Play Fantasy Cricket & Win

Cash Daily! Click here

Home > News >

IPL 2013: Dhawal Kulkarni feels spell against Royal Challengers Bangalore was his best

IPL 2013: Dhawal Kulkarni feels spell against Bangalore was his best

Dhawal Kulkarni finished with figures of three for 19 against the Royal Challengers Bangalore © IANS

Mumbai: Apr 28, 2013

Pacer Dhawal Kulkarni feels his three for nine against a rampaging Royal Challengers Bangalore in Mumbai Indians’ 58-run win is one of his best in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Playing his first match of the season, Kulkarni picked up three for 19 as Mumbai Indians pulled off a great win at the Wankhede Stadium here Saturday.

“I feel this is one of my best performances in the IPL. To get my first game this year and come out with a performance like this feels special. This was the opportunity that I got after a long time and I wanted to cash in on the opportunity,” Dhawal Kulkarni told IPLT20.com.

Dhawal picked up three big wickets of Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers and Tillakaratne Dilshan and backed up the performance of Lasith Malinga and Mitchell Johnson in initial overs.

“It does not feel great to sit in the dugout, because you always want to go and perform for the team. I was working hard in the nets and working vigorously on my fitness over the past few weeks. I was waiting for this opportunity and I had the belief in myself that I would bowl well when I got the chance.”

“It is great to end up on the winning side after bowling your heart out in the match. I do not want to stop here. I want to help my team win in the fixtures to come,” he said.

Dhawal said getting out Chris Gayle early was crucial for Mumbai.

“We knew we had to target the big three in the RCB set-up. Getting Gayle early was definitely crucial, but we had to get AB [de Villiers], Dilshan [Tilakaratne] and [Virat] Kohli as well, because they had the ability to chase totals. Once we had their wickets, we knew it was our game from there on,” he said.

Talking about the wicket, he said: “The Wankhede wicket has always been full of swing and bounce. The ball was holding a little bit in the second innings. I bowled to my strengths and did not try to do much. I bowled at a particular line and length consistently and believed in keeping things simple.”

Dhawal said the Wankhede strip is a good wicket to bat on.

“We would have liked to defend a 200-plus score, but had to be satisfied with 194 which was a good total too. You can never jump into conclusions in T20s.”

“We have seen Royal Challengers Bangalore chase huge totals in their previous games and we did not want to take them lightly. Picking wickets at the start of the innings was crucial and our bowlers did a great job by sticking to the basics. It was a great team effort,” he said.

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 17, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Sharjah

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 18, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 18, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Abu Dhabi

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014 (16:00 IST)   at Dubai

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 19, 2014 (20:00 IST)   at Dubai

More

Indian T20 League 2014

Apr 16, 2014  at Abu Dhabi

Scores delayed by 15 mins Kolkata Knight Riders won by 41 runs

Womens World T20, 2014

Apr 6, 2014  at Dhaka

Australia Women won by 6 wkts

T20 WC 2014

Apr 6, 2014  at Dhaka

Sri Lanka won by 6 wkts

Womens World T20, 2014

Apr 4, 2014  at Dhaka

England Women won by 9 wkts

T20 WC 2014

Apr 4, 2014  at Dhaka

India won by 6 wkts

Photos

Duke and Duchess of Cambridge play cricket

Videos

Video Highlights: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders wickets

IPL 7: Vintage Jacques Kallis showed his class for Kolkata Knight Riders against Mumbai Indians

IPL 2014: Onus on Chris Gayle to take Royal Challengers Bangalore all the way

IPL 2014: Capacity crowd at UAE provides glimpse of the T20 league’s huge following

Narendra Modi’s tea-vendor origin influences MS Dhoni in calling laundrymen to clean up BCCI mess

Delhi Daredevils vs Royal Challengers Bangalore IPL 2014 Preview: RCB have advantage over DD sans Kevin Pietersen

Australia BCCI England India IPL IPL 7 IPL 2014 Kolkata Knight Riders Lasith Malinga Moments in history Mumbai Indians Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders Royal Challengers Bangalore Sachin Tendulkar

IPL 2014: High Court stays Delhi government tax demand from Delhi Daredevils

Kumar Sangakkara on Durham’s radar for County Championship

IPL 2014: Delhi Daredevils ropes in RBL Bank as new partner

Rajasthan Royals aim to put spot-fixing controversies behind in IPL 2014 clash against Sunrisers Hyderabad

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals IPL 2014 Preview: Familiar but tweaked line-ups looking for early momentum

Delhi Daredevils’ strong bench filled with talented Indian players could be key to success in IPL 7

IPL 7: Vintage Jacques Kallis showed his class for Kolkata Knight Riders against Mumbai Indians

IPL 2014: Onus on Chris Gayle to take Royal Challengers Bangalore all the way

IPL 2014: Royal Challengers Bangalore’s bowlers have their work cut out against Delhi Daredevils

IPL 2014: Capacity crowd at UAE provides glimpse of the T20 league’s huge following

Fan of the Day

Sudatta Mukherjee

Sudatta Mukherjee

1 Posts | 0 Fans

Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL 2014 Video Highlights

Former Apple CEO John Sculley launches Obi Mobiles smartphone brand in India

Karnataka polls: 26 percent polling till noon

Narendra Modi an `encounter Chief Minister`: Chidambaram

BJP fields highest number of criminals in today’s poll

Alia Bhatt: If Shahrukh Khan and Salman Khan give a bad film, it will still make Rs 150 crore!

Telugu superstar Mahesh Babu supports TDP`s Jayadev

Online medical information – bane or boon for the healthcare system?

Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals IPL 2014 Preview: Familiar but tweaked line-ups looking for early momentum

Also on cricketcountry.com