Hyderabad: Four defeats in six games notwithstanding, Royals Challengers Bangalore batsman KL Rahul expressed confidence that his team will bounce back in the IPL, saying they just need to sort out a few grey areas in their bowling attack. RCB's weak bowling attack is expected to be boosted by pacer Chris Jordan, who was part of the England side that made into the finals of recent World Twenty20.
"It is just about one or two wins for us to get us going. With the kind of team we have, if we can get those two wins, I don't think there is any team that can stop us. With the kind of batting line-up we have, we just have to sort out the bowling a little bit," said Rahul at the post-match press conference on Saturday night, after RCB lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 15 runs.
"With Chris Jordan coming in from the next game, it will be a big inclusion to our bowling line-up. Our team is looking good. We just need to learn from the six games and see how we can pick ourselves up. I think we are peaking very well. I am very positive that our team is going to bounce back," he added.
RCB will be taking on Kolkata Knight Riders in Bengaluru on Monday, followed by Rising Pune Supergiants on 7 May. Rahul said the team is aiming to bounce back with victories in its next two home games.
"We, obviously, as a team sit in the meetings and discuss what to do. Once you are in the middle, with the pressure, sometimes you cannot execute your plans too well. That happens to all the teams and we have had rough six games. We now have couple of games at home. So, if we can get those two victories, we are on our way to the top," he said.
Rahul feels it is not easy to bowl at the death overs. "The only way to stop runs in T20 is to get wickets, and if you see the last five-six games, we haven't got wickets and put pressure early in the game. I think that's the only reason. It's big pressure to bowl in the death overs and you cannot blame the bowlers," he said.
Rahul said giving away too many runs towards the end cost RCB the match against Hyderabad. "I think we gave away too many runs towards the end. We started off pretty well whatever we planned to do and took early wickets. That worked out very well for us, but as the game went on, I think we gave away too many runs. It's very hard to bowl to David Warner when he is settled and seeing the ball so well. He is getting lot of runs for Sunrisers Hyderabad. We knew that if we can get him early, he couldn't do serious damage," he added.
Rahul added that the RCB think-tank chose to not pick swashbuckling opener Chris Gayle as the existing overseas players have been doing well. "Unfortunately, the IPL rules are such that you can only play four overseas players and we have seen in the past five games that our bowling hasn't been firing. We have been batting well as a unit. We got 180 plus in all our games. So, we were trying something new in this game. Unfortunately, it did not work out too well for us. Chris (Gayle) is an impact player for our team and I am sure he will be back soon and win games for us," said Rahul.
As for leaving Sarfaraz Khan out of the playing XI, Rahul said, "I am just a player. I am not in the team management. I don't sit in the meetings when the team is being selected. Obviously, we were trying to see what combination is best for the team and what works for us. That's the only reason why we did a couple of changes."
Published Date: May 01, 2016 04:41 pm | Updated Date: May 01, 2016 04:44 pm