Murali Kartik will give his best at RCB
He made his name bowling India to a sensational win against Australia in Mumbai in 2004. Kartik Murali, the way he prefers to be addressed now, was one of the better spinners who were a part of the national set up in the 2000s.
After playing for the Kolkata Knight Riders from 2008 to 2010 and Pune Warriors India from 2011 to 2012, the classical left arm spinner will represent RCB in IPL 6.
Fielding questions from media persons at the sidelines of RCB’s pre-season training camp at Bangalore yesterday, here is what Kartik Murali had to say:
On Virat Kohli’s appointment as RCB skipper
“He has been earmarked as a leader not only for this team but also for India. He was the vice-captain to (MS) Dhoni and if my memory serves me right, on a couple of occasions he has stood in for Dhoni. He is a young guy who has got precocious talent and he has got that attitude and zeal that is good to have in a captain.”
On playing for RCB, his 3rd IPL side
Remarking that RCB were among “the most successful sides in the IPL” across five seasons of the IPL, Kartik said that he was used to playing for new teams with his experience in county cricket for a long time. “It’s a new season, new team, new challenges – a lot of players that I have played with and against… I don’t think it’s a very different scenario.”
“I don't know which eleven players will come out on the park, but I think RCB has a lot of exceptional young Indian talent. And I think everyone knows about how good our overseas players are.”
On the changing role of spinners in Twenty20
“The first time I played Twenty20 cricket, I went for 39 runs in four overs, against Surrey. Then I thought this is not the game for spinners. I was trying to bowl the 50-over way which didn’t work”.
“As life teaches you to survive, the spinners have tried different things. Now you can see so many spinners bowling close to three overs in the Power Play. I have been bowling the first over in the Power Plays for most of the teams I have played for – Pune Warriors, Kolkata Knight Riders, Surrey, Somerset or Railways. That shows how much the spinners have come around and 140-145 scores are sometimes defendable where the spinners have to play a massive role.”
What’s more useful for a spinner in T20 - Variations or a strong stock delivery?
“Look, I bowl six different deliveries and the batsman hits it to six different parts (laughs). That’s all I can say. Pehla, doosra, teesra, chautha, paanchavaan, chhatha (first, second, third, fourth, fifth, sixth) — I have never been the one who has gone and tried these things, I try my own things and subtle variations having played the game for so long. I think I am a classical left-arm spinner, and I do my own things in a very different way.”
Has he considered the IPL as a comeback vehicle?
“I don’t think like that. Personally, I have never looked at IPL as a criterion to get picked in Tests or Twenty20s,” said Kartik. “If you do well in Twenty20s, you need to get picked in Twenty20s and if you do well in 50 overs, you need to get picked in 50 overs. Yes, it has helped people like Ashish (Nehra) and Bala (Lakshmipathi Balaji). I have played world over and am doing well in county cricket. Here, you are playing for a side and you have your reputation at stake and you need to do well for whichever side you play for.
On not getting enough chances in the national team
“You can’t fight destiny. God has been kind enough to me and allowed me to play for the country. There might be lot of guys who are willing to be in my place today.”
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