Learnt a lot from Ponting, Ganguly during IPL: Taibu

Last Updated: Feb 28, 2011, 18:21 PM IST

Nagpur: Zimbabwe senior batsman Tatenda Taibu on Monday said that he has learnt a lot from former captains Ricky Ponting and Sourav Ganguly during his IPL days with the Kolkata Knight Riders, which has stood him in good stead in the ongoing World Cup.

"Well, I am not disappointed that I won`t be a part of the IPL this time. I take every day as it comes. I was a part of the KKR squad and had a fantastic stint with the franchise. Sharing the dressing room with great players such as Ricky Ponting, Sourav Ganguly was a great experience. I learnt a lot about the game from them. It helped me improve as a player," said Taibu, who won the man-of-the-match award for his 98 against Canada in the World Cup match here on Monday.

The pint-sized wicketkeeper and former skipper, who was part of the KKR during the Twenty20 league`s first edition, wants to meet `Dada` (Ganguly) when he would fly down to Kolkata.

"I would love to meet Sourav when I am in Kolkata," he said.

About his stroke-filled innings today, Taibu felt that Canada bowlers bowled a lot of deliveries in his "zone" which helped him play his natural game.

"When they started bowling, they gave me and Ervine a lot of balls in our zone which helped us to have a go at the bowling. Our intention was to keep the run-rate up. By the time the Canada bowlers sorted their length we had scored a few runs."

Having played with Craig Ervine`s elder brother Shaun, Taibu feels that both the brothers have an ability to keep things simple.

"The best part about Craig and Shaun is that they don`t complicate things. I have always enjoyed playing with both Craig and Shaun."

The 27-year-old said that advent of Twenty20 cricket has helped teams in piling up big scores.

"T20 has helped in piling up big scores. Also with the introduction of batting Powerplay and innovative shots, you get bigger scores," he said.

Zimbabwe captain Elton Chigumbura was a happy man and said that the 175-run win would provide the necessary impetus with four group league matches still to play.

"Obviously, I am happy with the performance of the boys. We got a big partnership (181 between Taibu and Ervine) going. We would still like to take one game at a time and not think about a quarterfinal berth straightaway."

PTI