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    Time for bowlers to step up: Nannes

    RCB pacer wants to stop relying on power-packed batting

    Bengaluru 06 April 2012
    Dirk Nannes is no ordinary cricketer. For this Victorian, hurling down a cricket ball is not the be all and end all of life. A professional skier, who participated in various World Cup skiing events for several years, Nannes embraced cricket as a career in 2005-06.

    He played for Netherlands in the 2009 World Twenty20 [Nannes holds a Dutch passport], then turned up for Australia in an ODI and some T20Is. Now the multi-talented Nannes plies his trade in Twenty20 leagues around the world. His lethal combination of pace, variation, swing and accuracy makes him one of the most sought-after bowlers in the shortest format.

    In the IPL, it’s the Royal Bangalore Challengers who reap the benefit of Nannes’s versatility. He missed almost the entire tournament in 2011 due to a side strain. He’s back this year, fitter, fresher and more determined. The cheerful fast bowler caught up with iplt20.com ahead of RCB’s first clash of the season, against the Delhi Daredevils.

    Unfinished business in IPL

    I am very excited to be back this season. I feel like I have unfinished business; it was very disappointing to get injured last year and miss so much time. But I am back, and hopefully, I can put myself on the park much more than I did.

    The perils of being a Twenty20 specialist

    I think the hard part of doing what I do is the off season. For [us] people, who just play T20 cricket, we don’t have a home base. It’s okay at the moment because I am in the middle of my season. The tough time for us is when it gets to November and there aren’t any T20 competitions. So it’s hard to not detrain and keep getting those miles under your belt that you need.

    Vinay Kumar, the answer to RCB’s bowling woes

    Every team needs a balanced attack; I think that’s something we’ve struggled with in the past. We’ve always been able to make 200 runs, [but] struggled to restrict teams. We’ve missed a fourth and fifth bowler I guess. I think Vinay fills a massive hole for us in that regards.

    Time for the bowlers to step up

    The bowlers have probably let the side down in the last little while because we’ve been letting teams get 200 or 210. But we’ve been fortunate to have a batting line-up that just comes out and scores the runs. We can’t, as a bowling unit, rely on that happening always. As a team, we’ll be able to bowl better this time. I am looking forward to the entire team getting us to the final, and not just our batting. Everyone has a job to do.

    The spin twins, Muttiah Muralitharan and Daniel Vettor

    Given the quality and the number of overseas player we have, it’s going to be difficult to fit Murali, Vettori and Nannes in the same team. So, I’m not sure if I’ll ever bowl with them. But I am sure it’s going to be great having them around. Having people like that around is invaluable for the team.

    The toughest nut to crack

    The best batsman in the world right now is Virat Kohli, and fortunately he is in our team. He has had a phenomenal run of form. In general, I tend to struggle with people with fast wrists. Brendon McCullum has played very well against me. Jayawardene and Sangakkara too are excellent. There are a lot of players.

    The Chris Gayle factor

    I am not too bothered about Chris Gayle; I’ve gotten him out every time I’ve played him.

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