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IPL Staff in Jaipur 23 April 2012 - 03:22am IST

Our confidence has grown: Vettori

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper says back-to-back wins have raised team’s morale

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, Daniel Vettori spoke to the media ahead of the game against the Rajasthan Royals. The spinner expressed confidence in his team’s performance going into the match.

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.

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