IPL Staff in Bengaluru 22 April 2013 - 05:42pm IST
We know how to make adjustments: Dilshan
Opener says he will not change his role
While most teams have tasted defeat at home in the Pepsi IPL 2013, RCB have won all five home games so far to be sitting pretty at the top of the points table with 10 points and with a healthy net run rate to boot too.
Rajasthan Royals and Sunrisers Hyderabad ( 3 from 3) and Mumbai Indians (2 from 2) are the other teams with a 100% win record at home this season.
On the eve of their sixth match against the young Pune Warriors India, a team that has blown hot and cold, mostly losing their way in some close contests, RCB’s Sri Lankan batsman Tillakeratne Dilshan affirmed that the Southern Reds, apart from knowing how to adjust and adapt to the changes that take place at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, were also playing the breed of cricket required for this format.
Talking to the media, he said, “Yes, we definitely know the conditions much better than other teams. We have played a lot of games and we know how to adjust batting on this wicket. We are also playing good cricket in all departments. That’s why we are winning.”
It is a known factor that when Gayle walks in, all else in the team are pushed into the background and it is not any different for Dilashan, who has done his share for RCB in the past.
But Dishan reiterates, “I am not going to change my role. If the ball comes in my areas, I am going to smash it. After all, it all depends on how Gayle is going about his game. If Gayle is going after the bowling, I would like to give him more strike and vice-versa.
Underlining the strength of the team and the need to get as many wins as early as possible with the belief of maintaining winning combos, to a great extent, the ‘Dilscoop’ inventor said, “After the first two games, I got injured and had to rest for 10 days. We tried another opener, but I had to come back into the side. The middle order is just strong and Saurab Tiwary, another left-hander, has come back strengthening it further.
Otherwise, we have one left-hander at the top (Chris Gayle). So, I doubt there will be any changes for the Tuesday contest.
“I came here with lot of confidence, scoring lot of runs in the ODI’s against Bangladesh. But unfortunately, I could not score runs in first two matches of this season. In the last match against RR, I scored 25 and I am keen to get more runs. But I am disappointed after I got out for 25. I am looking forward to get one big score in the coming matches”, he said of his own form.
RCB will hit the road following Tuesday’s contest and Dilshan said the team was focused whether playing at home or away.
“Our first aim is to win the match tomorrow. To get to 12 points and finish at the top of the table before we embark on away matches. We are playing away from home for the next 15 -20 days and we need to adjust to their conditions as soon as possible. That is the main task at our hands. We have lot of experience players and I think they can adjust quickly to those conditions and if we play good cricket, we can beat any side in any condition.
He also confirmed that young Mayank Agarwal was sidelined with a fractured finger.