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Royals ready to spin a surprise on defending champs

india Updated: Apr 21, 2012 02:34 IST
Anand Sachar
Anand Sachar
Hindustan Times
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For the Rajasthan Royals, Siddharth Trivedi, Pankaj Singh and Amit Singh are the fast bowlers, while Ankeet Chavan, Johan Botha and Brad Hogg take care of the spin department.

While all of them are effective, not many batsmen would get nightmares at the prospect of facing them. Nevertheless, they must have done something right to help the Royals win four of their six games.

Not a lot of teams start their net practice with spinners bowling to the frontline batsmen. But the Royals had Chavan, Hogg and Botha starting the proceedings on Friday.

Spin is in

According to Trivedi, it’s a part of the plan to handle the strong Chennai Super Kings (CSK) line-up at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday.

“We may start with spinners as that might make it tough for them and there are other plans too. But you can expect some surprises for them tomorrow.” It’s the possibility of becoming a household name across the globe that propels the RR bowling unit to deliver. “IPL helps you get noticed throughout the world. And that is the motivation for the youngsters and other local boys,” said Trivedi, who has eight wickets this season.

Trivedi says all bowlers have been given a specific role, and it helps them perform. “We bowl accordingly in the nets, and hence we are aware of what we need to do in the game,” said Trivedi.

He claims that being quick learners is another factor that sees the bowling unit through. “If we give away runs in the slog overs, we will learn and improve and perform better in the next game.”

Captain cool

Also, having a person like Rahul Dravid at the helm of affairs is a blessing. “Dravid is a calm person, who does not react whether we win or lose. He is a great motivator and backs us completely.”