This is a big game for us: Cooper

Rajasthan Royals all-rounder talks about tomorrow’s clash with Delhi Daredevils

By IPL Staff
New Delhi 28 April 2012
A rejuvenated Rajasthan Royals team will take on the Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla tomorrow and hope to return to their winning ways by beating the table-toppers.

Speaking to the media ahead of the match, pacer Kevon Cooper shared his experience of playing in the premier Indian Premier League and spoke about his team.

Excerpts from Cooper’s pre-match press conference:

On the match tomorrow

We are looking forward to play this game. We had a good start, but towards the end we had a little disappointing finish [in the last couple of games]. I think the guys are keen and ready to play tomorrow; after four days rest, we are looking forward to this game.

On the Delhi Daredevils

Delhi [Daredevils] have been playing well as a team. [But] cricket is a funny game and things can change. [...] This is a big game for us and we are looking forward towards this game.

On Shane Watson’s arrival

Shane, I think, will be here tonight. We are waiting for him to join the team. He is a good and experienced player. He has had a good series against the West Indies. We will be very happy to have him in the team.

On the way forward for RR

We sit and discuss some of our plans moving forward. After a few days off, the guys have thought about what really went wrong in the last game against RCB [Royal Challengers Bangalore] that we didn’t perform that well. [...] We have had a good start having beaten KKR and RCB at [their] home [grounds]. The first half of the tournament is gone and this is the last few games of the competition, and it is going to be tough and it is going to take a lot from us a team. We are very good as a team and we are going to go out there and play excellent cricket, and hopefully, we can come out victorious.

On RR’s run so far and the match tomorrow

We have played eight games and we have won four and lost four. We would have liked to have won five of them, but unfortunately, we didn’t. [...] We need to win five games out of eight to qualify. The boys are looking forward to it. [...] Delhi is a very good team and they have been performing very well; [Virender] Sehwag, KP [Kevin Pietersen] and Mahela [Jayawardene]. So it is just a matter of us going out there and playing good cricket and sticking to our plans, and hopefully, we can beat them.

On the IPL experience

For me, it has been a dream to be playing in the IPL. [...] I try to enjoy [the game]. I have taken 10 wickets in five games. I wasn’t expecting that. It is just good for me to be part of IPL and I hope I can continue my good form, and hopefully, I can play a big part in this game against DD.

On Rahul Dravid

It is a pleasure for me to be in the same dressing room as Rahul Dravid [who is] a legend; one of the greatest batsman ever. He is a cool guy [...]. It is nice to be in the same dressing room and same bus as him. He shares some of his knowledge and international experience with me. I just try to take every hint from him, and hopefully, I can apply it into my game.

On the possibility of Shaun Tait playing

He has been bowling well in the nets. As everyone knows, he has a little elbow injury, but he is bowling very well in the nets. [...] it is up to the coaches, so let’s see how it goes.

On welcoming Watson into the team

He is a very good player and I have played against him in the Champions League T20. [...] The guys will accept him into the team with open arms. His skills and experience will help us a lot. Hopefully, he can come here and perform as well as he did against the West Indies.
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