Since season one,Shaun Marsh has had a reassuring presence in the King’s XI Punjab dug out. With the Mohali-based team showing signs of peaking at the right time,the return of the team’s all-time top scorer augurs well for the team that is clawing back in contention. Fully-recovered from his hamstring surgery that saw him miss the early part of this IPL,the 29-year-old now wants to hit the ground running. Marsh spoke to The Indian Express about his injury,recovery and the road ahead. Excerpts:
Injury forced you to miss the first half of IPL,a tournament that has seen you grow as a player …
It was too disappointing to be injured as I missed a major chunk of domestic cricket. If not for the injury I could have played from the start of the tournament. But then injuries are part of a sportsman’s life. I am happy to have got the surgery done and the rehab too went well.
What is your fitness status and when will you return to the field?
I am feeling fully fit. I did not play the last two matches. I am taking time to get adjusted to the conditions. Hopefully I would be play the upcoming matches. After undergoing a surgery to repair a ruptured hamstring tendon behind my right knee,I had a nine-week rehab schedule. I did a lot training and worked at the gymnasium. I also did strengthening routines with the physio back in Perth.
With KXIP doing well in the tournament,how do you see its prospects?
I think the team is peaking at the right time. The way David Miller and Mandeep Singh chased 186 against the PWI in Mohali on Sunday,it lifted team’s morale. It has raised the confidence of the team. We need to grab our chances and keep the momentum going.
Are you happy the way your career has panned out,considering that you made your ODI debut in 2008 and you have just played seven Test matches?
Obviously I would have liked to play more cricket than I have. Still,I have high hopes from my cricketing career. I need to score runs in every format of the game and be consistent. After the recovery,I need to capitalize on whatever chances I get and score runs. I think there is a lot of cricket left in me.
What has been you most favourite memory in IPL while playing for KXIP?
Sharing the dressing room with a legend like Adam Gilchrist and playing alongside with him has been the most special for me. I have always admired Gilchrist as a cricketer,he was phenominal for Australia. During IPL,he instills tremendous confidence in the team and motivates a great deal. One can really excel under such a captain.