Kane Richardson bowled a decisive spell against RCB © Getty Images (File Photo)
Kane Richardson bowled a decisive spell against RCB © Getty Images (File Photo)


Apr 27, 2014


Rajasthan Royals (RR) pace bowler Kane Richardson was the star with the ball in his team’s match against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Saturday. Richardson, whose twitter description reads “I am not Kane Williamson (New Zealand batsman),” spoke about getting rid of Yuvraj Singh and AB de Villiers off successive balls in the match, and said that having an Australian captain helped him.


Speaking to the official website of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Richardson said, “It’s just one of those days in T20 when things go your way and it snowballs from there. To get two wickets in the first over with one run-out was a bonus. There were some poor shots from them… When you are chasing 71, you expect to win the game, going four down and winning it, we are happy.”


On being asked about the type of pitch it was, Richardson said, “I think it was a bit slow, but over here you kind of expect that. In the game between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), both team scored 200-plus.”


Richardson went on to talk about the turning point in the game. “I didn’t bowl quickly today, and just let the pitch do its bit. There was also a touch of swing in the wicket and it worked in my favour. Yuvraj was a big wicket, along with AB [de Villiers]… To get Yuvraj and AB in quick succession was a huge blow because it left Virat with a bit too much to do.”


Asked about whether having an Australian captain made a difference, he said, “Definitely. The communication barrier drops down. Having said that, Shane [Watson] is new to the job as well, but he has adapted quickly. I am new in the Royals camp, but he has taken me on board and given me confidence.”


Richardson signed off by saying, “Here, the good thing is that I am pretty much on my own. I have to learn and think for myself. If I can start doing that at 23, it should help me in the long run.”


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