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Staying relaxed is the key: Ronchi

Scorchers ‘keeper says tackling tough situations calmly will yield results in CLT20

With the two points from the washed out game against the Kolkata Knight Riders, the Perth Scorchers opened their account in the Karbonn Champions League Twenty20 2012. Although they are at the bottom of the points table in Group A, with two games remaining, they are still in the race to the knock-outs. They seemed to have learnt from their mistakes in the first game and looked a changed outfit when they took on KKR at the Sahara Stadium Kingsmead. They lost Herschelle Gibbs in the first over but Shaun Marsh and Simon Katich pulled them through with a 70-run partnership for the second wicket.

Keen to make a dash for the title, the Scorchers will now be heading to Cape Town where they face off against the Delhi Daredevils next.
After rain stopped play here, Scorchers’ wicketkeeper-batsman, Luke Ronchi spoke to clt20.com about their campaign.

Excerpts from his interview:

On whether they have been working on their middle order

Yes, we have been and that is the thing. In the last game we didn’t work so well. Today we set a good platform for a good finish to our innings. Hopefully, we can continue with that in our next game in Cape Town and get a win.

On the Perth Scorchers’ CLT20 2012 campaign in South Africa

It has been okay. Today has been a bit disappointing because of the rain. Now we have to win the next two games. But we played some good cricket. Hopefully, we can get the weather out of our way, play some good cricket and do well.

On whether the players are in good touch and acclimatised to the conditions

Everyone has been really good. The conditions in Australia and South Africa are quite similar, so lot of the guys are sort of used to the pace and the bounce of the wickets. The guys have played some good cricket. They are in fine touch and hitting the ball well and bowling well. This game didn’t go the way we wanted it to, but now we have two games left, so we will make the most of those.

On CLT20 as a platform for players from different parts of the world

It is good fun and good cricket. You are playing international players and domestic players from different countries, so it is a really good place to test your skills. And Twenty20 cricket is competitive and is good fun to play.

On what will be the key to succeed here

Staying relaxed I think. We are sort of quiet calm about situations when things don’t go well. The guys are still pretty calm. We have some cool heads in some of the older guys so that is a big key for us. During the summer we played well so hopefully we get that chance again to play well I guess.

On how he has found the conditions as a wicketkeeper


They have been pretty good. Our first game in Centurion was very good with good pace and bounce, with catching and spinners bowling well; so I enjoyed it.  

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