IPL newsfile April 17, 2014

Hard to get over World T20 defeat, says Yuvraj

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Hard to get over World T20 defeat - Yuvraj
Just shy of two weeks ago, India lost the World T20 final to Sri Lanka in Mirpur. Yuvraj Singh, who struggled to 11 in 21 balls in that final, came in for sharp criticism in the aftermath. Writing in the Times of India ahead of the IPL, Yuvraj said that was a "really tough" time for him. "The last one week was really tough. It was rather hard to get over the defeat in the World T20 final against Sri Lanka," he said. "As a team we had a fantastic tournament and played emphatic cricket. But in the final, things didn't go the way we planned and it's never easy to overcome such disappointment." However, Yuvraj, who is with a new T20 team - Bangalore - in the UAE, said he has accepted it's time to move on. "It takes me to my oldest cricketing memories where in my younger days, I was told by one of my coaches that as a sportsperson one should be able to tolerate one's success and handle one's defeats. So I am ready to face the next challenge and am really looking forward to it." Bangalore open their campaign against Delhi in Sharjah on Thursday.

Focus on reaching last four for now - Dhoni
Chennai captain MS Dhoni, in the lead up to his team's opening match, which is against Punjab on Friday, has said the team is primarily focused on making it to the playoffs. Despite the team's good shows in the past, he said, one could not say it is the favourite to win the league. "Consistency at playing well and reaching the semi-finals is our goal firstly. We can't say we will win because all it takes is one individual [from the opposition] to have a good day [for us to lose]," Dhoni said. "The important thing is to reach the semi-finals. Then you up your game a bit. In knockout stages, you play to the best of your potential. That becomes crucial."

Rohit one of most natural captains I've met - Wright
Mumbai might not have got off to a winning start in their 2014 campaign under Rohit Sharma, but they did win the title under him last year. Rohit's leadership skills, according to coach John Wright, are very strong. In 2013, he took over at Mumbai from a struggling Ricky Ponting, and "fit into the role like a glove", Wright told the league's website. "His tactical decisions have been great, which is very important on the field. But leadership is all about performance, and Rohit has led the team from the front. He has done an outstanding job and I don't think he should be underestimated." This year, Rohit should be up for a bigger challenge, Wright said. "This time, he comes in as the defending captain, which is not easy. But … in some of the big games last season, I don't think he put a foot wrong. I think he's one of the most natural captains I have ever met."

Kirsten gives T20-franchise coaching a thumbs up
Gary Kirsten, the Delhi coach, has said tournaments such as this T20 league provide ideal coaching opportunities, as they are not as demanding as international stints. "From the perspective of being away from home it works really well. It's intense for eight weeks and then you're at home doing what you need to do. I have enjoyed the melting pot of cultures and it is fantastic working with all the different cultures." Kirsten told BBC Radio. "Coaching has become a young man's game and everyone is going to have family difficulties, which is why we are seeing a lot of split coaching."

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  • Rahul on April 17, 2014, 21:34 GMT

    @ Nampally - Has been mediocre and has been struggling since his comeback. Cant remember 1 good ODI innings where he contributed. Does he even have the stamina to last that much? No. He's not physically fit,which is clearly evident by his fielding. Not his fault since he recovered from a fatal disease. Plus,hasnt performed under pressure in the Wt20 except a dead rubber. Reputation over performance isnt a very good idea. Gambhir,Sehwag and others were axed,use the same yardstick for Yuvraj. He doesnt even perform in Ranji and you play him in the Wt20. Thats some thinking and cost us big. Struggling against bouncers in Asia,cant expect have him in WC15. Making emotional and stubborn decisions isnt wise. Is it ? I'm a fan of him, the truth is he's struggling and should call it quits before he does more damage. The sooner he realizes the better.

  • Android on April 17, 2014, 17:52 GMT

    yuvi is back

  • Android on April 17, 2014, 17:02 GMT

    please selctore dnt ignore domestic perfemence...ipl is money game domestic is true game ..some people plop in ipl dnt ignore 7mnths they done hardwork...Robin uttappa..klrahul..vinay..pankajsingh..kedaerjadav...this people should get the chance ...ipl is fast food if they click or plop ...

  • Harry on April 17, 2014, 14:59 GMT

    Yuvi does not belong at the international level anymore, it is sad but true. Even if he excels for RCB it will depend on how he plays the quality bowlers like Malinga, Morkel, Steyn and Narine. If he gets on top of them then he should be in the top order in WC2015. If not move aside and given chances to young bright talent. The one mistake Ind did in WCT20 is to not select a young T20 team. The result at the final would have been different if we had young talent like M Pandey, Tiwari, Jadav etc who are fit, play fearless cricket and have been successful in T20. Yuvi was all at sea in the last IPL and not sure what Kohli and MSD saw in him other than past reputation.

    Let us hope Yuvi does do well and push hard for WC2015 spot!

  • MAHENDRA on April 17, 2014, 13:28 GMT

    Yuvi , you need only one innings to keep your critics silent. After that they will forget your past and praise you. That is cricket. Cricket by chance.

  • Ashok on April 17, 2014, 13:21 GMT

    If Yuvraj recognizes where he failed, that is a big step. The demands of T20 are different from any other format. Each individual has to play for the team not for himself. You got to understand differing demands of the team & play accordingly. Yuvraj did not do that & India lost. As for MI's failure against KKR, this is a second lesson. You cannot succeed with just the power hitters alone like Pollard & Anderson. You need to rotate the strike & keep the score board moving. 163 was a tall score + Gambhir handled his bowlers admirably to counter Rohit's planned attack in the last 5 overs. He kept his best bowlers- Morkel & Narine for the last. I was surprised how boldly Gambhir also had Chawla bowling in those last 5 overs. That was great captaincy! As for DD, they are not as strong without KP in the lineup. He is one of the best T20 players in line with Kohli. DD cannot win without KP. CSK will reach last 4 as it is the best all round side with players who know how to play T20. Go CSK!

  • Venkat on April 17, 2014, 13:10 GMT

    No one can continue to bask in past glory and Yuvaraj is no exception to this rule . Fortunately,IPL has now given another lifiline to Yuvi and it is upto him to prove that he is good enough to play cricket at higher levels . At least then , the Indian public will forgive him for his pathetic performance in the tecent T20 WORLD CUP .

  • Dummy on April 17, 2014, 12:52 GMT

    Without him our middle order look as fragile as thin glass..i know it is much to ask yuvi at middle order but with our shaky openers and dhoni ability is limited has increased his presence in india middle order more sought then ever...and mind you if he returned to form as he does more often in his past in big touranament will add more confidence in kohli...because even god was not able to win matches alone

  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2014, 11:53 GMT

    No my dear don't write him off yet. If India wants any chance in 2015.Get yuvraj back. We won't win anything with rohit or rayddus. . Mind my words. He was written off before 2011. You also know what happened.

  • Koteswara Rao on April 17, 2014, 11:24 GMT

    Agreed with Yuvi - But he is now eligible to play only IPL's... He is Free from all format or all presures at highest level.

    No more chances to him at highest level.. IPL - Franchises will def look at him.

    I am big fan of sch - but sorry for this.

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