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Looking forward to play the Champions League for RC: Dilshan

Looking forward to play the Champions League for RC: Dilshan

By Vikram Afzulpurkar

An unassuming personality, Tilakaratne Dilshan of Royal Challengers Bangalore will now leave this team in the ongoing IPL to join the Sri Lankan team for the camp ahead of their tour of England. The diminutive inventor of the over-the-keeper scoop which one commentator labelled ‘Dilscoop’ has greatly enjoyed his time with Royal Challengers.

By Vikram Afzulpurkar

An unassuming personality, Tilakaratne Dilshan of Royal Challengers Bangalore will now leave this team in the ongoing IPL to join the Sri Lankan team for the camp ahead of their tour of England. The diminutive inventor of the over-the-keeper scoop which one commentator labelled ‘Dilscoop’ has greatly enjoyed his time with Royal Challengers.

Of course, he forged a now famous partnership with Chris Gayle and although the latter had more success, one mustn’t forget that it takes two to tango. Some understanding between these two had to have been there for their partnerships to succeed RC in one way or another during the last six outings.

Dilshan took out time late at night to talk to the Team RCB Web Crew prior to his departure. Talking about pressure in T20, Dilshan said there wasn’t much. Of course, it helped that the coach and the team backed their batsmen. This way, it was easy to recover form.

On being asked whether this Royal Challengers team had the potential to ‘go all the way,’ Dilshan nodded “This group has great talent. I see youngsters doing a great job for Royal Challengers.” On the Gayle-Dilshan partnership, he spoke positively about the understanding both had when batting. They decide which one of them should take a chance. “Stuff like fielder positioning and at other times ‘this boundary is long so we must clear it by some distance.”

They also decide who should hit the ball more depending on who gets a good start. In this case, the other man is content getting a few singles to rotate the strike. On team bonding, Dilshan was confident everybody was getting along with everybody. Even the team management and owners shared an understanding between them, therefore auguring well for the side.

Dilshan also had a good word for A Mithun, S Arvind and Mayank Agrawal among the Karnataka players to figure in RC. Like others, he recommended these players be given regular exposure to build a great RCB side of the future.

Bidding adeu and the team luck, Dilshan is looking forward to coming back to play the Champions League in India in September. The league features top domestic teams from all nations and RCB in their current position are confident that they will qualify. Good luck, Dilshan, for the Sri Lankan tour of England and we hope your team is successful.

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They are in CLT20
krishnasa1 on 24 Aug 2011, 08:18 AM
Absolutely!Dilshan's contribution can't be underminded..he was fantastic with Gayle at the top and don't forget they can switch roles whenever the please as Dilshan is no less of a scorer!
RoyalShaan on 02 Jul 2011, 08:47 PM
we are with you.
moumita on 06 Jun 2011, 02:11 AM
we need u in CL...with absence of u and gayle rcb is nothing...
abhi-n on 05 Jun 2011, 07:44 PM
go ahead...rcb...win the game of ipl and clt20!!
vki009 on 28 May 2011, 02:11 AM
i knw u vl fire in d champions league..
tussar on 25 May 2011, 06:38 AM
Relax dilshan we have made it... u can play again this year for RCB in the Champions League
Avakash on 23 May 2011, 09:12 PM
Champions League will be for sure for RCB
Avakash on 23 May 2011, 03:03 AM
go dilshan.......
satishkumble on 23 May 2011, 01:03 AM
Datz awesome
San14 on 21 May 2011, 09:14 AM
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