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Aussie fast bowler has been ruled out of IPL 2012 due to injury
By IPL desk
Mumbai 02 May 2012
The Mumbai Indians have signed West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Smith as a replacement for Mitchell Johnson. The Australian fast bowler was ruled out of IPL 2012 by Cricket Australia due to injury. Johnson underwent a surgery on his toe in November 2011 and is yet to recover from it.
Dwayne Smith is expected to join MI on Thursday, May 3, 2012. Smith played five matches for MI in the IPL 2008, scoring 45 runs and taking five wickets. In IPL 2009, he moved to the Deccan Chargers, for whom he scored 215 runs and picked up a wicket in eight matches.
The all-rounder’s good form led to the Mumbai franchise including him in their squad. Smith scored 165 runs at a strike rate of 136 in the Caribbean Twenty20 competition. While playing for the Khulna Royal Bengals in the Bangladesh Premier League, Smith made 346 runs at 137.30.
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.