RCB aims for a top two finish - Daniel Vettoti
With the team on a SIX-game winning streak, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Daniel Vettori appeared relaxed ahead of his side’s encounter...
Chennai Super Kings all but ensured qualification for the playoffs, and
took an important step towards ending in the crucial top two, with a win
that withstood the odd scare from Delhi Daredevils, who were formally
knocked out of the tournament even though they have two games to go.
Chennai, with 16 points from 12 games, were at the top of the table, but
Mumbai Indians (16) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (15) have an extra
game in hand.
DANIEL VETTORI - Interview
With the team on a six-game winning
streak, Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Daniel Vettori appeared
relaxed ahead of his side’s encounter...
On Zaheer Khan’s form
He is a great bowler. In the last game, I think, his last matches were great, well controlled when batsmen were trying to hit him. He is an extremely important bowler for us. Between the two of us
we try to carry the weight of the bowling attack.
On whether the RCB bowling attack has been tested given that the batsmen are winning them games
Yes, we got tested against Pune [Warriors India]. You get tested in
every game. There is no hiding away from that. Against Kochi we gave our
best bowling performance where we dismissed them for 120. There are so
many quality batsmen, the wickets are good, the boundaries are small –
so every time you step out on to the park your bowling is tested.
On whether he has any say in the preparation of the Bangalore wicket
I’ve never asked for any specific wicket. [We] Just turn up and play what we get on [that day].
On the importance of making it to the top two
I think that’s everyone’s goal. It is a relief when you make it to
the top four but when you have a chance to push on to that top one or
two spots, I think it’s worth pursuing. We’ve got four games left and if
we win three out of four then we’ve got a really good chance of doing
it. That has to be our goal now.
On Ross Taylor, who is Vettori’s teammate in the New Zealand national side, having an ordinary run in IPL 2011
I haven’t seen too much of Ross bat. But I know what a quality player
he is. We will have to think long and hard about our plans for him
because he is the kind of player who can be destructive and take the
game away from us. We certainly won’t be underestimating Ross.
On areas they would like to improve upon
As a captain you can have influence over the fielding attitude. Our
fielding effort was the best in the last game. It’s improved throughout
the tournament. Now that we’ve hit that standard we have to hold on to
it because we lost those three games in a row because our fielding was
so poor. And we’ve won these last five games because of some very good
batting and bowling but also because our fielding has improved. So
that’s the thing I will be stressing as a captain – that batting and
bowling are an individual thing but fielding is a team thing and
something that we can hold on to.
On what has led to improvement in the team’s fielding
Sometimes people get embarrassed by their own fielding displays if
it’s not up to their usual high standards. That can motivate people. And
once you put the spotlight on them, I think people work a little bit
harder. So, that’s probably what we’ve seen. And because of the batting
and bowling, the confidence that we’ve taken from there, that’s probably
gone into the fielding as well.