• Deccan Chargers batsman Tirumalsetti Suman opens up on how the Indian Premier League has changed things for him.

    Nagpur: T Suman's promotion up the batting order has proved to be a masterstroke for the Deccan Chargers. Having played a match-winning knock against the Royal Challengers, the 27-year-old overcame an attack of gastroenteritis to guide his team to victory against the Super Kings on Saturday. Suman spoke to HT on how IPL has changed things for him.


    It was an indifferent start in the IPL before you were promoted up the order. What has changed now?


    Nothing really. I was told that I would have to bat at No 3 an hour before the Bangalore match. Throughout my domestic career, I have batted as an opener so it was easy to adjust to the job.


    In both the matches, your partnership with (Andrew) Symonds shaped the win. What inputs does Symonds give you between overs?


    It's not just Symonds. Even (Adam) Gilchrist gave me a lot of inputs against the Royal Challengers. Both tell me to keep

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  • Murali Kartik's life has been all about being left out of teams and watching glumly from the sidelines.

    Bangalore: Murali Kartik's life has been all about being left out of teams and watching glumly from the sidelines. For once, the left-arm spinner was probably lucky to sit out, for he escaped the ire of his angry captain, Sourav Ganguly, after KKR were thrashed by the Royal Challengers. Kartik has recovered sufficiently from a groin strain, picked up on the field and exacerbated by a fall in the bathroom, and will be a key player in KKR's remaining games.

     

    Are you doing anything different for T20 cricket?

     

    Nothing different. It's a thin line between trying for wickets and being economical. My theory is that if I can bowl four overs for 24 runs, I've done a job for the side. It doesn't happen every time, but if the mindset is like that, you're serving your team.

     

    Spinners are considered cannon fodder in international limited overs cricket. But in this IPL, the top three bowlers by

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  • Leg-spinner Amit Mishra, unfortunately left out of India's World T20 squad, is the leading wicket-taker so far in this year's Indian Premier League and holds, by virtue of it, the Purple Cap. Excerpts from an interview.

    New Delhi: Much of the credit for the Daredevils' success has been given to their batsmen. However, one man has quietly contributed as much, if not more. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra, unfortunately left out of India's World T20 squad, is the leading wicket-taker so far in this year's Indian Premier League and holds, by virtue of it, the Purple Cap. Excerpts from an interview.

     

    Is a spinner being the leading wicket-taker in a T20 format unusual?

     

    Look at it this way. Batsmen take chances on spinners, and if the spinner has the nerve, he can exploit those chances. I believe if you are a quality spinner who can think, and have confidence in your abilities, you can take wickets in any format.

     

    How has it been under Gambhir?

     

    Gautam and Sehwag, his predecessor as Daredevils'

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