Australian batsman Shaun Marsh on Sunday said the three not-so-impressive seasons in the IPL are behind them and hoped to do well in the fourth edition of the Twenty20 event, beginning next week.
The Punjab side, to be led by Australian great Adam Gilchrist this time around, had made the semifinals on one occasion but were ordinary in the other two seasons.
Marsh said the new set up is good enough to pull off a good show. Gilchrist had led Deccan Chargers to title in season two in South Africa and also have Michael Bevan as coach.
“We have a new team, new coaching staff. I believe what has happened in the last three years is irrelevant now. It’s a bit of history,” the 27-year-old Marsh said.
“The player auctions have thrown up some new combinations. We may have lost some players, but gained others. I think we have a balanced squad and we are looking forward to the challenge to win the finals.
“Gilly (Gilchrist) is a great team leader. He brings with him a wealth of experience. We saw how he led the Deccan Chargers earlier,” Marsh, son of former Australian batsman Geoff Marsh, said.
He said the team would discuss all facets of the game with their coach and draw a game-plan for the tournament.
Marsh, whose 19-year-old brother Mitchell features in the rival IPL team, disagrees that too much cricket is being played these days.
“This is all part of international cricket schedule these days. If you don’t like it, better find another job. We are lucky and fortunate that we get to play cricket for a living,” said Marsh, who has featured in 33 ODIs and 42 T20s so far after making his ODI debut in June 2008.
Marsh refused to compare the two former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting and Indian captain MS Dhoni, saying both had great leadership qualities.
He also said that India had played really well against Sri Lanka in World Cup final in Mumbai last night chasing down a challenging total.
Marsh is also hoping to get to play for Australia more often under Michael Clarke after Ponting stepped down from Test and ODI captaincy.
“Michael is a fantastic leader. Looking forward to playing under him,” he added.
The Punjab squad includes David Hussey, Ryan Harris, Nathan Rimmington, Dmitri Mascarenhas, Stuart Broad, while the Indian International players are Dinesh Karthik, Praveen Kumar, Piyush Chawla and Abhishek Nayar.