Bhubaneswar: Odisha T20 skipper Govind Poddar feels that previous warhorse Chennai Tremendous Kings (CSK) are nonetheless the favourites to carry the coveted Indian Premier League (IPL) title this time. The gutsy all-rounder provides full mark to the Mahendra Singh Dhoni led-team to give you flying colors within the 13th version of the grand event which kicks off at UAE tonight.
“Experts might write-off the yellow clad bunch and crib that they don’t have the right blend of experience and youth in the ranks. But most of the senior players in the team know very well how to take the team through crunch situations,” he mentioned.
Nonetheless the state T20 captain admitted that the absence of veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh and all-rounder Suresh Raina (for few video games) will certainly peg the crew. “You can’t replace players with the calibre of Bhajji and Raina. But other senior players in the team know how to cover them up,” he advised odishatv.in .
Other than CSK Govind’s different favourites are Sunrisers Hyderabad, Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians. “These teams will also be pretty tough to beat. They know their game well and are able to pull it from any tight situation,” he mentioned.
Govind thanks BCCI for organising this grand occasion amid the pandemic. “After lockdown market has been open for all. Everybody has a right to earn a living including cricketers. I give full credit and pay my gratitude to BCCI for allowing the cricketers their right over bread and butter amidst the surging Covid-19 situation.”
Govind watches the grand occasion from a unique perspective — as a scholar of the sport. “While watching the game on television, I learn a lot from the greats. It helps me improvise my skills watching them set their innings, maintain the pace of the game and change gears according to situations,” he added.
An all-rounder like Govind is simply tailor made for the T-20 model of the sport. Together with his attacking batting on the high and efficient medium tempo bowling, he might have been a trump card for any crew. It’s an irony that participant of his calibre is but to search out his house within the cash-rich league. Nonetheless, Govind has no qualms over it. “Many great players have failed to find place in IPL teams. It’s not everything and the world doesn’t end here. The selection is also not in our hands. There are many issues and I don’t want to discuss them,” he mentioned.
Govind is simply targeted on what’s in his management. “I am trying to sharpen my skills. Whatever strength I have, I am just trying to focus on those. I am determined for a larger purpose and not unnecessarily worried over IPL selection.”
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