Battered Warriors look to pick up the pieces

Afterburn: Pune’s assistant coach Amre tells team not to watch Replays of Gayle Knock

Written by Devendra Pandey | Mumbai | Published: April 25, 2013 2:23 am

Having been at the receiving end of one of the most brutal assaults in cricket history,it’s not surprising that a day later,the first priority in Pune Warriors’ agenda is to try and erase it from their memories. The aftermath of the Gayle massacre has left the Pune bowlers scarred and as assistant coach Pravin Amre puts it,the only focus for his team was to look ahead and dare not recall the disastrous events of Tuesday. Luckily,the Warriors now have a four-day gap after which they can try and restart with a clean slate.

“It’s not easy to forget that kind of a knock but we have to move on. It’s an inexperienced attack,and they cannot be blamed for what happened. It was Gayle’s day. We have instructed the boys to not watch that match again,” Amre said.

The former India batsman also insisted that Pune would be well served by looking at the few positives to come out of the defeat to Bangalore,namely the economical bowling of Bhuvaneshwar Kumar (0/23) and all-rounder Luke Wright (1 for 26) despite RCB’s monumental total of 263/5 in 20 overs.

Pune’s next match is against Delhi Daredevils,the only team placed below them,at Raipur,and the team management has planned to take a couple of days off and hold group interactions,including movie-viewing sessions,to help them relax.

“It is important to maintain a good environment now and try and plan to win the upcoming games. We are at the halfway mark now,and our performance has been below-par so far. We are trying our best to help the players switch off from cricket and get their heads cleared,” Amre said.

Pune,meanwhile,are likely to continue with Australian Aaron Finch at the helm,while they’ll have to make do without Ross Taylor come May,since he is scheduled to join the New Zealand team that departs for a tour of England.

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