Kolkata, May 23: After claiming the No. 1 spot in the first seven games in IPL 5, Pune Warriors slumped to the bottom ending their miserable campaign. Warriors skipper Sourav Ganguly said his side lost confidence in the last phase of the tournament.
Pune won four of their first seven matches but couldn't manage to win even a single game in the last nine.
"We were no 1 after the first seven matches but went on to become last... The team looked to have lost confidence during the last phase of the tournament. It showed in the way we could not chase down MI's 121 (losing by one run) and KKR's 137 (losing by 34 runs)," Ganguly said.
Ganguly feels that playing in the IPL had more pressure than the international cricket but the two forms of cricket cannot be compared.
"Of course playing in a franchise has more pressure than when you are playing for the country. You play International cricket nonstop and there's time to come back in the next series after a failure," he said.
"But here the next IPL is after a year so everybody remembers the failure. They do interfere and obviously it's a part and parcel of the game as they spend so much on a team. You have to deal with it.
"For a captain, picking the XI is the most difficult job in IPL. But in international cricket, you just have to pick the best from a squad of 14. So you just can't compare IPL with that of International cricket," he added.
Ganguly further said pacer Ashok Dinda was the find of their season. "Ashok Dinda was outstanding in this IPL. It's difficult to pick next two best things to have happened for Pune Warriors," he said.
Dinda suffered an injury as the Warriors lost form this season but Ganguly said the pacers loss was not the reason for their failure.
"Calling Dinda's injury a setback would be wrong as a team should not be over dependent on a particular player. It feels bad obviously. We tried to come back but it's easier to talk than perform in the middle.
"In T20, it's about taking chances. There is very less time to settle. By not performing few matches won't necessary make you irresponsible," he said.
When asked about the poor run of Australia skipper Michael Clarke, Ganguly said: "Even we were expecting a better show from him. But one has to understand the format. All the three formats are different. He played T20 after a long time and it's difficult to adjust. It's not the same case with Chris Gayle or David Warner who are T20 specialists."
Ganguly also said it would really be helpful if the Indian cricket board allows national players to participate in T20 leagues overseas.
"That's one problem with the Indian players. The Board here does not allow players to compete in T20 in other countries. I was offered to play in Australia and Bangladesh T20s but the BCCI did not allow being the captain of the Pune Warriors India," he said.