We missed Morkel: Venugopal Rao

DD batsman reflects on his team’s 21-run loss against RCB

New Delhi 18 May 2012
The Delhi Daredevils put up a fight till the end in their home game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore. However, playing without Virender Sehwag and Morne Morkel, DD lost the contest as they 21 runs short of RCB’s 215. The Daredevils’ Middle-order batsman, Venugopal Rao, scored 36 runs in his team’s loss.

Speaking to after the match he shared the positives from this high-scoring match for DD.

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.
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