Good to be among the top two: Dahiya

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.
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