Chris Gayle can put your best laid plans to rest: Daniel Vettori
Daniel Vettori is one of the best ever spin bowlers to have graced modern day cricket but the wily spinner will readily tell you that he is incredibly lucky to have Chris Gayle as his teammate at Royal Challengers Bangalore since he does not have to bowl to the burly West Indian opener in an IPL game.
Despite his international experience, Vettori has been waiting on the sidelines this season with Kartik Murali and Muttiah Muralitharan getting preference ahead of the Kiwi. But ‘Harry Potter’, as Vettori is popularly known, has not allowed his being ‘benched’ to put him down and he exuded optimism in a recent interview with the ‘Times of India’.
Here are a few excerpts from the interview.
How to beat Chris Gayle
Be on the same team as Gayle! Being a left hander, he will definitely relish playing left arm spin, and I am lucky not bowling to him in a competitive match. When Gayle is on song, he can put to rest your best laid plans as he has the ability to win a match single-handedly.
Virat Kohli as RCB captain
Kohli is an exuberant skipper and always brings the best out of the team. His competitive nature holds the team in good stead and it may just about lead RCB to the IPL title this year.
On RCB’s away form
Yes it is a record which we definitely need to improve upon. Though we did win against Pune away, doing it in the rest of the group matches is a must- must if we really want to make it to the final.
On not playing even once this season
It had to happen when there is Muralitharan in the team (laughs). But frankly speaking, a veteran like Muralitharan will only help inspire the other young players in the team, considering the vast amount of experience he has in international cricket.
On the young guns in the side
They are really improving. Saurabh Tiwary (who was recently criticized for a poor run in the IPL) has made critics eat their words with a fine knock against Pune, and such performances from youngsters really augur well for Indian cricket as a whole.
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