The MS Dhoni-led Rising Pune Supergiants made a dream debut in the IPL, after thrashing apart the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium. However, after that comprehensive win, the men from Pune have toned down their intensity. The victory in Mumbai was followed by a thrashing at the hands of the Gujarat Lions in Rajkot.
Their third outing against the Kings XI Punjab resulted in another humiliating defeat as the Punjabis finally got off the mark in the points tally. With just a win in 3 games, the Supergiants now need to be competent enough in their upcoming games, before the pressure to do well in a multi-team tournament catches up with them.
Supergiants batsman Kevin Pietersen, after the defeat against Kings XI, admitted that he was optimistic despite Pune’s poor show. Pietersen said that in a long tournament like the IPL, there was plenty of time for any side to come back. “You are going to lose, you are going to have bad days and you deal with your bad days and you accept them. “But it’s how you deal with them and how you come back tomorrow. It’s a long tournament,” said Pietersen.
Adding to the team culture in the Pune setup, Pietersen said, “I actually think that the 11 that take the field have to captain themselves.” “They have got a responsibility to MS and to the coaches to captain themselves and the team. “So there might be four ‘C’s next to certain names in the team but I actually think that in T20 cricket, where every ball is an event, everyone is a captain.”
Speaking about their road ahead, Pietersen said that Pune had enough talent and a strong team. “We are just going to worry about what we do. It doesn’t matter what the opposition does. T20 cricket is about momentum and when it is with you, it’s good; when it is against you, not so good,” he said. “How that works, I don’t know,” said Pietersen.