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The Rajasthan Royals, who started IPL 2012 as a dark horse, were later in contention of a playoff spot. However, they’ve only managed to finish at No.7 on the points table, after losing their last two games of the season. In their last game of IPL 2012, the Royals were dominated by the might of Sachin Tendulkar andDwayne Smith who chased down 163 with their unbroken opening stand.
Promoted up the Royals’ order in the last few games, all-rounder Stuart Binny today chipped in with a useful 30 runs after they opted to bat first. The Karnataka player discussed the positives from the season for him and his team, after the disappointing loss. Excerpts from Binny’s brief interview:
On the disappointing loss
Yes, we are very disappointed. Once we didn’t qualify, I think our spirits went down a bit. But we just needed to go out and play good cricket today, show some positive [intent], especially someone like me who hasn’t really got a big run in the IPL; it was very important. On the team’s highs and lows this season
Definitely, there are positives. The way we played in the first half, when we were on the top of the table, showed that our team has a lot of spirit and the players really back each other here. So I think lot of positives to take from the season.
On whether they were a few runs short while setting the target
The wicket initially did seam a bit, so it got a little difficult [to bat on]. I think we batted well from where we were [after losing early wickets] to get to what we did. But they just batted us out of the game. They never gave us chance to pick even one wicket. When batsmen are batting so well, it’s really hard to come back into the game. On whether the dropped catches made the difference
Yes, definitely. If you take catches and get a new batsman in, it does create some pressure on the batting side. But sometimes you do drop a few.
On Dwayne Smith being dropped early on
It was a crucial catch. If we would have got him out early, he wouldn’t have got those 80-odd runs. But then, it happens [...]. On how the season panned out for him
I would say it was a decent season. I finished off well. I never really got chance to bat, but in the last three games I was promoted to No. 4. I was happy with the way I batted at No.4, which shows that I can take on the bowling in the IPL. I am pleased with what I have done batting at No.4.
On playing under Rahul Dravid
I grew up as a kid in Bangalore and I also play in the same club as Rahul. He is also my Ranji Trophy captain, so I have learnt a lot from him. Learnt a lot from his character, the way he handles himself under pressure and when you play a certain shot and such things. It has definitely helped me a lot in my career. I am looking to play for a couple of more years with him.
Deccan Chargers batsman says Kolkata Knight Riders are the strongest team in playoffs
By Akshay Manwani
Hyderabad 20 May 2012
The Deccan Chargersearned the tag of spoilers having eliminated another team from IPL 2012. They beat the Royal Challengers Bangaloreby nine runs in their final league outing to bring an end to the Bengaluru franchise’s hopes of qualifying for the playoffs. JP Duminy, who struck a 53-ball 74, and Dale Steyn, who finished with bowling figures of 4-0-8-3, were the stars of DC’s win. This result also helped the Chargers escape the ignominy of finishing with the wooden spoon, as they edged past the Pune Warriors India on the points table.
Cameron White, one of the most consistent performers for the Chargers in the tournament, spoke to iplt20.com following his team’s victory. It must be satisfying to knock two teams out even though you didn’t qualify
Yes, that’s right. It is a nice way for us to finish off the tournament. We got a couple of wins at home for the fans, which is good [and] so it is a nice way to finish. Dale Steyn bowled phenomenally well today with four overs for eight runs and three wickets. What do you have to say about that?
[He has bowled well] not this game, but the whole tournament. What about Dale Steyn versus Chris Gayle? It’s as good as it gets. Dale has been fantastic in the last two games. Basically, he has been a big part in us winning those two games. That’s why he is the best in the world, isn’t it?
JP Duminy played well today. One just got the feeling that he should have got more opportunities in the tournament. What do you think?
I think it’s just the make up in the team. JP is a fantastic player and he showed that today and throughout the tournament. I guess Twenty20 is a difficult one sometimes in trying to find the right mix. You can make your opinion about that, I guess.
You, Shikhar Dhawan and Dale Steyn were consistently good for DC in this tournament. Besides that, what are some of the other positives for the team in IPL 2012?
I think we are such a young team. The experience of 16 IPL matches is going to be really big for the young and the local players. Akshat Reddy, in last couple of games, has been good. So, getting some games for the younger players is going to be good for the team for the future tournaments. DD, KKR, MI and CSK have qualified for the playoffs. If I had to put you on spot, which team will go the distance?
I think KKR. The wickets have been pretty used now and there are some games in Chennai. That will suit them. I think KKR with their spinners is the team to beat.
Where do you go from here?
I am home for about two weeks and then off to county cricket. [I’m playing] T20 there for Northamptonshire.