I play for wins, not for limelight: Joseph

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Alzarri Joseph
DREAM DEBUT: Mumbai Indians’ Alzarri Joseph bowls during their IPL match against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Uppal Stadium on Saturday. — Photo: Hrudayanand D

Hyderabad: It was a dream debut for the West Indies speedster Alzarri Joseph, who recorded the best IPL bowling figures of 6/12 that eclipsed the previous best of Rajasthan Royals’ Sohail Tanvir’s 6/14. Thanks to his fiery spell, he propelled Mumbai Indians to a 40-run victory over Sunrisers Hyderabad in a low-scoring match at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on Saturday.
“It was unbelievable. It is a great start. I don’t think I could have asked for a better debut. I really cherish this moment. I just wanted to go out there and put all my effort into this first game. I want to bowl well and get through it,” he said. Joseph returned with sensational bowling figures of 3.4-1-12-6.

The 22-year-old Windies player said that he is more focused on the team result than the individual performances. “It (hogging limelight) is not something I really play for. I play for wins. I want to win this tournament than achieving personal performances,” he added after their victory.
He also rated the wicket of Siddharth Kaul as his best as it signalled MI’s victory. “The pitch wasn’t the easiest to bat on. So 136 from 120, we thought we can win it if we can get some early wickets.”

Bhuvi blames the middle-order batsmen

Having suffered their first loss at home this season Sunrisers Hyderabad’s stand-in skipper Bhuvneshwar Kumar blamed the batsmen for the setback.

“We are not shocked or surprised by the loss as these things happen in the game. There are a few things that we can improve. After having a good start, we could not really capitalise it. We needed to try to have partnerships of 25 to 30 runs in the middle and we didn’t do that.”
He also said that the wicket played differently than in the previous matches. “The wicket was damp and a bit slow. It was not easy for batsman. But 130 is a chaseable score and we needed to apply ourselves”.

He further added that when their regular skipper Kane Williamson gets fit, he will straight away walk into the team. “The selection will be difficult as everyone is performing well. But that is not our concern right now. We are focusing on what we did wrong in this match and where we can improve from here on.”