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With four wins off seven matches the Rajasthan Royals are in the first half of the points table mid way through the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013. As they prepare to take on theSunrisers Hyderabadin their eighth match of the season, on home turf, theRahul Dravid-led team will be looking to strengthen their position in quest for the crown.
Both the teams come into the match with a loss to Chennai Super Kings and will be keen to get back to winning ways. The Sunrisers have one of the best bowling attacks in the tournament, Dale Steyn, heading it.
Speaking about facing the bowling attack, Royals’ wicketkeeper-bat, Dishant Yagnik said, “Yes the Sunrisers attack is good. They have on occasions defended 120 odd runs. But the bowling will be different on different wickets. They have good pacers and spinners.”
Yagnik who had clobbered Dale Steyn in the previous season said that although he will take confidence from that fact, the game on Saturday is new and a different occasion.
“I will only take a little confidence from then because each match is different and big players like Dale Steyn back themselves so much they know what to do when. They play international cricket the year round and have that experience. I will take just a bit of confidence but will try to help the team win when I get the opportunity and will play according to the requirement of the team and fulfill the responsibility given to me.”
“We are very confident and we are not looking at the team that they have. We are just focusing on our process and we will do our best. And that is what we are looking at and if we are able to execute the processes, the results will follow,” he added.
The winners of the inaugural season in 2008, the Royals are working on strengthening the team in every aspect on and off the field. The Royals, who has thrived on performances of local talent as well as the experience of the overseas players, come across as a strong unit.
One of the initiatives that the team management and coaching staff have started is forming committees within the team to improve the team environment. While speaking about the concept, Yagnik told the media, “Just like during Shane Warne’s tenure we had the doll, Pinky and if anyone came in late or something Pinky was given to them to look after. So, instead this year we have a social committee, entertainment committee and ground committee etc. So far we haven’t done anything big but it is for ensuring in keeping the team environment light; for instance if we reach the airport early we have interactions amongst ourselves etc.”
“The management, Paddy Upton and a few floated this concept with the aim to help us handle this two-month long tournament mentally and physically. We are more like a family and understanding each other and being with each other, getting to know each other is what we are trying to do. Paddy Upton is doing us a lot of good, he knows how each individual reacts so he has assigned roles to everyone accordingly. It feels good.”
“Ajinkya and I are asked to maintain the team energy levels. So, Ajinkya and I are responsible to lift the energy within the team and maintain a mark.”
Besides this, the wicketkeeper-bat has also been assigned the role of a pinch hitter and promoted up the order in the last match against Chennai Super Kings in Chennai.
Speaking about his on-field role, Yagnik said, “Honestly the responsibility increases because once you perform a certain role the second time around there are expectations from you. And being a Rajasthan player this is a huge thing for me because IPL is a big platform in India for any youngster to grow. So if I get to bat one down and that too against the Mumbai Indians and CSK, two of the best teams in IPL, I feel it shows how much the team, the team management, Paddy Upton, Rahul bhai (Dravid) believe in me. So the responsibility to deliver also increases.”
“Being a cricketer everyone wants to perform at whatever position. The way you fulfill the responsibility given to you is important. During practice also I try to work in a way that I can bat at whatever position I am sent in.”
“When I practice I imagine that I am playing in a match situation and imagine that the bowler who I am facing is the one I will be facing in the game and instruct the net bowlers also to bowl accordingly,” he added.
Elaborating on the team environment and the strategies he said, “We look at the process of playing cricket and how we are preparing for it knowing the results will follow. That is what Rahul bhai and Paddy Upton have also been emphasising on. The thought process and how you approach the game, and if you follow and execute the plans then the results follow.”
“My analysis tells me that in T20 where you play 16 games, you win one or two outright and lose one or two outright but the rest of them will be close whether you win or lose. So those who can control their nerves and remain calm will end up on the winning side,” he observed.
“Obliviously we were a bit low after the loss to CSK but I am confident that we will achieve something close to what we did in the first season and we will reach the play-offs. The confidence of the team is high. And if you watch the body language of the team during practice you will notice that the intensity is good and everyone is practicing hard,” he mentioned.
Asked if Shane Watson striking form has helped the team, he replied affirmatively and said, “Shane Watson making a century in T20 in itself is a big achievement and very few can do it and if there is a player like that in a team then fifty percent of the job is taken care off in the batting department.”
“And Watson coming to form and is a biggest positive and that could also be a reason for our high confidence and we are looking forward to where he can take the team,” he added.
Speaking about yet another overseas player, Brad Hodges’ crucial role in the team he said, “Brad Hodge is like an anchor. We have three international players at the top. In between we play domestic players and then again an international player so that helps. The strategy is whether Hodge plays No 5 or 6. If you see, in Bangalore (against RCB) he played up the order. It depends on what the situation demands. He is good in the role of a finisher so he is there at that position, which he is known for.”
Speaking about the team’s preparations he said, “We practice according to the venue we are going to play at. If we are playing on slow pitches then we are working on how well one can maneuver the ball. And if we are playing in Jaipur, it is a good wicket where runs can be chased, then we are playing cricket of the kind we are comfortable with.”
WI legend insists batsmanship today is in wonderful hands
By IPL Staff
Delhi 26 April 2013
The Delhi Daredevilshave had a poor run in the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013 so far. Having won only one off their eight games, the Mahela Jayawardene-led team is keen to reverse their fortunes with eight matches still remaining.
The Daredevils are scheduled to play their next two home games at Raipur and will hope that the new venue will bring them luck and help turn things around.
The team did receive a boost with the arrival of Sir Vivian Richards in an ambassadorial and advisory role. The former West Indies cricketer, one of the most destructive batsmen in the history of the game, dominated bowlers the world over and is famously known for his fearless play. The legendary batsman is expected to play a key role in uplifting the Daredevils as they work towards extracting themselves from a quagmire and improve their performance.
While speaking to the media on Thursday before heading to Raipur, Richards said that his personal mantra, “never say die,” is what he would look to instill in the team. Asked about motivating a team that has lost seven matches and is grazing at the bottom of the points table, he said, “There is a much bigger picture I guess than what we have this year. The IPL is a substance league. A league where you have the best players from all parts of the world assemble here. As such players would have been in this situation before and it is of vital importance that everyone continues to keep faith. And I myself, as a motivational factor, have always felt, ‘never say die.’ My job where some of the players are concerned is to mobilize them and keep them focused”.
“They got themselves into wonderful positions before. Regardless of the performances that you are seeing now, they couldn’t have become a bad team overnight; there is some work to be done. Also, we have to take into consideration as well that some of the key players are not here and the sympathies can be felt in certain ways. With some of the younger players on board, we are in the belief that with experience that they can certainly get stronger, that hopefully they will start performing from the next match.
“It is important that everyone remains collectively well together and hope that better days will be just around the corner,” he added.
His advice also brought out Virender Sehwag’s brilliant performance in the match against the Mumbai Indians in Delhi last week.
Speaking about the interaction and what he meant when he spoke about ‘bluffing’ while explaining it to the DD opener, Richards said, “It was a little chat with Sehwag. I have been a great admirer of him over the years and regardless of how good a player you are and how destructive you may be, there are times when things don’t work according to plan. (…) I just felt that when we speak about bluffing, knowing how destructive he can be with the bat, why not take little singles when they are in your sight. It is of vital importance that you just work it around for the singles and take your twos and keep the strike rotating on a regular basis. When you are so destructive and spending time at the crease it is only a matter of time when you will come good, like we have seen it with Chris Gayle.”
“There is a time when you have a lull and there is a period of time when because of how good you are, you can take an attack apart if you spend time at the crease. So that’s the bluff factor that we were speaking about.”
Speaking further about the shortest format of the game and whether he would have played, he mused, “I don’t want to put myself in the picture, I played such a long time ago. The baton has been passed. I am just happy to see cricket in itself – batsmanship is in wonderful hands.”
Discussing how inventive batsmen have become in the present age, he said, “I am very happy for that because this game in my opinion, there is the power within the fieldsman. In T20 you have 120 balls to try and dispatch to whatever part of the field and if you miss more than half of those, which means dot balls, then you are going to be struggling to get any total that is going to be representative of your team. Batsmanship is all about hitting the gaps and if you cannot hit in the gaps, you clear the boundaries and we are seeing that today. I am very happy to see the modern-day player and to see that cricket is in wonderful hands.”
While talking about the role of an all-rounder and the fact that someone like Irfan Pathan is not performing to his potential, he said, “He is such a talented player, if I am correct in saying, he lost his place at one point in the Indian team but we should just be happy to see him back. He is working his way back, he is doing the thing that is necessary for him, to be where he is at present and doing justice to that enormous talent that he possess. As time goes by, we hope he finds the true form and stuff that made him who he was early on. And we can only hope for that in the remaining matches.”
Elaborating on his role he said, “Coming into the team and seeing exactly what is happening, one can remember days of solid pace before I got there. I am only trying to bring stuff from way back then into a situation, modern situation, and I guess with all the experience that you have on board and situations that we have now, it is going to be of vital importance how well we adapt to our roles and be totally receptive.”