Royal Challengers Bangalore player Dirk Nannes with coach Ray Jenning during a practice session for Champions league 2011 at National Cricket Academy ground in Bangalore.
Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Dirk Nannes feels that the high-profile Indian Premier League has been a good learning experience for players from across the countries, and the Twenty20 tournament has made a positive impact on world cricket.
"IPL is a good opportunity to talk to other players. As a bowler, I am talking to batsmen. I think IPL is a good learning experience. With people collaborating with each other at various levels, I feel it has improved world cricket over the last few years," Nannes told reporters at PCA stadium on Thursday on the eve of his team's clash against Kings XI Punjab in Monhali on Friday.
Nannes, a veteran of 142 Twenty20s, is yet to get a game in IPL season five, but that doesn't demoralise him.
"It can be frustrating (at not getting a game), but you got to come in this tournament with an air of patience. You realise there are so many good players around, so many international players. The tournament is so long that you will get a game eventually," the 35-year-old left-arm pacer said.
Asked how he keeps himself focused sitting among the reserves, Nannes said, "One would be upset and angry at not getting a game, but that's not what I thinking about. I stay very positive."
RCB has so far won two games out of five outings, which includes the morale-boosting win against Pune Warriors at home earlier this week.
Nannes said with a good side at disposal, RCB is looking to maintain its consistency in the long tournament.
Asked about the condition of 11-year-old Tia Bhatia, whose nose had to be operated upon after she was hit by a towering six from Chris Gayle in Bangalore on Tuesday, Nannes said she was on her way to recovery.
"She was operated upon yesterday. She is better and is at home. Hopefully, she should be okay soon. As a team we wish her well and a speedy recovery," he said.