Kolkata v Rajasthan, IPL 2010, Kolkata April 17, 2010

Inexperience cost Rajasthan - Warne

Cricinfo staff

Shane Warne, the Rajasthan Royals captain, has said the inexperience of some players has been a crucial factor in his side's early exit from the tournament. Rajasthan were beaten by eight wickets in a must-win game against Kolkata Knight Riders, depriving them of a semi-final slot for the second successive time, after having won the inaugural edition.

"Inexperience has cost us in certain big moments," Warne said after the game. "When you don't have experience in tough situations you may have some tendency to panic. It is really disappointing not to qualify for the semi-finals."

Rajasthan began the tournament on a poor note, losing their first three games but fought back to win four in a row. But they ended disappointingly, with three consecutive defeats after proving strong contenders for a place in the final four. "To win six games out of eight after losing three in a row shows a lot of character," Warne said. "Unfortunately there was pressure in the last three games and it all boiled down to this one. I think our inexperienced showed."

Rajasthan were restricted to a below-par 132 on a slowish track in Kolkata after Shane Watson had delivered an attacking start, and failed to defend it as a result of a half-century from Sourav Ganguly. "We did not get enough runs after a good start," Warne said. "We tried everything, different field to get a wicket but it did not happen. As captain and coach I take full responsibility. I take full responsibility for three losses in a row."

When asked if he would return for the fourth edition of the IPL next year, Warne said: "I am not sure, to be honest. I think I am still good at captaincy and also bowling pretty well.

"It's a completely different set up next year. It depends whether there will be retention by the franchisees or everyone going up for auction. For me it's all about enjoyment. I think I am fit enough."

Ganguly starred for Kolkata in the field and with the bat, taking a stunning catch to dismiss Yusuf Pathan and following it up with an unbeaten 75 to steer his team home. The win keeps Kolkata's semi-final hopes alive, though they need to beat Mumbai Indians and wish for other results to go their way to qualify. "We have played some outstanding cricket, have been poor at times like the game against Punjab and Bangalore recently. We lost the way. We have let important moments slip out also," Ganguly said.

Kolkata had lost Brendon McCullum and Chris Gayle early in their chase, but an unbeaten 111-run stand between Ganguly and Cheteshwar Pujara saw them through. Kolkata needed to win big, but pair opted for a game of caution before opening up following the time-out to ensure victory with 23 balls to spare. "It was a difficult wicket, it was turning and stopping also. We lost two wickets, we needed to build a partnership," Ganguly said. "First think about winning the game before thinking about the run-rate. If we don't win the game then run-rate does not matter."

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  • anurag on April 19, 2010, 10:05 GMT

    i totally agree with warnie.. .. our team is having all the wanna-bees.. no content and quality players.. players like dogra,jhunjhunwala,trivedi,faiz fazal,sumit narwal,paunika,abhishek raut does not have any experience.. a serious re-framing need to be done for the team.. warnie is the best captain. but in this ipl he was captain of a sinking ship. so cant help it..he alone can't do wonders..

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2010, 21:07 GMT

    I fully agree with the statement given by Warnie, there are almost all sub-standard players in RR team in terms of experience and prowess. Warnie, he would have really created wonders if at least 1-2 batsmen would have been Rohit Sharma, TL Suman and 1-2 bowlers like VK and Bollinger or Pollard.

    Hard luck Warnie!

    Three teams, KKR, RR and PKXI badly need re-framing and insertion of some quality players that are consistent with the ball and batsmen that are hard hitters.

  • BILIGIRI on April 18, 2010, 17:08 GMT

    I turned emotional when Warnie said that his chances of coming back as a cricketer for next IPL edition was 50-50. I love him and i believe all Indians love him. There is simply no one like Warnie, magician with the ball, mesmeric presence, royal aura and above all a charisma that is simply bewitching to watch. He has been one of the stars of the IPL and given it the glamour in all 3 editions. 40 is a bit old, but for just 6 weeks of cricket, if Warnie can maintain his fitness and bowling skills, there is no reason why he cannot return. Warnie like Sir Vivian Richards, Ian Botham, Kapil Dev and Imran Khan come once in a lifetime. Come back one more time, Warnie, India loves you.

  • Ashish on April 18, 2010, 14:44 GMT

    Absolutely third class performance..by far the worst IPL for RR..i m heart broken coz of their exit

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2010, 10:59 GMT

    waqar chaudhry

    Who Kamran akmal? Tanvir agreed was an important player for Rajasthan but Akmal on current form is not a patch on Ohja

  • shyam on April 18, 2010, 9:33 GMT

    Yusuf was a total failure after all the hype. Except one or two matches, he has failed in almost every match. Ghambir , Sehwag, Yuvi, Dinesh Karthik , Rohit were all patchy and inconsistent. Dhoni and Yusuf woefully out of form. Less said about Chawla the better. Jadeja lacks match practise and maybe rusty. Probably only Zaheer, Bhaji and Raina could hold their heads high with their display. God Save Team India during the T20 world cup

  • Mohammed on April 18, 2010, 9:16 GMT

    Yousuf Pathan should learn to show some resistance on slow pitches like of Kolkata yestrday. His job is not just go and bang in everything. In the whole IPL he has just played 3 good Innings only and in the rest of the matches he failed to fulfill the huge expectations of the team and fans.

    @ Waqar Chaudhary :: Kamran Akmal and Sohail were not the only reasons for RR victory in IPL 1 Although Sohail was the best bowler in that tournament but RR victory was mainly attributed to YP for his blistering knocks in later stages of the tournament and due to the consisitency of Shane Watson with both Bat n ball.

    This year Watson missed earlier half of the tournament due to national commitments and Yousuf failed with the bat except on two to three occassions and G Smith had to leave due to injury and Ravinder jadeja was banned. had Jadeja and Smith were available and Sohail also on borad RR would have won this year IPl surely

  • Ankit on April 18, 2010, 9:10 GMT

    Exit of RR..this was expected.They don't hv quality players,neither Batsmen nor bowlers. Their main batsman is Pathan,who doesn't hv any technique and can't be relied upon.Ojha and Lumb showed some positive sign,but they hv a long way to go. Surely Smith could hv made a difference,but atleast another established foreign batsman was needed.Dimitri and Watson are all-rounders,not PURE batman or bowler. Warne is an "OLD BUT EXPIRED WINE".He'll better suit as a coach than a player.This habit of him..testing debutants in crunch games(Punikar vs. RCB and Finch vs. KKR)is a mistake. Their Indian players are not up to the mark.Jhunjhunwala couln't even hit a ball well he was trying to accelerate against RCB.Consequently,Watson got out trying to push run-rate.Abhishek Raut,Fazal,Kamran Khan..I guess nobody had heard abt them before. They missed a trick during auction.Getting Lehman,Langer,Martin doesn't make a sense.They missed their Pak players. So much, how can they expect to win..!!

  • Dummy4 on April 18, 2010, 9:03 GMT

    The team which is worse affected by not having quality foreign and Indian players is RR. Its good that they came closer to semifinals, but this is all they can do. They surely missing Ravindra Jadeja, Sohail Tanveer and Kamran Akmal. Also, the poor management of players cost them out of semis. Finch is a good player, but was not given opportunity to play the games until the last match. Overall they got what they deserve to.

  • Bramville on April 18, 2010, 8:24 GMT

    Baring the Pak players who were not present, the rest of the team was rather the same. No point in Warne blaming in-experience. Its their selection of the replacement of the overseas players that was flawed. The choices were useless and none of them were match winning players. On the contrary none of the overseas players played to their potential(including Warne), so why blame the local talent. On the whole RR was not a match winning team and would never have made it to the last 4.Infact they were the weakest team in IPL3.

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