Rajasthan Royals’ all-rounder says his team will be looking to carry forth their momentum
By IPL Staff
Jaipur 23 April 2012
After losing to the Chennai Super Kings in a last-ball finish at Chepauk the Rajasthan Royals return to their fortress to take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Holding a place in the top half of the IPL 2012 table, the hosts are yet to lose a game at home, and they will be keen to get back to their winning ways. Meanwhile, the visitors come into the match after beating Kings XI Punjab in their own backyard.
The home team returned to Jaipur earlier today, and had an optional practice session at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium during which the youngsters in the side practiced enthusiastically at the nets.
Ahead of their match, RR’s Staurt Binny spoke to the media about his team and their opponents, RCB.
Excerpts from the press-conference:
On the advice he received while bowling the last ball against the Chennai Super Kings
We did not discuss it much. We had gone through it before with my strengths and what I could bowl in that situation. I am a bowler, who will normally bowl in the middle, but last night was something a bit different [for] me. But I struck to my strengths, and the decision that we made was, to try and push the over till the end and not try to give a boundary early on.
On whether the team composition was not right against CSK
No, I don’t think so. I think it was a [good] combination that we had; [good] enough on that wicket that seemed to be not too much in favour of quick bowlers or spinners, because it didn’t do much. The wicket played a bit slow, so I think the combination was good.
On whether RR’s batting is heavily dependent on Ajinkya Rahane and Owais Shah
I wouldn’t say we are heavily dependant on them, but they are the guys, who are getting us the runs at the moment and players like [Brad] Hodge haven’t been a huge hit as of now. Our batting is really strong in the middle. Even in a game like yesterday, a player like Hodge only came in towards the end. So that shows that our batting is pretty strong up the order. And with guys like Owais and Hodge in the middle, we can really push the batting, especially if we get off to a decent start. [Even if] we lose two wickets in the 12th over, we have lot of batting that can push us to 180-190 runs.
On why the team has not been able to enjoy the kind of success in away games that they have in home games every season
I don’t think there is any pressure about playing outside, but I guess it just happens that way it does. [....] We haven’t lost badly outside; they have been close games. So there isn’t anything like of fear of playing away. We just have to get better [used to] the conditions. It’s a lot different than Jaipur and the quicker we do that [adjust to away conditions], we will start winning outside. On whether their earlier win against RCB give them a psychological advantage and whether the mood in the team is tense after yesterday’s defeat
Since we have beaten them [RCB] already in Bangalore, it’s a huge thing to beat a team away. I think at the moment, everyone is pretty relaxed. Some of the guys are practicing. The mood in the team is good. The main thing for us is to concentrate on tomorrow’s game and look to win. It is very crucial that we keep on winning. The losses have happened in a close game, so I don’t think we are affected by it. We are just going to go out there and win tomorrow.
On whether they have a strategy for Chris Gayle
Yes, we have spoken about strategies, but I can’t discuss them here. [...]