Thursday 10 April 2008 

Dimitri Mascarenhas Interview - After Twenty20 Glory

Dimi, start of another season after a busy winter, you must be pretty excited?

Yes, very excited, obviously taking over the captaincy from Warney (Shane Warne), England prospects and of course the IPL which I am really looking forward to as I will be playing with and against some of the biggest names in cricket.

As you said, you had a busy winter with England. How do you feel your international career has gone to date?

It’s been brilliant. Firstly to get picked was great and then to do quite well was really pleasing for me to show that I can perform at that level with both bat and ball. I am also really looking forward to it this year after I get back from the IPL, so I can’t wait to see what happens.

You now find yourself being called the six hitting king, what does that feel like?

Yes it's always nice, I have tried to do that for Hampshire a lot and to do it successfully for England was great at the end of an innings.

With so many different formats coming up during the English summer how does the team chop and change between them?

The lads are quite used to it now. We have the Championship and the Friends Provident starting at the same time which we will be looking to do well in. Getting off to a good start is so important during the year, otherwise you are kind of clawing your way back throughout. As a club we have really underperformed in the Twenty20, so we want to rectify that this year and get to the finals day that is actually at the Rose Bowl, which would be fitting.

So you are setting your targets high as a team, but individually, have you guys wintered well?

We have had a few departures with Shane Warne, Shaun Udal and James Bruce, but our training has been very good. With these players leaving, it creates room for others and I think that the country are going to see a lot of players who they haven’t heard of this year for Hampshire and producing the goods.

Dimi Mascarenhas was talking to Jim White at Lords at the launch of the English County Season.