Need to win four out of six: McDonald

RCB all-rounder says a win over DC will take his team a step closer to playoffs

By IPL Staff
Bengaluru 05 May 2012
In IPL 2012, Andrew McDonald has been competing with Tillakaratne Dilshan for a place in the Royal Challengers Bangalore playing XI. Although he has not produced a big match-winning performance in the four games he has played so far, he remains a useful option to have given the generous bounce in the track at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

McDonald addressed the media ahead of RCB’s home game against the Deccan Chargers and said he is happy to contribute in whatever way he can, be it on or off the field. The Australian all-rounder also said that with six more league matches to go, RCB need a streak of wins to secure a place in the final four.

Toss-up between him and Dilshan

I think the deciding factor is the bounce in the wicket. If there’s a bit of seam movement and bounce, they probably go for me, and if the conditions are dry, Dilshan’s off-spin comes in handy. That’s how we keep mixing it around a bit. There’s no fix formula; we just try and field the most balanced team on that day. We all prepare for the game and get a call on whether we’re in the playing XI or not when the selection happens post lunch.

In and out of the team

I’m not really disappointed because that’s how team sports go. We can play only four overseas players and have to take a call based on various factors. Everyone just tries to contribute in whatever way they can, be it on the field or off it.

Crucial juncture in the tournament

We need to get on a bit of a winning streak like we did at the start of the tournament. We have six more games to go and if we can win four out of them, we can qualify in top four with eight and a half wins – one of our games was a washout. The Deccan Chargers have found some form and they will take a few teams down along the way. We need to beware of them and play well tomorrow.

The pitch

There was fair bit of grass on the wicket yesterday and some moisture because of the storm that came the day before. Hopefully, it gets a little drier as compared to what it was in the last game. Bangalore is a fantastic venue to play cricket – the wicket is sporting and the crowd is fantastic.
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