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IPL Staff in Bengaluru 15 April 2013 - 10:24pm IST

Ready to bowl in death overs: Rampaul

Caribbean pacer says belief in team is what matters

Royal Challengers Bangalore are smarting from the last-ball dramatic loss to the Chennai Super Kings at the Chepauk. This was the second time in IPL 2013 that RCB threw in the towel under pressure, the super-over loss against the Sunrisers Hyderabad being the first case.

For West Indian pace bowler, Ravi Rampaul, the Chennai match holds bitter-sweet memories. While RCB lost he, on his IPL debut, dismissed MS Dhoni, Murali Vijay and Dwayne Bravo. Three names to really consider. .

RCB return home now, to take on the beleaguered Delhi Daredevils, who are still searching for their first win this season. Ahead of the match, Rampaul said the team has put the Chennai loss behind them and are prepared to take on DD.

“We have to regroup as quickly as possible because the games are coming fast,” Rampaul said during his interaction with the media “It’s tough that two of our matches went to the last over and one turned out to be a Super Over. That’s how cricket goes. We have to go back to the drawing board and decide what we have to do.”

While he cherished his IPL debut, Rampaul rued it coming in a losing cause. “I was very happy getting to play my first IPL game. I just made use of the opportunity to get three wickets but at the end of the day, we didn’t win the match. So it really doesn’t matter how well I did. We have to continue playing as a team and keep our heads held high.”

Despite having a strong contingent of pace bowlers, RCB have struggled to keep the opposition batsmen in check in the death overs. Rampaul admits it is a concern and said he’s prepared to take on the mantle if asked to do so.

“We have definitely been having some problems in the death overs. Any bowler has to come and deliver at the death. The execution was not all that well. So it is something that we need to work on.

“Once we get that right all our performances will be lifted. I am comfortable bowling at all times of the innings. Whatever the captain and the bowler decide, the execution is the key. There are a lot of games coming up and so there are lot of opportunities,” he said.

Rampaul refuted the suggestion that RCB are over dependent on Chris Gayle to win games. “Even when Gayle doesn’t perform, there are other young Indian players waiting for the opportunity. Also, (Virat) Kohli and AB (de Villiers) have been in good form. Our batting has not really gone down to the tail.”

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