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Pacer says the current unit is the most well-balanced squad since IPL 2008
By IPL Staff
Chennai 20 April 2012
Siddharth Trivedi has been one of the very few constants in the Rajasthan Royalssince IPL 2008. The talented pace bowler was an important part of Shane Warne’s team, and now he plays a crucial role in theRahul 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.
Can PWI lift their game against batting champs DD?
By Arun Gopalakishnan
Mumbai 20 April 2012
After an impressive win over Deccan Chargers in their previous match, Delhi Daredevils will now host Pune Warriors India in Match 27 of DLF IPL 2012.
Despite losing most of their formidable batting line-up for next to nothing, Delhi Daredevils powered home in the match against the Deccan Chargers thanks to Kevin Pietersen’s brilliant century. Virender Sehwag’s boys are on a roll now; they’ve won their last three matches and will want to keep their home record this season intact.
Pune Warriors India dominated most parts of their last two matches, only to be pipped at the post. An AB de Villiers special snatched away what was a match-in-the-kitty at Bangalore. In the away fixture against the Chennai Super Kings, Sourav Ganguly’s men dominated for 36 overs, but were outsmarted by the defending champions in the last two overs of both innings.
Saturday, April 21, 2011, 08:00 p.m.
Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi
With a batting line-up that has names such as Virender Sehwag, Kevin Pietersen, Mahela Jayawardene and Ross Taylor, it would be very difficult to pick out just one or two stars. Each player is capable of winning a match single-handedly on his day. However, a lot of the focus will be on Pietersen after his outstanding century in the last match.
On the bowling front, while DD have experienced players like Morne Morkel and Irfan Pathan, the one who has impressed most is left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem. Relatively unknown until this season, Nadeem has turned in four match-winning spells in five matches and has been the best spin bowler on show this season. Keep an eye on him as he will come up against attacking batsmen, including two left-handers, in the Pune Warriors India line-up.
For Pune Warriors India to succeed, they need their openers to fire. Robin Uthappa and Jesse Ryder have looked in good nick, but their lack of consistency has hurt their team badly.
Look out for a change in PWI’s batting order too. Steve Smith and Angelo Mathews are under-utilised batting at Nos. 6 and 7. Their team would perhaps be better served if one of them were moved up the order.
Rahul Sharma recovered well from the mauling he received at the hands of RCB’s Chris Gayle and turned in an economic spell against the Chennai Super Kings. It will be interesting to see if he can keep the likes of Pietersen, Jayawardene and Taylor at bay.
In a high-scoring match at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai last season, Delhi Daredevils edged past the Pune Warriors India. Needing to score 188, Virender Sehwag’s team got past the finish line in the last over losing seven wickets in the process.
The only other meeting between these two teams, in IPL 2011 – at the Feroz Shah Kotla – had to be abandoned midway through the first innings because of rain.
• Delhi Daredevils have lost the fewest wickets amongst all the teams in IPL 2012; they’ve only lost 19 wickets in five matches.
• Delhi Daredevils have the best economy rate of the nine teams in IPL 2012; their overall economy rate this season has been 6.71.
• Delhi Daredevils have so far run nine batsmen out this season – the most by any team in IPL 2012.
The two teams will be seen in action next when Pune Warriors India host Delhi Daredevils at the Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium in Pune on April 24.