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Wicketkeeper-batsman, KB Arun Karthik has enjoyed the longest run of his IPL career in this, the sixth season. Clad in the colours ofRoyal Challengers Bangalore, Karthik has featured in 11 out of the 12 matches that theVirat Kohli-led side has played in their quest for a place in the Play-Offs.
The 27-year old, has been sharpening his skills behind the stumps and in front of them as well, learning new techniques to enhance his game with the coaches and senior players of the team. Honing his skills and working hard is paying off for the cricketer.
An opening batsman while playing for his state Tamil Nadu in India’s domestic circuit, he bats lower down the order when he turns out for the Bangalore franchise.
He has been taking lessons on batting in the shortest format of the game and as a lower order bat from experienced campaigners in RCB, AB de Villiersin particular. Although he hasn’t had too many chats about ‘keeping with the South African, he has been working intensively with another Protean, who has donned the gloves as a keeper, now the coach of RCB, Ray Jennings.
The youngster credits Jennings for his evolving and growing as a wicketkeeper.
In a chat with iplt20.com after training at the Feroz Shah Kotla, Karthik talked about his wicket-keeping, batting and the IPL experience with the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Excerpts:
You have played 11 out of 12 matches this season, your longest run in the IPL. How does it feel to be entrusted with such responsibility?
It feels good to take up the responsibility as the wicketkeeper. I am grateful to RCB, the management, support staff and the captain. It is good to be part of the team and I am enjoying the responsibility which I have been given. I feel I am contributing to my team here.
What are the challenges while batting in T20?
I have been talking about my position to few of the senior players and what I have heard is batting at No 6, No 7 is one of the toughest positions to bat in T20. Because, only when the team is struggling, batting becomes a possibility and even then, there are very few deliveries to face and I need to score as many runs as possible in such a situation. I haven’t got much of batting this IPL but I am still learning a lot of things.
What are the suggestions and tips you have received and by whom?
I spoke to AB de Villiers about this, because he bats at No 6 or 7 for his National side in T20. He told me it is a tough position and I need to have a cool head and I need to assess the situation first, I need to see who the bowler is. Then I need to look at the percentage (in terms of deliveries) of the number of overs I get in the middle to assess, play shots and then go after bowlers to do my best. It is amazing how the small thing’s he suggests makes big sense.
Have you also discussed wicket-keeping with de Villiers? What were his inputs?
I haven’t had much discussion on wicket-keeping with him. Our coach Ray Jennings is a wicketkeeper so he has done a tremendous job working on me and transforming me as a wicketkeeper.
Can you elaborate more about that?
My coach doesn’t allow me to keep with two hands, which we have been normally brought up to do. He has totally reversed my style to take every catch single-handed. So taking a catch with two hands becomes much easier and your hands move really quick after taking catches with one hand and we have been working on movements too.
What are the challenges ‘keeping to the likes of M Muralitharan and Daniel Vettori?
Initially it was a little tough for me. Last year Murali Sir joined us and during the practice games I was struggling a little to pick his deliveries. I have batted against him in CSK but it is totally different to keep wickets to him. While batting you just react to the delivery and while keeping you follow the ball. So in that sense, picking him was a little difficult, but over a period of time, watching him in the nets, following him in the nets, through lots of drills and talking to him about his variations I think helped and I got better.
RCB has an impressive batting line-up and batters who innovate. What have you learnt from them and what are your innovations?
I have developed as a batsman from the first season of the IPL. During the first edition I was an amateur and I didn’t know what IPL was all about and now I think I have improved on a few shots. I have worked on it in the Ranji Trophy and other games. I have been working with coaches back home in Chennai too.
What is it like playing under Virat Kohli?
Frankly speaking anything you see of Virat on TV, he comes off as this aggressive person, aggressive player, aggressive captain, but in reality he is not aggressive. He is actually a calm captain. During the strategic time-outs he is calm and spells out what he expects from players and keeps things simple, which is a requirement for a good captain. He is a learning captain and over a period of time he will be an amazing asset for the country.
Although we have seen some brilliant knocks from AB de Villiers the RCB lower-order is yet to contribute substantially this season. How have you been working on it?
We struggled a bit in the initial part this season. But actually if you see we are not getting much opportunity to bat. The top-order is so strong so we are not getting to bat. You can’t say we are fragile actually. We have not been getting many chances to bat as such. When we do get chances I think we will do well.
Ryan ten Doeshchate – The Frequent Flying Dutchman
Globetrotting KKR all-rounder shares his cricketing journey
By Harsh Kalan
Pune 10 May 2013
Not many cricketers can boast a resume as colourful as that of Ryan ten Doeschate. The South African-born Dutch cricketer has played for nearly a dozen top-level teams across four continents and is currently plying his trade for the Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2013. He has also played international cricket for the Netherlands – he holds the world record for the highest batting average of 67.00.
Despite the rigours of competitive cricket, a frequent flyer like ten Doeschate relishes travelling to different countries and playing in disparate conditions. However, he especially enjoys playing in the IPL and cites winning the league title with KKR in 2012 as one of the highlights of his career.
The 32-year-old spoke to IPLT20.com after his side overcame the Pune Warriors India, in a match in which ten Doeschate chipped in with a valuable 31 runs off 21 balls.
Here are excerpts from his interview:
You have played for various teams across the globe. Currently, how many sides do you play for?
Currently, I play for probably three or four. But I have played for about 10 or 11 teams during my career while travelling across the world, like to India, Australia, Bangladesh, England, Zimbabwe, South Africa and New Zealand. And I have played international cricket as well for the Netherlands.
How do you cope – mentally and physically – with all the travel involved?
Well, first of all, I love it. So that makes a big difference. A lot of guys don’t enjoy staying in hotels and moving around all the time; whereas I actually cherish going to different places and travelling.
And what about getting used to different playing conditions in different countries?
I haven’t always adapted too well to different conditions, in particular in Australia with the extra bounce.
How do you rate your IPL experience as compared to the other leagues in which you have played?
You just can’t compare the fan following here (to any other place). Also, the way the teams look after you is great. The owners and the staff take care of you, and that makes the experience incomparable.
What has been the crowning glory of you career so far?
On a personal level, my 100 against England in India, in the 2011 World Cup, that was special. Also, winning the IPL last year was special, so were winning a couple of tournaments with Essex back home.
Growing up did you only focus on cricket or was there any other sport you fancied?
I played other sports like rugby and soccer apart from cricket. But competitively, I played rugby and cricket.
As a batting all-rounder, how much do you focus on the bowling aspect?
I have struggled a bit with my bowling. But I tend to work very hard at it. You have got to adapt all the time. Since I don’t have a lot of pace, I have to bowl wisely. So I’m always trying to find ways to bowl better that way.
How much pressure has there been on you and your team as defending champions this year?
We have always tried to use it in a positive way. I don’t think we have done particularly badly this year. I just don’t think we have won crucial moments of the game. However, we have certainly channeled the pressure of being defending champions into a way that would work out for us this year.
After today’s performance, do you think you are the missing link in the KKR line-up?
No, I wouldn’t say that. There are obviously a lot of good international players here. Like when I come in, a quality player like Ryan McLaren has to sit out. So you have got to wait your turn. And that is probably one of the toughest things you have to do, as you have got stay fresh and stay ready (for when your turn comes). That is the hard part about being in a group of eight or nine good overseas guys like in KKR.
Apart from swinging a cricket bat, you are also known for swinging clubs on the fairway. Is your golf swing anywhere as good as your big hitting?
I have been winning all the friendly prizes with my teammates here so far. For me, golf is definitely a great escape from cricket; it’s very competitive, but at the same time it can be very relaxing.