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Excerpts from Vettori’s pre-match media interaction: On whether there are any special plans for RR after losing to them at home
No special plans. Since that game, we have had two wins, so the confidence has improved a lot. We come here on a wicket that looks really good. So we when you play on those really good wickets, you try and stick to the simple things and make sure that you can repeat them over and over again, because that is generally what wins you games.
On the possibility of Tillakaratne Dilshan playing in the match
Yes, there is a chance. We haven’t picked the team yet.
On whether Virat Kohli’s form is a cause for concern Virat played very well in Chennai, and we are very new into the season. Virat’s one of the best players in the world, so he is going to come good and win us a couple of games before this tournament is over.
On RCB’s bowling being an area of worry since they have been conceding runs in the final overs
It is always difficult in the end [in the death overs], and sometimes with young bowlers, it is tough. But we have got to look at the overall performance; we restricted a good team [Kings XI Punjab] on a good wicket to 160 [odd runs], so it is a pleasing thing. Zaheer Khan is back to his best, opening the bowling. And he looks fit, and he is really doing a great job for us. There have been some good performances in the middle overs, but it is just about tiding up a little bit at the death, which is the same for most teams. It is the toughest time [phase] to bowl [in a match], so it is not always easy. On team combination and overseas players, and whether Muthiah Muralitharan will find a place in the team tomorrow
I suppose the hardest thing about IPL is fitting in the overseas players in the team. [...] and Murali is part of it. Every time we have a selection meeting, we try and find a way to put him in. But at this stage, we are looking at three overseas batsmen, and that’s a combination of Chris [Gayle] and AB [de Villiers] and Andrew McDonald and T Dilshan. So that’s probably where we will look.
On Cheteshwar Pujara not playing
He is injured. He has hurt his hand. Hopefully, he will be back soon. [...] He will train today, and then, we can take a call on his availability.
On the batting relying heavily on Chris Gayle
It is good to have a person, the quality of Chris, who is one of the best T20 players in the world. But we won our first game against Delhi [Daredevils] without him. And there have been some nice complementary performances from [AB] de Villiers and [Saurabh] Tiwary in the last couple of games. We like the fact that Chris plays so well and so consistently, but if it [Gayle’s batting] doesn’t work one day, we are surely ready for that as well.
Kumble, Murali and Prasad bowl together at RCB nets in Jaipur
By IPL Staff
Jaipur 23 April 2012
Training under the watchful eyes of Ray Jennings, Venkatesh Prasad and Anil Kumble, the Royal Challengers from Bangalore are ready to pose a formidable challenge to the Royals of Rajasthan.
Riding on the high of their win against Kings XI Punjab in an away game in Mohali earlier in the week, RCB will be keen to carry forth the momentum by beating the home team. Turning up for practice under lights for their late evening game today, the Royal Challengers sweated it out at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium.
The upbeat mood in the camp was evident as the players went about their business, whether it was playing a good warm-up game of football, fielding, bowling or batting. Having arrived in the city a couple of days before the game, few of the players also visited Ajmer earlier today.
Towards the fag end of the session, KP Appanna practiced bowling under the tutorship of former India player Venkatesh Prasad, who also called upon legendary leg-spinner Anil Kumble to give a few tips to the youngster.
Even as the seniors guided the youngsters in the team, they couldn’t resist bowling a few balls themselves. After sharing a few tips with Appanna, Kumble took the ball and sent some deliveries down the pitch. He was joined by another legend of the same era, Muthiah Muralitharan. The two spin greats enjoying bowling in same team colours, was a sight to behold. Not one to be left behind, Prasad too joined in the party.
The mentor, the veteran and the coach; the only one missing the group was RCB skipper, Daniel Vettori, who was at the adjacent nets. A healthy mix of experience and youth, this is one team capable of penetrating the Rajasthan Royals’ fortress.