Steve Smith all praise for skipper Ganguly – Cricket News Update
The Pune Warriors India’s overseas player, Steven Smith, lavished praise on skipper Sourav Ganguly after Dada’s “gutsy” performance bagged them the 20-run win over fancied Delhi Daredevils in an IPL match played at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi on Saturday,
April 21, 2012.
Speaking to the media reporters after the match, the prolific Australian all-rounder said that though Ryder and Ganguly set the tone for the Warriors with a 93-run stand for the second wicket partnership, the match was won and lost in the 10th
over of Delhi’s chase, when Dada came to bowl and removed Kevin Pietersen on his first ball of the day.
“It was the crucial time as the captain was able to get rid of Pietersen. The batsman then was really looking dangerous,” said Smith at the post match press conference. “He brought himself [on to bowl] at a crucial time and got those two wickets. It was
pretty gutsy from him," he added further.
Smith, the 22-year-old New South Wales all-rounder playing his first IPL season, has been impressive in the tournament so far. With a tally of 194 runs in seven outings at an average of 38.80 and a strike rate of over 152, he is the second highest run getter
for Warriors, just behind Jesse Ryder, who has totalled 217 runs from six matches.
The Australian hoped his performance is being noticed by the Cricket Australia selectors back home and will help him regain his place in the national team.
"I am really enjoying. It is the first time I am playing in the IPL. We have a good team, we are a good bunch,” said the hard-hitting middle-order batsman who scored a whirlwind 34 off just 13 balls. "My main goal is to play for Australia again. In the last
three months I have been dropped from all three formats. So, I am just working hard and trying to improve," he added further.
Delhi skipper Virender Sehwag also heaped praise on Dada, saying he just behaved like a youngster, smashing boundaries all over the turf and then returning with a stupendous bowling performance. Ganguly’s 35-ball 41 was laced with five boundaries and a six