Our best performance is yet to come: Warne

Published: Saturday, May 31, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: Captain of the victorious team Rajastan Royals, Shane Warne, said that his team sticked to to the strategies they formulated for the semi final and his team's best performance was yet to come.

"We played according to the plans and strategies which we had formulated and therefore came out on top to enter the final", said Shane Warne while speaking to reporters after the first semi final which Royals won convincingly against Delhi Daredevils.

"Our best performance is yet to come, which we are keeping back for the final" he added.

"We had decided to let Shane Watson bowl short and fast and it paid off with we getting early wickets. The wicket also afforded turn which helped me and allowed me to get some purchase."

The wily spinner also believes that playing in Mumbai too helped his team and said, "it was a good thing that we were playing Delhi here in Mumbai, though I still maintain that we should have played the semifinal in Jaipur, since Mumbai and Delhi have a rivalry of their own which allowed us to get the support of the fans here."

Warne also heaped praise on Shane Watson saying, "He has the opportunity of becoming the best all rounder in the world if he stays injury free and keeps his mind in proper shape".

Praising the Indian boys, Warne said, "players like Munaf Patel, Ravindra Jadeja, Swapnil Asnodkar and Yusuf Pathan have all potential to become big stars for India in the future and I was very happy for Yusuf Pathan on him being selected into the India side for the Bangladesh tri-series."

Meanwhile, defeated captain Virender Sehwag blamed the batsmen for the defeat last night.

"Chasing such a big target, we had decided to go for our shots to keep the run rate down, but they bowled well and as wickets started to fall we just could not recover to put up any fight", he said

But he refused to blame his bowlers for the defeat, "When someone goes after you, it becomes difficult to pull them back and that is what happened with Smith and Asnodkar getting off to a flying start," Sehwag added.

Sehwag however was not happy with the decision of the umpires to allow a runner for Graeme Smith after he seemed to have pulled a hamstring while taking a quick run. Sehwag said, "I told the umpires that Smith was carrying an injury from before, but the umpires said that this has happened on the field therefore he could have a runner."


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