Chennai: Pune Warriors India captain Yuvraj Singh admitted that he should take the blame for not being able to finish the game as their team slumped to third defeat after CSK beat them by 25 runs at Chepauk on Monday. Yuvraj played an uncharacteristic knock of 34 off only 43 balls.
"It's difficult to come back once you are four down inside the first six overs. I should also take a lot of blame for not being able to finish the match. This has happened for the third time now that I have started off well but couldn't finish off the match," Yuvraj said at the post-match presentation ceremony.
The Warriors skipper however didn't regret the decision to bowl first. "I have no regrets for opting to field first. Our bowlers Jerome (Taylor), Rahul (Sharma) and Alfonso (Thomas) bowled. I believed that 143 was not that big a score."
Yuvraj's counterpart Mahendra Singh Dhoni was happy that his team was back to winning ways. "This was very important win for us. We can't afford to lose too many games in a row. Hopefully, we can continue the winning momentum," he said.
Asked whether he is an instinctive captain or does a lot of planning, the Indian captain said that he does not believe in too much of planning. "I don't do too much of planning. I don't attend bowlers' meetings. I believe every wicket is different, every situation is different. I always go without any pre-planned ideas in the mind. It helps me. Our bowlers generally do have a meeting but I don't attend them. As it may just restrict my decisions."
The skipper lauded his fielders who made a modest total look even more difficult. "We didn't have too many runs on the board. The fielders did an exceptional job and the total of 142 now looks like 155 which was difficult total on this track."
Man of the match Michael Hussey's assessment was that the pitch was on the slower side. "It certainly was a lot slower than Bangalore. We had to make adjustments quickly. The fielding was outstanding. We had a just-below-par score. Every time we wanted to kick on, we lost a wicket, but that was the nature of the wicket. We just wanted to try and take it as deep as possible."