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RCB skipper praises batsmen and says his bowlers need to adopt attacking approach
By IPL Staff
Bengaluru 01 May 2012
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have had a mixed bag of a tournament so far. With the kind of pedigree in their line-up, four wins off nine matches – one game was a washout – is a bit disappointing. However, with teams cramped up on the points table, they stand a more than decent chance of making it to the top four. However, their immediate target will be beating Kings XI Punjab at home.
Ahead of the fixture, RCB skipper Daniel Vettori spoke at length about his team’s composition, and identified the areas they need to work on.
RCB’s overdependence on a couple of batsmen
It’s always difficult to expect every batsman to fire because the nature of the game is so different and situations vary all the time. Within the group, we don’t think about who has fired. For us every new game is an opportunity to score runs. We have our best batsmen batting in top six to do the job, which they have. As a batting unit, we’ve done a very good job. Lack of opportunity for fringe Indian players
We’d love to have someone like Syed Mohammed in the team. But unfortunately, he’s yet to recover fully from the knee injury he sustained during the CLT20 2011. You want to put out a team on the park that can win every day. Then, you look at players who can possibly come and assist at some stage. We’re still fifth on the table, and we know if we win four or five more games, we’ll be in the playoffs. So, I don’t think there’s room for too much of experimentation. We’ll stick with the guys who have done such a good job for us for a long time. Including Muttiah Muralitharan in the playing XI
We’d love to have Murali in the team whenever there’s a chance. But the combination that has worked for us for a long time is playing three overseas batsmen. We’ll continue to look at that. It’s very difficult to get the right balance with the overseas players, and when you do, you stick with that.
RCB’s fielding performance
We’ve fielded exceptionally well. We dropped two catches in the last game, which we’re very disappointed about. But overall, fielding has been a real strength of ours as compared to the last year when we started poorly in that aspect. I couldn’t be happier with our fielding.
Inconsistency in the bowling department
We probably haven’t bowled well as a unit. It’s important to maintain the hold for the entire 20 overs. We have bowled well for 16-17 overs and have had two-three very bad ones, and that has cost us games. I think we’ve got to go out there and look to attack as much as we can. Taking wickets always makes things a little bit easier and it’s something we haven’t done as much as we need to. Bowlers need to search for wickets as much as possible.
Match 44 of DLF IPL 2012 will see the Royal Challengers Bangalore play host to Kings XI Punjab.
Both teams have four wins from nine matches, but RCB are placed higher than KXIP in the standings because of the one point they bagged from their washed out encounter against the Chennai Super Kings.
RCB are coming out of a drubbing at the hands of the Kolkata Knight Riders four days ago. On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab edged out defending champions, Chennai Super Kings, in their last fixture.
Wednesday, May 2, 2012, 08:00 p.m.
M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore
It wouldn’t be wrong to say that the Royal Challengers Bangalore have been a one-man force since Chris Gayle joined the team midway through last season. The Jamaican has contributed over a third of the runs scored by his team and has single-handedly won them many a game. Though he hasn’t been at his destructive best just yet – often playing out several deliveries before opening his shoulders – he is still his team’s leading run-getter in IPL 2012.
For Kings XI Punjab to do well, they will need their two experienced players – Shaun Marsh and David Hussey – to score the bulk of the runs. In a team with limited domestic talent, Mandeep Singh and Nitin Saini have done well at the top of the innings, and that has given Marsh and Hussey the license to go out and play their natural shots.
KXIP’s Parvinder Awana has been the find of the season as far as Indian bowlers are concerned. The 25-year-old has caught everyone’s eye not only because of the wickets he has picked up, but also because of his bowling characteristics; he has bowled with good pace, maintained disciplined lines and lengths, generated sharp bounce and picked up some big wickets.
Kings XI Punjab beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the first three matches between these teams. Since then though, RCB have dominated the contests, winning five out of the six meetings. In the most recent meeting between them at Mohali earlier this season, RCB successfully chased down 163 with five wickets in hand.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have the worst economy rate out of the nine teams in IPL 2012 – 8.64.
The Royal Challengers Bangalore have also hit the most sixes in IPL 2012 – 56. On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab have hit the least sixes this season – 33.
After a brief three-day break, the Royal Challengers Bangalore will square off next against the Deccan Chargers on May 6. Kings XI Punjab, meanwhile, will host the Rajasthan Royals on May 5.