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IPL Staff in Bengaluru 10 April 2012 - 12:34am IST

We will pick best XI: Bayliss

KKR coach sizes up his team before RCB game in Bengaluru

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.

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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.

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