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IPL 2018: Rajasthan Royals ready to tackle Sunrisers Hyderabad bowlers, says K Gowtham

K Gowtham, who smashed 33 off 11 balls to give Rajasthan Royals a thrilling win over Mumbai Indians, has said the side is better prepared to tackle Sunrisers Hyderabad’s power-packed bowling in their 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) match.

cricket Updated: Apr 28, 2018 21:12 IST
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Siddharth Vishwanathan
Hindustan Times, Jaipur
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Rajasthan Royals batsman K Gowtham celebrates after hitting the winning runs during the 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL 2018) match against Mumbai Indians in Jaipur on April 22.(AFP)

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) may have defended 118 and 132 in their last two games of the 2018 Indian Premier League, but K Gowtham, Royals all-rounder, said the team is preparing to tackle Sunrisers’ powerful bowling.

Speaking in the pre-match press conference at the Sawai Mansingh stadium, he said, “Last two games, we must look at the way the other teams played. We could see Mumbai Indians had a good start and they did not consolidate. Rajasthan Royals are much better prepared,” Gowtham said.

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He added that the weeklong break following the thrilling win over Mumbai Indians will not affect their momentum.

“We played three games in five days and the break was required. We went to Ranthambore and engaged in activities. This is a professional league and we cannot say it will affect momentum. It is a good thing we played the last game and won a close contest. It gives the team immense self-belief,” Gowtham said.

Not worried about pacers

Rajasthan Royals have the most expensive Indian pacer and foreign buy in their squad for the 2018 IPL. However, Jaydev Unadkat, bought for R11.5 crore, and Ben Stokes, purchased for R12.5 crore in the player auction, have taken just three and one wicket respectively. However, Gowtham is not worried about the underwhelming performance.

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“We have not clicked completely as a bowling unit. When it happens, we will do very well. We are not too concerned about the fast bowlers. All have experience and I am sure they will do well in upcoming games,” he said.

Little more recognition

Gowtham’s magnificent 11-ball 33 stole the show for Rajasthan Royals in their win over three-time champions Mumbai Indians. Following the knock, there have been plenty of positives in Gowtham’s life.

“You get a little more recognition wherever you are going nowadays. It is a positive change. Not much has changed personally. I am enjoying this phase,” he said.

First Published: Apr 28, 2018 21:12 IST