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IPL Staff in Mohali 19 April 2012 - 09:56pm IST

Our bowling is improving: Nannes

Pacer says Royal Challengers Bangalore know they are a good side

The Royal Challengers Bangalore have had a slow start to DLF IPL 2012. They have lost three out of their five games in the tournament and are currently placed second from the bottom in the points table. However, with a team that has as much individual talent as RCB does, a turnaround of fortunes can only be imminent. Pacer Dirk Nannes echoed the same sentiment ahead of RCB’s crucial clash against Kings XI Punjab on April 20 in Mohali

Excerpts from Nannes’ media interaction:

On Adam Gilchrist not being available for KXIP:


I guess it is a boost, but there’s normally pretty good replacements in their overseas players. I guess, on one side you can say it’s a positive for our team, but you can always replace players. The player [replaced] will not be as good, but it will still be a pretty good team that they put out on the park.

On RCB not performing consistently:

I don’t think there is any need to make wholesale changes. You look at the games we’ve lost, a couple of games have been really close and we’ve been on the wrong side of the result. That has been unfortunate. But we know that we are a very good side and that there is no need to panic.

On bowling being RCB’s weakness, as was the case in the last game against Pune Warriors India:


At the end of that bowling performance, I thought we bowled pretty well. A lot of people don’t understand that bowling in Bengaluru is hard work. It’s a small ground; the wicket plays beautifully if you are a batsman. And I thought, when we walked off the field, it was pretty much a par performance. The only thing we could have done is bowled a few shorter balls. I don’t think there is much need to panic with our bowling line-up. We have started to improve.

On whether there will be any changes in the side for tomorrow’s game:

I have no idea.

On not having got a game in the tournament:


It’s a bit frustrating, but you have to come into this tournament with an air of patience. You realize that there are so many good players around; and of the internationals, like you said, only four can play, which means that the rest are sitting on the side and wondering when they are going to get a game. But the tournament is so long, you are going to get a game eventually. Injuries happen; changes are made. You come here, the team is going to be different from the team that plays in Chennai. Everybody is going to get a go. It is frustrating, but the level of training that we do, and the enjoyment that we have, it is a good team to be around. Everyone stays positive. I could be upset and angry at not getting a game, but that’s not what our team is about. As long as we start winning games, everyone is going to be happy about their position. It doesn’t matter if you are playing or not.

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