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IPL Staff in Chennai 20 April 2012 - 06:39pm IST

This is RR’s strongest team: Trivedi

Pacer says the current unit is the most well-balanced squad since IPL 2008

Siddharth Trivedi has been one of the very few constants in the Rajasthan Royals since IPL 2008. The talented pace bowler was an important part of Shane Warne’s team, and now he plays a crucial role in the Rahul Dravid-led side.

Ahead taking on the Chennai Super Kings in their own backyard, Trivedi spoke to the media about his team’s determination to win more games away from home and also the best things about being a part of the RR squad.

On plans for the strong CSK team

We won our lat two matches against better sides like RCB [Royal Challengers Bangalore] and DC [Deccan Chargers], so our confidence is high. We have done our preparations well. We’re playing on CSK’s home turf, so it’s going to be a challenging game for us. It’s going to be a big test of our character, and we’re up to it.

On death overs bowling being a concern

We’re aware that we went for a few runs in the death overs of the last two games and we have tried to address it. We have been practising death bowling since the last two days and we’re confident of delivering well in that aspect in tomorrow’s game.

On the similarities in Shane Warne and Rahul Dravid as captains

Both of them are great motivators; they give you so much confidence just before the game. They have played so much of cricket and have a wealth of experience, which they share with the domestic players. The best thing about Rahul Dravid is that he backs us throughout, whether we do well or not. He’s calm in victory and defeat, and never reacts too much. That keeps us going on the field.

On the team’s bowling unit

In our team, every bowler has been given a specific role and each of us tries to perform that role to the best of our ability. Even in the nets, we practise keeping in mind our role. That helps us implement things, because we know clearly what we’re expected to do in the game.
On whether it is tough for the young side to not get carried away with such fine results

In our team, the youngsters are really eager to perform and show their skills. We know that IPL is a platform that gets you international recognition. There’s a hunger among the young players to do well. Plus, we all really look upon the senior members in the side – not only Dravid, but also the other international players. We try to observe their behaviour, attitude and their approach towards the game. All these things enable us to learn something daily from them and improve our own games.

On RR being underdogs

Rajasthan Royals have always been considered the underdogs. At the start of the tournament, we’re never considered a strong team by the oppositions, and it is the same case this time. But if you look at our team this year, we’ve a lot of balance in it. We have a good mix of experience and youth, we have good bowlers and our batting has strengthened a lot because Ajinkya Rahane, Brad Hodge and Owais Shah are in great form. I believe this is our strongest team in all five seasons [of the IPL].

On RR’s plans for CSK’s in-form opener Faf du Plessis

Probably a spinner can come on early because he likes the ball to come on to the bat. We haven’t decided anything yet, but you will probably see some surprises tomorrow.

On improving the team’s record away from home

The win against RCB in Bengaluru has given a lot of confidence to the team in terms of winning away from home. It will be important for us to keep that momentum going. If we beat Chennai [Super Kings] in Chennai tomorrow, it will be a great boost. It is a very important game for us.

On Rajasthan Royals as a franchise


I really appreciate the Rajasthan Royals because they’re the franchise who gave me a chance to play in this world-class tournament. I love playing for RR, because I get to play more number of matches here. I gel along with my teammates and the support staff and the management very well. They all back you and there’s no groupism in the team. We’ve also had some great international players to guide us. On and off the field, I truly enjoy being a part of Rajasthan Royals.

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