We should’ve got more runs: Harris

DC batsman says tight bowling by Muralitharan slowed down scoring rate

Bengaluru 07 May 2012
With their eighth defeat in the tournament, time is running out for the Deccan Chargers. While they showed tremendous improvement in their batting and fielding against the Royal Challengers Bangalore, their bowlers could do little as Tillakaratne Dilshan and AB de Villiers were in their element.

After DC went down by five wickets, caught up with their opening batsman Dan Harris, who scored a fine 47 (off 41 balls) to take his team to 181. The Australian was glad to score some runs, but rued the fact that he couldn’t score his runs at a fair clip, which would have added crucial 20 runs to the total.

Time is running out for you guys.

This was a disappointing night for us. 180 was a par score and we did everything right until we saw havoc from AB de Villiers. We are disappointed that we lost, but RCB played great cricket to chase down that target.

How hard is it to motivate players when you know it’s very difficult to make it to the playoffs even if you win all the matches?

I don’t think it’s difficult to motivate us because we want to play our best cricket. We know if we play our best cricket, we will climb up the table. We are not thinking about the playoffs now; we just want to go there and play our best cricket and put a good show. And hopefully, we can do this against KXIP on Tuesday.

Are you happy with your batting form?

I have been sitting out in a few games, and it’s good to get some runs. It was good to get a partnership with Shikhar [Dhawan], who has been playing really well. We could have got to a better score but Murali [Muttiah Muralitharan] bowled a couple of good overs and slowed us down. I think 200 would have been really difficult to chase.

Are you disappointed about not getting few more games under your belt as you look in a great touch with the bat?

You always want to play and it is disappointing to not get a chance. But honestly, we have got some fantastic players and it’s difficult to get picked before the likes of [Dale] Steyn, [Kumar] Sangakkara, [Daniel] Christian and [Cameron] White. The management tries to pick the best combination for each wicket and every opposition.

Something about you that not many people know of is that you are a qualified doctor. What do you specialize in?

I haven’t chosen my field of specialization yet. I completed my studies and did my internship. After the cricket, I’ll go back to it and take a call.

How did cricket come about when you were busy studying medicine?

We’ve got a really good system in Australia that you play club cricket and you get picked from the club cricket to play for South Australia. For six years in the university, I was playing club cricket and doing okay in an odd state game. During my intern year, I had a bit more time to devote to my cricket. And in the last four years, I have played some good state cricket. It’s a great experience to play in the CLT20 last year and now the IPL. I am having a great time playing cricket and when I am not playing cricket I will get back to medicine.

You must have heard a lot about the IPL from fellow Australians. Has the experience been similar to what you had thought?

I would have liked to win a few more games; it is disappointing that we are sitting last on the table. We all are working hard and trying to turn things around. The guys have been really good and the coaching staff has been really supportive and urging us to play better cricket. It’s a fantastic experience and one I will never forget.
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