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Kolkata Knight Riders assistant coach says team is taking it one game at a time
By IPL Staff
Kolkata 27 April 2012
After each of their respective last games was washed out, the Kolkata Knight Riders and the Royal Challengers Bangalore are set to clash at the Eden Gardens on April 28. Both teams have nine points from eight matches, but KKR are placed second in the league standings ahead of fourth placed RCB due to a better net run-rate. However, KKR assistant coach, Vijay Dahiya, said that while he was happy that his team figured in the top two at this stage, they are only taking it one game at a time and not looking too far ahead. Excerpts from Dahiya’s interaction with the media:
On Laxmipathy Balaji’s fitness:
He is on the ground right now. We are having a look. One thing [is] for sure, if he is not 100 percent, we will not take a chance. This is a long tournament and he has been fantastic so far. When he is absolutely ready, then we will go ahead with him. On KKR’s schedule ahead:
It’s about the next game that you play. We are not looking too far ahead; it’s about the game tomorrow. If you look at the points table right now, nobody is running away with the points. It’s good to be in the first two, right now. But it all comes down to what kind of cricket we play in the rest of the tournament. On whether KKR have any specific plans for Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers:
I think both of them are fantastic players. It depends on what we do on the park. It also depends on what kind of situation they are in – either they are batting first or we have put the runs up on the board. And according to that the plans keep changing. On the IPL so far:
If you look at this year’s IPL, it looks like it is starting from now. Eight games have gone by. The second half [gets underway]. Everybody is neck and neck, and it all comes down to who travels well.
On Balaji’s replacement should he not play tomorrow:
I think we have a lot of options – Ahmed Shami who has just been picked for India A. It is a proud moment not only for KKR but for Bengal as well... He can be an option.
On opening the bowling with Sunil Narine instead of Yusuf Pathan:
If you see, he [Sunil] finished in the last six overs. It’s not only about the start; it’s how you finish as well. It’s according to the situation, the opposition. And you have to give credit there to Gautam [Gambhir] for starting with Yusuf. He’s been able to manage his bowlers and has done that brilliantly so far. On a coach’s role when batsmen improvise:
You always make plans. But when the game starts, you are most helpless. It's not only about plan A, you have plan B and C as well. It's about the guy who is out there in the middle. It's a combination of both mental [skill] and technique.
On the new pitch:
It's a very god thing that the curator has given us three options. Once he gives us the pitch, we will take a call from there. Even in the second game we had a brilliant wicket. So, more or less, you know the nature of the surface.
Chennai Super Kings coach says Chepauk wicket has started displaying familiar traits
By IPL Staff
Chennai 27 April 2012
Chennai Super Kings coach Stephen Fleming has a problem of plenty when it comes to choosing from a pool of fine overseas players. While his headache has increased with Albie Morkel’s return to the CSK camp, Fleming says the team will make selections based on the conditions and form of the players.
He also expressed his pleasure with the way the Chennai track has settled down to hand CSK home advantage again. Excerpts from Fleming’s media conference ahead of CSK’s match against Kings XI Punjab:
On the selection problems with Albie Morkel’s return and Nuwan Kulasekara’s good form
We faced that problem in the last game [the washed out against the Royal Challengers Bangalore] and we retained Kulasekara, [and we are] bringing back Morkel in place of [Doug] Bollinger. We’ll have more problems when Michael Hussey and Ben Hilfenhaus come in. The selection is based on picking the right team for the right occasion and also the form of the players. The team we’re putting out has seven best Indian players and then [we’ll] see which four overseas players complement those Indian players. So, if we look at that rationale and the conditions here, it gets a bit easier. On the Chennai wicket after the first match of the tournament and what it is like now
It wasn’t that I wasn’t happy about the pitch, I was just a bit confused. Now we all know what we can expect and how it will behave in the coming games. Now, the pitch seems to have settled down and has regained some of the characteristics that we’ve come to know in the previous two years.
On CSK’s good bowling performance in the death overs
It’s more of an off-field thing. It requires special skills to do it and we’ve got some good players who have those skills. It’s something that we focused on, not only this year but last year as well. We realised it is a very important time of the match that can win or lose you the game. We’ve allocated a lot of time to find out how to get better at it. We have a very good death bowling unit. [Dwayne] Bravo is someone who’s trained really hard at it and it’s showing.