Biggest mistake is to plan too much for Gayle: Klinger

SA Redbacks skipper Michael Klinger said his side has prepared well for the tournament Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Bengaluru: Oct 5, 2011

South Australian Redbacks skipper Michael Klinger says his side will not be focusing much on the Royal Challengers Bangalore dashing opener Chris Gayle in their crucial Champions League T20 match on Wednesday.

“We’ll have a team meeting. We obviously saw what he can do. We’ve got a few options we think we can use up front against him. I think the biggest mistake any team can do is plan too much just for him. They’ve got some other good players,” Klinger said.

“Their top four are really good and they’ve got some guys in the middle who can play well too. We’ll have plans for Chris Gayle, but likewise we’ll have plans for Virat Kohli, Tillakaratne Dilshan, Saurabh Tiwary and rest of their batting group as well,” he added.

The Redbacks skipper said pressure will be immense on both the teams. “In this tournament there is pressure in every game because every game is so important. Tomorrow night is like quarter final for both teams because whoever wins will go into the semi-final. It is a knockout game,” he said.

“We’ve coped with pressure really well in the past. We’ve played in finals before – we won the Big Bash Final last year and we beat Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Champions League last year. Hopefully, we’ll cope well with it,” Klinger added.

When asked about taking on the Royal Challengers at home in front of hundreds of supporters, Redbacks skipper said his side is looking forward to the challenge.

“We are looking forward to that actually. Hopefully tomorrow night there’ll be plenty of fans cheering for RCB. We’ll just be happy playing in front of a big crowd. Last year we played RCB in the Champions League at Durban, and the majority crowd was with them. Hopefully we can keep them quiet by the end of the game,” he said.

Klinger said his side prepared hard in the last two or three months leading up to this tournament which has been excellent.