despite averaging a mere 17.11 over 10 innings, without a single half-century. He says he's hitting the ball well, and just needs one good performance to turn things around.

"I've got out in every possible way this season and the only thing that is left is hit wicket," he said. "But it's all part and parcel of cricket. I have to be mature enough to take these things in my stride.

"It's frustrating when the team doesn't get the right results, but I am not worried about my performance so long as the team keeps performing. I believe in my abilities and I need just one good game. In a tournament like IPL it's very difficult to get out of a zone that you get into. I am still hitting the ball well, that much I know. In cricket sometimes things don't go your way and am experiencing that."

'I enjoy batting at No. 3' - Naman Ojha

Promoted to No. 3, Sunrisers Hyderabad wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha smashed an unbeaten 36-ball 79 against Kings XI Punjab. Ojha says he would love to bat up the order more often.

"I would love to continue batting at No.3," he told iplt20.com. "I am enjoying that responsibility of building an innings and scoring when needed the most. When I play at No.5 or 6, it gets difficult to hit from ball-one, whereas I have the time to shape my innings when I bat at the top. Bowlers at the death, at times, bowl in the block hole, which gets difficult for a batsman to hit; whereas, at the top of the innings when the field restrictions are still on, there is a scope to score more freely."

'I'm the opener India are looking for' - Uthappa

Robin Uthappa, the Kolkata Knight Riders batsman, has enjoyed a purple patch since moving up to open the batting. Crediting his coach Pravin Amre and 'changes in his set-up and initial movements' for his improved footwork and shot selection, Uthappa is confident he can step up and perform if he gets an India recall.

"I have definitely missed contributing to the success of our team in the last few years," he told the Times of India. "As far as the hunger is concerned, I believe my performances are speaking on my behalf. And I do believe that I am the opening batsman that the team is looking for and am confident that I am going to contribute a lot to the country's success in the future."

Shami hails Kirsten and Simons for their compassionate approach

Mohammed Shami hasn't had the greatest of seasons, having picked up just five wickets in 10 matches and conceded an economy rate of 8.21 for Delhi Daredevils. Shami is disappointed that he hasn't been able to get his team wickets with the new ball, "which is the main role assigned to me," and says he is working hard to change that. He is grateful to the Daredevils coaching staff, though, for not putting too much pressure on him.

"The support of a coach is very important for a bowler, especially if he helps you grow and improve without putting too much pressure on you," he told Mail Today. "That's the best thing about Gary [Kirsten] and Eric [Simons]; they handle things very smoothly and with love and compassion."

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  • Nadeem on May 15, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    where is KP statement he is playing worse than ever. i want to read what he says about his bad form.

  • Dummy4 on May 15, 2014, 17:43 GMT

    Robin is the opener which India missed for long time. he can win the match single handle y. Robin lost the place in Indian team after dhoni become caption!. its may be robin can keep the wickets and make problem for dhoni place?.

  • Samrat on May 15, 2014, 15:05 GMT

    Not worried about Kohli's form either. He finds form at better stages and will score in England/Aus, where it matters; not in this hit/dance fest.

  • Clean on May 15, 2014, 13:56 GMT

    Too early for Kohli to take on the leadership role. Just because you are a good player doesn't mean you are a good leader.

    Remember when Tendulkar became the captain after the match fixing controversy in the 90's and he only captained few games before giving the reins over to Ganguly because it was affecting his batting. That's when Indian cricket changed forever.

    Kohli needs to get back to his own game first once the IPL is over and forget about being a Vice Captain, etc. He is too good of a player and needs to mature to the fullest of his potential. Next few years will be important for him.

    I can see Gambhir getting back to the Indian team soon and I wont be surprised if Uthappa gets a second chance. He is much better of a player than Rohit Sharma who only got picked OVER AND OVER again because of the backing from Mumbai.

  • David on May 15, 2014, 12:50 GMT

    Virat REALLY neds one good game - he has not had one all season. Then he needs another, and another, because he should have been dropped by now. His captaincy has been no better than his batting. Essentially, he has been an all round failure.

  • Vinod on May 15, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    Virat? Has he ever performed consistantly in any ipls? make him wear Indian jersey and then watch the difference :-)

  • Srinivas on May 15, 2014, 11:29 GMT


    Exactly my sentiments.

  • Ramesh on May 15, 2014, 10:47 GMT

    As an Indian Supporter I dont mind if Virat fails in IPL, as long as he can keep scoring for Team India.

  • Sriram on May 15, 2014, 9:04 GMT

    If voices for including Robin and Gauti increase, who will get the chop? is it Dhawan or Rohit or both. My guess is that MSD, if he thinks both Dhawan and Rohit are THE openers for WC, he won't tamper rather let them gain form and intrenational games at the top. Robin seems to have tightened his technique but its a different ball game playing on fast and bouncy pitches. I cannot see Team India use new opening pair in Bangaldesh and England, although i do see either of Robin or Gauti picked to prove thier form at top level. With Yuvi and Raina set to be back, Rohit could come down the order. That said who will be the wicket keeper, you would think its DK but Saha can be pushing him if he gets a copule of more good scores. Parthivs case is curious but i dont think he enjoys MSDs confidence and Ohjas and Samsons are clearly outsiders with little or no chance

  • Arul on May 15, 2014, 9:02 GMT

    Please stop taking IPL performance in to International cricket. We had RSharma ruining Indian cricket for the last years because he had good IP every time (but awful International games where he couldnt bat longer than 20 odd overs). Same Uthappa also played lot of wrong shots this time, which shows he hasnt learned anything.

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