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Excerpts from his interview: On the total under which his team was hoping to restrict RCB
When [Chris] Gayle is there [batting the way he did] we cannot do anything. He connected [the bat to ball with] every [shot]. During the second timeout [in the RCB innings, we thought] if we keep them below 200 [runs] we can make it. At the end of the day, we did make 194 runs. [...] But at the end of the day, we were in a good position On where did he think they lost the match
As long as [Andre] Russell was connecting, we hoped that we still could make it. Even in the last over, when 30 runs were required off six balls and he hit six of the first ball, we still had hope. [There were a] lot of positives [from the match]. From Russell [playing well] to Ross Taylor [striking] form. And with one more game [remaining] before the playoffs [that was positive outcome from the match]. On Ross Taylor scoring runs
It is a great pleasure. We are happy that he is getting runs. It is a positive for the team [...].
On whether they missed Morne Morkel
Yes, of course. He is in good form and leading wicket-taker. [...]
On the wicket
The ball kept low in the second-half. And as long as Gayle is batting [there is not much you can do]. He has done that [slammed the bowlers] previously also. [...]
We are doing well [too]. The best thing is we got some positives from this match.
On his batting
It was good. As long as you are getting runs it is good. [But] we needed to win the match.
On whether players like Unmukt Chand and Andre Russell were given a game today since DD has already qualified for the playoffs
Nothing [specifically like that]. It is a team [effort after all]. [...] We had a good positive run and I hope in the next game and the playoffs, we will do well.
On their next match against KXIP
We hope to do well and get to the playoffs on a winning note.
RCB pacer lauds his team’s batting effort against DD in must-win game
By Prajakta Pawar
New Delhi 18 May 2012
With over 400 runs being scored, it was a night for batsmen to make merry at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium today. Although he ended up on the winning side, Royal Challenger’s Bangalore pacer Harshal Patel also went for runs as his team successfully defended 215 against the Delhi Daredevils.
The youngster returned with figures of 4-0-33-0 at an economy rate of 8.25. On a night when most bowlers got the stick from the batsmen, Patel, encouraged by Zaheer Khan, braved the onslaught.
Excerpts from his brief interview with iplt20.com:
On the win, which keeps RCB’s playoff hopes alive
It was a very good win and it was a must-win game and we batted superbly. Chris [Gayle] was just outstanding. I have never seen someone bat like this in my career. It was fantastic and it was a solid team effort. We defended 215. It was a superb track to bat on, so we are very happy.
On whether the win against DD earlier in the tournament gave any confidence going into this match
That was [in our] first game of the tournament. After that, a lot of things have happened, so we didn’t remember that match. We were taking it one ball at a time and focusing on that.
On Virat Kohli getting back amongst runs
He was always batting well in the nets. It was just a matter of one good knock. He is someone who can fire at anytime.
On what Zaheer Khan was telling him between deliveries when he was going for runs
Every single ball he comes to me and bucks me up and tells me, “You are doing well, just keep on bowling. Keep on bowling with the same intensity.” He has been great help. On the influence of Zaheer Khan
Everything, whatever I have done well in the IPL is because of Zaheer bhai. He has supported me throughout from the first game till today. So, a big thanks to him.
On particular advise that has helped
He just tells me to keep it simple. Don’t try anything fancy; just let the batsman take the risk and stick to your plan.
On the 400-odd runs being scored on the Feroz Shah Kotla wicket
It was a fantastic track to bat on, and also, the ground is very small. [...]
On sharing the dressing room with legendary bowlers like Anil Kumble, Daniel Vettori and Muttiah Muralitharan
Fantastic! It is a fantastic feeling and I have learnt a lot in the past two months and I am looking forward to winning the IPL.
On whether their next match against the bottom-ranked Deccan Chargers gives them more hope of winning
Definitely. But at the same time, every team is dangerous in the IPL and we have seen this throughout the game. So, we are not complacent, we are just positive and taking it one game at a time.