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Unmukt more confident after 'pearls of wisdom' form KP

Last updated on: October 18, 2012 17:02 IST

Unmukt more confident after 'pearls of wisdom' form KP

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It really pays to be Unmukt Chand these days. As he discovers, Delhi Daredevils' star players, like Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardene, Morne Morkel, have enough time to discuss cricketing matters with him.

"You really feel confident when you have a session with someone like Kevin Pietersen. I had an elaborate session in Pertoria, where he gave me some valuable tips on technique," revealed the latest Indian sensation from Durban.

"I was trying to hit every ball out of sight and KP told me not to do that, as I wasn't shaping up correctly. He told me that unlike India, where one can accelerate in a T20 game from the first ball, it's not possible in South Africa.

"He advised that since I will bat up the order, I should be cautious during the initial phase and then start attacking. I should check my shape while trying to play attacking shots," stated the former India Under-19 captain, who got a chance to pick the star batsman's brains.


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'Hitting Kallis for a six was special'

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If he got Pietersen to talk on batting, his skipper, Mahela Jayawardene, complimented him after the match against Kolkata Knight Riders.

"Mahela told me that under the circumstances, my innings was one of the best in T20 that he has seen. It was indeed a proud moment when something like this comes from a player of his stature.

"And Morne has started calling me a 'legend', and pats my back whenever he gets a chance," he informs, with a laugh.

The six Unmukt hit off Jacques Kallis's bowling during the Champions League Twenty20 match was a "special one", and he feels it got him the momentum.

"Hitting Kallis for a six was special. It was right there in my slot and I timed it really well. The six gave me the momentum to build an innings," he added.


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'Ross was telling me to concentrate on singles'

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New Zealand skipper Ross Taylor was a constant source of encouragement during that partnership.

"Ross was telling me to concentrate on singles and twos and try to hang in for as long as possible. When all these players share pearls of wisdom, it feels that I am on the right track.

"Two years ago when I joined Daredevils, I didn't know that I could chat and discuss cricket with them at length. But it has sunk in and I feel it's normal now.

"A lot of Indian batsmen have struggled on the bouncy South African strips but Unmukt admits that two tours of Australia (with the Under-19 team) and his 'A' team tour of New Zealand has increased his confidence of tackling fast bowlers in these conditions.

"The conditions in South Africa are pretty similar to what I encountered in Australia and New Zealand, so it has been easier to adapt."


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