Has IPL-4 edition could provide a new promising star for World
Champions India? The answer looks ‘yes’, if one sees the way little
known Paul Valthaty is playing. His swashbuckling 75 yet again in
quick succession after scoring a century in the last match, he emerged to knock the doors of Indian selectors. What is more amazing is that he could pick up the ‘orange cap’ for topping the batting table scoring 201 in as many as three matches along side none other than ‘master blaster’ Sachin Tendulkar. Sharing the top slot so early in his career with Sachin is no mean achievement. “I thank my parents and my friends, who encouraged me, play the way I wanted to. My special thanks to my skipper Adam Gilchrist, who gave me so much encouragement before the match to play my game more freely and confidently.
Kings XI Punjab defeated Deccan Chargers by eight wickets
in their Indian Premier League match here Saturday at Rajiv Gandhi
International stadium in Hyderabad on. High on confidence after his
match-winning century in the previous match against Chennai Super
Kings, Valthaty today proved that his effort against the defending
champions the other night was no flash in the pan. Equally dominating with the bat was skipper and Valthaty’s opening partner, Adam Gilchrist, who made a quickfire 61 off 46 balls. After helping his team restrict Chargers to a modest 165 with impressive figures of four for 29, the 27-year-old Valthaty smashed his way to a whirlwind 75 of 47 balls to secure Punjab’s second win of the league.