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‘Can’t afford to waste deliveries’

Calcutta: Out of all the Bengal players being part of IPL VII, Wriddhiman Saha and pacer Mohammed Shami are the ones to make decent contributions for their respective sides.

For Shami, it’s been a tad unfortunate as whatever little effort he put in with the ball went in vain because of an extremely sloppy show from some of his Delhi DareDevils teammates. The scenario is a bit different for Wriddhiman as he went through a lean phase while Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) notched up five successive victories. And just as the stumper top-scored with an unbeaten 47-ball 59 against a bottom-placed Mumbai Indians, the Kings XI ended at the losing side — their first in this edition.

Figures do suggest that Wriddhiman is slowly getting his form and rhythm back. But he doesn’t seem too happy with the performance he put up last Saturday. Rather, he feels he consumed quite a lot of deliveries up front, which affected the Kings XI’s scoring rate.

“It’s good when you get runs for your team and more so, if you find yourself as the top scorer. But having said that, I feel I played too many dot balls initially. I did make amends later, but at this format, you can’t afford to waste so many deliveries,” Wriddhiman told The Telegraph, on Monday.

According to him, his slow batting during the initial stages was also a reason behind KXIP’s winning streak getting broken. “True, we did concede too many runs towards the end. At the same time, I would say that had I scored a little quicker early on, we could’ve scored more runs and created further pressure on our opponents.”