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Delhi Daredevils’ mentor says team composition for tomorrow’s game is yet to be decided
By IPL Staff
New Delhi 20 April 2012
Table-toppers Delhi Daredevils are set to take on the Pune Warriors India at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium tomorrow. The heroics of Kevin Pietersen won them the match against the Deccan Chargers last night here, and they will be hoping for more convincing victories in the forthcoming matches. Mentor T.A. Sekhar spoke to the media ahead of DD’s match against PWI.
Excerpts from his pre-match press conference:
On team composition
We have not thought about it. We have to have a look at the wicket and we need to talk to the captain. We have not thought about it yet. On whether there is a concern about the batting; Kevin Pietersen’s innings yesterday overshadowed the collapse in the batting earlier in the innings
[It is] not a concern, because we have batting [lower down], and Yogesh Nagar is capable of batting and he did a good job of finishing the match; and that’s what we have assigned Yogesh Nagar, [the role] as a finisher. It happens in some matches, when you have big cricketers there is possibility of a collapse, but we have arrested that. KP played one of the best knocks so far in the tournament and we are satisfied with it. On Varun Aaron’s availability, since the bowler has been seen practicing in the nets
He is getting very close to 100 percent fitness. I think, in maybe a week, he should be ready to bowl in the IPL. These fast bowler’s injuries, you cannot rush, because if it recurs, then he goes back by another two months. We are playing it very safe. He is almost ready to bowl, but we want him to be mentally [prepared], because he hasn’t played for a long time. Mentally, also he should be match fit. On what he says to a bowler who has had an off day, like Umesh Yadav had yesterday
We normally don’t talk to the bowler immediately after the match, because it is not right. He has played lot of cricket, he has played exceptionally well in Australia. In the previous four matches, he has bowled really well. If you look at it, couple of fours went through the edge and couple of shots were played. It happens in Twenty20 cricket. It doesn’t bother me, because he is a quality bowler. He can always come back really strong. On the Pune Warriors India
Pune [Warriors India] has been doing really well, and they have got some very good middle-order batsman, who can finish the match, and then they have got some even up the order. They have some very good batsmen and they have got very good Indian bowlers. It is a good side, and we are not taking it [the match] very lightly. It will be a very good match too for the fans to watch.
On promising bowlers in the DD squad and the IPL
We have played with almost a similar team. We have made only one change after the first match. But [based on] whatever I have seen in the practice matches and nets, Pawan Negi looks very promising and Sunny Gupta is bowling well; these two are the spinners [in our team]. Pawan is genuine left-arm spinner and Sunny Gupta is a genuine off-spinner. These are the boys, who really impress me. Iqbal Abdulla [from Kolkata Knight Riders] did well last year [but] this year he hasn’t got enough opportunity to play. If you look at Bhargav Bhatt, he has played just one or two matches and done reasonably well. In Rajasthan Royals, [there is] no young spinner at all. In Royal Challengers Bangalore, there is no young spinner at all. They have not played [them]. They have [them] in their squad, but they have not played [any young players].
Basically, everybody is going with experienced spinners and experienced fast-bowlers. The wickets are such that they suit fast bowlers early on. Maybe as we go along [progress in the tournament] the wickets will wear out, and then we can see some spinners playing.
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.