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    Ajinkya Rahane praises domestic players

    RR opener says patience and backing skills important for success

    Kolkata 02 May 2013
    With back to back wins at home, Rajasthan Royals now face the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens on Friday. While the Royals will be looking to better their away record, the Knights will be hoping for a change in fortunes at home, especially after suffering back to back defeats in their previous fixtures.

    The Knight might be coming off consecutive losses, but Rajasthan Royals opener Ajinkya Rahane was wary of the defending champions. “Playing against KKR in Kolkata is a big challenge and we all know the Knight Riders are a good side,” said Rahane. “We would not want to take them lightly. We just want to play it like just another game and give our best against the defending champions.”

    The Royals indeed seem to be giving their best in the competition. Their domestic and overseas players have shared responsibilities and their captain Rahul Dravid is leading by example. 

    “Rahul Dravid is backing all of us. As a captain he is doing a great job by handling the team well. The team is also supporting the captain well and we have seen that he (Dravid) has done well with the bat too. We want him to bat like this and hope he gets match winning knocks for us,” Rahane said.

    But what has stood out in Rajasthan Royals’ performances is the way the youngsters have performed. It has been one of the highlights, according to Rahane. “All the youngsters are doing well. If you see our team, the youngsters who have got the opportunities have grabbed it with both hands and made sure they have put up a good performance at the end of the day. May it be Dishant Yagnik or Sanju Vishwanadh or any other youngster; they have all done well which is a good sign for the team. It is all about team effort at the end of the day. We all are doing well as a team and we want to continue in the same vein during the coming matches.”

    Ajit Chandila has pretty much been a revelation for RR with some of the big names in the competition on his wicket list. He has troubled the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting and Rahane believes Chandila is becoming a better bowler with each passing day. “It is pretty much difficult to pick Ajit Chandila at the nets. It is a good sign that he is playing for us. I think he will put some batsmen in trouble in the upcoming matches. He has got a few variations up his sleeve and is constantly trying to develop his bowling skills.”

    Personally, Rahane who has been responsible for giving his side some good starts in the tournament felt the key to perform well in any format of the game was patience. “Patience is the key in any format of the game. Even in T20s you get enough time to bat. Even if you play one maiden over, it does not mean you need to swing your bat at everything from the very next over. If you back your skills and stick to executing the game plan, you will succeed.” 

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