Won’t mind bowling a few leg-spinners: Smith

RR all-rounder is keeping his bowling skills polished for when required

Bengaluru 10 May 2014
With five wins from eight matches, Rajasthan Royals are at a crucial juncture of the tournament. A couple of wins or losses will determine whether they join the table-toppers or get dragged into the mid-table tussle. Their next big task is to take on Royal Challenger Bangalore in their backyard – a venue where RCB hardly lose.

Despite going into this match with a shock loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad, where they folded for 103, Royals all-rounder, Steve Smith, said that the team is not under immense pressure at this moment despite their inconsistent batting.

“We are in a decent position; we have won most of our games and we’re sitting pretty well on the points table,” Smith said. “I think a lot of the time the wicket has dictated how many runs we got. The wicket in Ahmedabad during the last match (against SRH) was quite slow. It was a very low-scoring game and we just happened to be the lower-scoring side. It is not that big a worry; we just need to be a bit more consistent.”

The confidence, Smith said, stems from the structure of the team, which is built on the foundation of doing one’s best off the field and taking whatever comes on it.

“The one thing about the Royals is that it’s just about focusing on getting the processes right and knowing that we are not going to win all the matches. We know if we get the processes right, we will win more games than not.”

Another thing that Smith said separates RR from most other teams is that they don’t depend on a couple of individuals for their wins.
“It’s a big part of what we’re about. Everyone from the owners to the coaches and captain say it’s about performing as a team. We don’t just rely on one or two people but on everyone to get the team over the line. If three-four people click on a day, you win the match, and that’s how we are set up, as all our wins show,” Smith said.

On the personal front, Smith said that he would not mind bowling a few overs here and there given how well leg-spinners have been doing in the tournament. “I’ll try to get the captain to bowl me. Not on this ground though – it is a bit too small for me (smiles) – but maybe at some of the bigger grounds where the wicket my take a bit of turn. It’s still there, the leg-spin, if needed and I have kept it up in the nets as well. I’ll try to bowl well if I get the chance.”
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