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KKR coach sizes up his team before RCB game in Bengaluru
By IPL Staff
Bengaluru 10 April 2012
Kolkata Knight Riders may have lost their first two matches in IPL 2012, but coach Trevor Bayliss claims spirits are high in the dressing room. During his interaction with the media ahead of their game against the Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 10, Bayliss said the team is open to making changes in the team composition and batting order to get the desired results.
On whether KKR will reshuffle their overseas players after losing the first two matches
I am sure every team goes through this. When you lose one or two games and you have more than four good international players, you are always thinking about the options and which way you might go. What we were trying to do at the start was to pick a team that suits the wicket and the opposition as well. We will have to sit down and look at the [Royal Challengers] Bangalore team and pick the best [team] that gives us the best chance to win that game.
On whether they open the batting with Gautam Gambhir given RCB’s strong spin attack
That’s certainly an option and we have spoken about it, not today but before the tournament started. We haven’t made a final decision yet, and will do it tomorrow. On whether Chris Gayle is the main threat for KKR
No. He is one of them alongside Kohli who had an exceptional tour to Australia this year. They have got a number of players who we have got to be careful of. We have got to ball well and field well against the Bangalore team.
On Yusuf Pathan
I don’t think there are too many players to score a century coming at No. 5 or 6 in T20 cricket. His role for us is to finish the innings off. In fact, he might get to bat seven to eight overs at most. Just the last couple of games he has got more overs to play, but under fair bit of pressure. He knows his role with us to finish off and it’s up to the other players to do the job up front so that he can do his job at the end of the innings. On whether Yusuf could be promoted up the order in case of top-order collapse
He could. I think his strength is against the spin bowlers, being able to hit big shots over the fence, and I am sure the opposition would be aware of it and wouldn’t bowl spin if we put him up there. Again, it is an option that we can try at some stage but [with] the batting order we have got, we can put a big score if they perform.
On mental skills coach Rudi Webster’s role with the team
He is in the background and not in front of the group. He speaks with the individuals and meets them over coffee or breakfast without my knowledge. As he says himself, he doesn’t like to be called sports psychologist as he talks common sense.
On the lack of partnerships
That’s exactly what we have spoken about even before the competition started that players have got to build an innings and put up a partnership and have wickets in hand for the last overs. Just some good bowling and some poor decision taken with the batting, adds up to it. As I said, players are very confident and upbeat and will come back harder.
RCB skipper pleased with overseas players going into KKR game
By IPL Staff
Bangalore 09 April 2012
Ahead of their first game in IPL 2012, Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Daniel Vettori said the team needs to address the issue of being slow starters in the tournament. He also asked for more from his bowlers, who often failed to complement their power-packed batting in previous editions of the IPL.
With their 20-run win over the Delhi Daredevils, RCB achieved both their objectives. Their bowlers defended a modest total of 157 as RCB won their opening match of the tournament. The interesting thing about the win was that all four overseas players made significant contributions. Vettori is pleased with the way the overseas players are pulling their weight around the team.
“It’s a tough one because Andrew [McDonald] performed so well in the last game, so there is going to be pressure on all the overseas players to keep performing and hold on to their spots,” Vettori said.
With Tillakaratne DIlshan joining the team, Vettori’s selection headache has only increased ahead of their second game, against the Kolkata Knight Riders. But the RCB skipper is not complaining. “He is there in the squad. So Dilshan is another player who is going to put pressure on the overseas players to perform. It’s great to have so many overseas players to pick from,” he said.
Dilshan’s arrival in the squad coincides with RCB’s batting trump cardChris Gayle regaining his full fitness. Gayle sat out the first match and Vettori said he is likely to take the field against KKR. “We are pretty confident that he is going to be available tomorrow. He has been running and batting, so he should be there in the team tomorrow,” he said.
When asked about KKR’s dashing opening batsman Brendon McCullum, Vettori said, “I think we all know how destructive he can be and how he can take the game away from a side. He hasn’t got off to a start he would have liked, but he is an incredibly dangerous player. So we are going to try and have to stop him at the top of the order. We did that last year when he was playing for Kochi [Tuskers Kerala], and hopefully, we can repeat the same.”