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    "I've no regrets about the Kolpak move" : Colin Ingram

    Part of Karachi Kings' impressive Pakistan Super League 2018 squad, the 32-year-old T20 specialist Colin Ingram is expected to play a pivotal role in the middle-order if the team is to make it all the way to the final of the ongoing tournament.

    In an exclusive interview with PakPassion.net, Ingram spoke about his impressions of Imad Wasim's captaincy at Karachi Kings, working with Mickey Arthur, Babar Azam's impressive batting talent, having no regrets of leaving South Africa to play as a Kolpak player and why he believes that the standard of cricket in the PSL is comparable to many of the other T20 leagues around the world.





    PakPassion.net: How do you rate Imad Wasim as Karachi Kings' captain?

    Colin Ingram: Imad has been an excellent captain for the team and to be honest, I am surprised that this is his first stint as captain in the PSL. He has handled himself really well and has immersed himself in his team and especially with all the different players from the first week of training since we all got here in the UAE. He is a passionate sort of a person and he is leading Karachi Kings in that way which is really encouraging and so I hope, long may it continue. He is always open to suggestions which is a mark of a good captain and I am really enjoying working with him. As someone who is coming from the outside, I have given him ideas and told him that he doesn’t have to use those ideas and he should trust his own gut feelings and make the call himself. But, I like giving him information and I see that he is happy to receive such suggestions from me as well as from some other experienced guys like Shahid Afridi and Ravi Bopara.


    PakPassion.net: What has it been like to work with Mickey Arthur?

    Colin Ingram: It's been a great and positive experience working with Mickey Arthur and the effect of his coaching can be seen in our players’ performances already. It's always nice to have a coach who has already worked with the local players and Mickey Arthur has already been doing an outstanding job with the Pakistan national side. You can see that he really works well with those guys and they really respect him for that and he is getting the best out of them in this tournament. It's been fantastic working with Mickey and he has been very welcoming towards myself which is excellent.


    PakPassion.net: What does the presence of Shahid Afridi mean for the team?

    Colin Ingram: I have played a lot against Shahid Afridi internationally and also in County Cricket against Hampshire in England. To finally play alongside him has been a fantastic experience although to be honest, I was quite nervous when I met him here for the first time as he is such a big personality. But, what I saw was a person who always has a smile on his face and is a wholehearted cricketer. Having him in the team is absolutely great for our team. To have a big-name player like him in our midst and just his presence also helps the team gel better.


    PakPassion.net: What are your impressions of Mohammad Amir?

    Colin Ingram: I played against him in England in the last County season when he was representing Essex and he was really impressive. I met him again recently and he welcomed me warmly to the team and we spoke about our lives and families which was very interesting. As far as the cricket is concerned, the ball’s been coming out of his hand very nicely in this tournament and I do hope that his injury is not too serious and I feel he will be a big part of the team in our PSL 2018 campaign.


    PakPassion.net: How impressed are you with Babar Azam’s talent as a batsman?

    Colin Ingram: Babar is not only rated highly in Pakistan and in the PSL, but he is also rated highly in the ICC’s rankings where he is currently at number 4 in ODIs and at number 3 in T20I rankings. He is a lovely character to have around in the team and to top it all, he is very level headed. One of his shots in the recent games where he timed it exquisitely past point really is a fine example of his skills and shows the type of excellent talent he has.


    PakPassion.net: Do you have any regrets about the Kolpak move?

    Colin Ingram: I definitely do not have any regrets about the Kolpak move and it was just the next step for me in my cricketing journey. I suppose I just needed to get out and play in a different environment and in a sense, rejuvenate my cricket career again. I have been fortunate enough to have this opportunity and one should not live with too many regrets about decisions of the past. I keep on looking for more opportunities and coming to play in the PSL is of course an honour and yet another way to show my skills. At the moment, I am focusing on what’s ahead of me and what I need to do to learn more. My game has definitely benefited from playing in new environments and I am thoroughly enjoying my cricket at the moment which is important.


    PakPassion.net: Is the future bright for the concept of Twenty20 leagues?

    Colin Ingram: This really is my first season in which I am playing Twenty20 cricket in tournaments such as the PSL and this new experience has been fantastic. The future of Twenty20 Leagues is massive as we see the huge following for such events around the world. Before I came over to play in the PSL, I was playing in the Big Bash for the Adelaide Strikers and we saw crowds of around 40,000 watching games which was amazing. In the subcontinent, the massive following on television and the broadcast deals associated with such tournaments show that there is big interest in franchise-based Twenty20 cricket and this is set to continue in the future as well.


    PakPassion.net: How does the standard of PSL compare with other leagues around the world?

    Colin Ingram: I feel that the standard of the PSL is right up there with the best leagues around the world. There are some really skilled bowlers with quite a few left-arm seamers which is quite exciting for Pakistan cricket. Of course, we then have some excellent spinners some of whom we have already seen do well in the games so far at the PSL. Add to that some seasoned campaigners in terms of the international players and you have a high standard of cricket guaranteed for the PSL. To me the level of cricket is fantastic, and I am sure it will be an exciting tournament.


    PakPassion.net: Can the Karachi Kings go all the way in the PSL and qualify for the final?

    Colin Ingram: I am hopeful that we will be able to go all the way to the final. We’ve had a brilliant start to the tournament and then there is the thought of playing in the final in Karachi. That is a nice end-goal for the team to work towards. If that does happen, it will be brilliant for the team, the owners and most importantly for the people of Karachi. That is a nice little carrot dangling at the end of the string, but we know that to get there, we will need to play some exceptional cricket throughout the tournament. Everyone at Karachi Kings is very excited about that and we are looking forward to the rest of the tournament. If we do get to the final, I will be travelling with the rest of the squad for a historic game in Karachi.


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    Good interview, brutal honest answers


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    He's being really honest, SA are gonna lose more players if this quota thing keeps up

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    He seems quite positive about the whole thing. Can't agree with him on everything, but good interview nonetheless.

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    WOW he is honest alright. Good interview, nice to hear his views.

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    What a pleasure speaking to him in Dubai. Polite yet forthright in his views.


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    Well done to him - an excellent overseas choice!


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    Ingram will have good t20 league career.

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    68* today - could be the difference between the teams.


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    Without doubt one of Karachi's better players at the PSL this time around.



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    What an innings.

    Came in with the score at 4/2 after 1.2 overs
    Came in with the required rate at 9.80
    Scored 127*
    Hit 12 fours
    Hit 8 sixes
    Strike-rate of 215.25

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    Best PSL innings ever.

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    Awesome innings bring his team back into the tournament.

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    Ingram and Rossouw would easily fit into the SA limited overs side.

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    It was his day and he single handily won the game for KK. KK still have a poor batting unit overall and need improvement.

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    Won our hearts today.

    Welldone Colin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neonoir View Post
    Ingram and Rossouw would easily fit into the SA limited overs side.
    Its sad that players of such caliber had to leave SA due to their quota system.

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    Can he play for Pakistan? What a knock!

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    ^About to say the same thing , he is no longer eligible for Saf , can he join Pak if he immigrates?

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    South Africa really needs to abolish this quota system or else they will go zimbawes way.


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    Some of the players produced by South Africa or have some South African upbringing in the last few decades that didn't play for South Africa or didn't play as long as they should have

    Strauss
    Pieterson
    Trott
    Wagner
    CDG
    Abbot
    Morkel
    Viljoen
    Weise
    Parnell
    Ingran
    Rossou

    That's a quality international team right there. The talent production factory of South Africa is just beyond amazing.


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    Daddy’s advice always keeps incredible Ingram calm

    Sharjah, 25 February 2019:

    A golden advice from daddy has always kept Colin Alexander Ingram calm and come out of difficult periods and situations successfully.

    It may not be as big a conquer as Alexander the Great achieved, but Ingram’s aggressive century lifted the Sharjah Cricket Stadium and revived Karachi Kings’ fortunes in the HBL PSL 4.

    Ingram reminded himself of the daddy’s advice on Sunday night as he walked into bat with Karachi Kings – chasing a daunting 187-run target – struggling at two wickets down for just four runs.

    He smashed eight sixes, the last one that won the game for Karachi by five wickets, and a dozen boundaries in his 59-ball 127 not out – the highest-ever by a batsman in a HBL PSL match.

    In the bargain, Ingram notched the fourth century in all HBL PSL matches, matching the fastest three figure mark set by Sharjeel Khan on 50 balls, for Islamabad against Peshawar in 2016.

    The win lifted the gloom in the Karachi camp, their second in five games and handed Quetta their first defeat after four wins on the trot.

    Ingram said he reminded himself of daddy’s advice and tried to keep things simple, a tough task after losing the top two batsmen in ICC T20I rankings – Babar Azam and Colin Munro.

    “At that moment, I thought I should keep things simple,” said Ingram, who played 31 ODIs and nine T20Is for his native South Africa before moving to England.

    “I know there were certain things I wanted to do in my own game when I came to bat. I did not have runs in the last few innings. My confidence was a bit low,” said the left-hander who had scores of one, 16, 21 and five in previous matches.

    “My dad used to tell me as a kid ‘its never a good time to panic’ in such situations. So, I suppose just try to stay calm and fortunately a few options that I took early on that worked and got me boundaries and that sort of got me rolling.”

    Ingram believed spending some time in the middle was the key.

    “I didn’t get runs in the four innings I played, so it was nice to spend some time in the middle again and, like I said, it was nice to spend time out there again and hit it as well as that. I couldn’t have hoped for something better coming into today.”

    Ingram registered his fourth T20 century in a career which shaped in the United Kingdom as well after his migration, but he never cared for personal score.

    “To be honest, I wasn’t thinking of my own scores I was just looking at the runs and balls and trying to squash those and trying to come close and close. Probably at a stage when (Mohammad) Nawaz was bowling and I thought that this is good time to take it on and fortunately it came off and that got momentum going,” said Ingram of the 14th over in which he hit three sixes off the left-arm spinner.

    Ingram believed playing at Sharjah before had helped.

    “It was fortunate to have played at this ground before in T10, so when I was 80 off 40, I felt it similar to how I played before. I always knew we could probably get home from there.”

    Ingram hoped the win will help change the fate of Karachi Kings.

    “I think we had a tough couple of games and sometimes it takes one game to change the momentum and look at the smiles in the dressing room again and hope that’s the case and we can return on winning ways. Its nice to score some runs but at the end of the day a win was the most important for us.”

    Ingram reckoned the inning was one of his best.

    “I think it’s close (to) being the best.” said Ingram when asked if it was his best T20 innings.

    “I got two hundreds in the UK in similar sort of circumstance. Probably, coming off from four low scores and probably not at my best in the last couple of weeks and to get a century like that will definitely be the one I will remember forever.”

    Ingram vowed to take his team to the final, unlike last year when they lost in the second eliminator to Peshawar Zalmi.

    “I am definitely going to Karachi. It’s one of those things, I was disappointed about last year when we played in Lahore in the play-off and lost and didn’t get to Karachi, the home team so thoroughly looking forward.”

    Ingram believed Quetta will remain a force in the HBL PSL.

    “They (Quetta) won their first four games, so they would be telling everyone to stay calm. They got a good total on the board, so they are certainly a force to be reckon with,” said Ingram.

    Ingram admitted leaving South Africa for the UK was a difficult decision to make.

    “Yes, it was a difficult one. I left South Africa for about four-and-a-half years ago. I always told them that my ‘phone is on but it has never really rung. I have been playing for Glamorgan and I am really enjoying. I think there are good Twenty20 leagues to go to, so I am playing in those.

    “Personally I have moved on and moved into a different bracket of my life. I am fortunate to spend time with my family, the family is fortunate to travel with me a lot, so its a difficult one.”

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    Quote Originally Posted by neonoir View Post
    Ingram and Rossouw would easily fit into the SA limited overs side.
    And they will be perfect no.3 and 4 imo.

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    Quote Originally Posted by The Viper View Post
    It was his day and he single handily won the game for KK. KK still have a poor batting unit overall and need improvement.
    I don’t know why MA shuffles his batting order too much in this years PSL. He is inconsistent with his choice of batting order and personnel in this tourney as far as I have seen.

    And if Sohail Khan is not good enough just bench him and try out the other young options in ur team instead of showing that ur off in the dugout.
    Last edited by Zeeraq; 25th February 2019 at 19:41.

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    Wrote this when Ingram was first selected. At the time, many on here were writing him off:

    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    Strong picks today. The two Colins, Luke Wright (wasted at QG) and Johnson are clever picks.

    But domestic picks are a little disappointing.
    Quote Originally Posted by mak36 View Post
    Why are people writing Ingram off?


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