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‘I want to be a match winner’

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 playing my game and not take too much pressure.


You came into the limelight in IPL II with some consistent performances. How has IPL changed your life?


No one really follows domestic cricket and most of the times, good performances go unnoticed. In IPL, a good 30 or 40 gets noticed. When I go out in Hyderabad, people recognise me and at times I even get special treatment.


You once said that if you were not a cricketer you would have liked to be an astronaut. As a cricketer what is it you want to be known for?


The astronaut bit came from my childhood dream of wanting to land on the moon. As a cricketer, everyone wants to play for the country and get recognition. Whatever level I play, I want to be known as a match winner.

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