Bowling and fielding need dramatic improvement: Vettori

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Daniel Vettori feels the bowling and fielding of their team needs to uplift if they have to survive in the tournament AFP

By CricketCountry Staff

Bengaluru: Sep 29, 2011

Daniel Vettori s brilliant innings of 44 runs was overshadowed by the nine-wicket loss to the Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday. The Royal Challengers Bangalore captain in a press conference after the match spoke about the reasons for the loss and the way forward for the Bangalore team.

Vettori said,” We need to win the remaining two games to give ourselves a chance to go further in the tournament. Whatever happened in this game is irrelevant now but there were many things that went wrong.

“Our bowling and fielding, in particular, need to improve dramatically if we want to give ourselves a chance of winning against Somerset. We know this wicket better than anyone and so, there s no excuse for the performance we put up tonight.”

The left-arm spinner praised the duo of Jacques Kallis and Gautam Gambhir for their 100-run partnership which eased the KKR side to a victory.

“Scoring 170 gave us a very good chance. We had planned to get through the KKR top order early and get Yusuf Pathan out as soon as possible. But Haddin, Kallis and Gambhir played magnificently. That, coupled with how badly we bowled, allowed them to dominate,” he said.

Vettori also defended his decision to hold back strike bowler Dirk Nannes who bowled 3 overs in the match.

“It was a ploy to use him against Yusuf Pathan. We know what a destructive batsman Yusuf is and we wanted to put pressure on him with some pace. But we couldn’t get so far,” said Vettori.

The Bangalore captain said despite his team being on alert the Gambhir-Kallis partnership stole the match away from them. He said,”It was just about getting our heads back into the game. When a team is dominating you like that, you can get lost a bit and the guys tend to go into their own world.

“It was just to try and shake them out of it because fielding was going to give us a chance of winning the game. But after the start KKR got, we couldn’t manage to sneak back into the game.”

Vettori said attacking the lesser bowlers during his batting helped him to guide RCB to a respectable total, and also praised inexperienced Raju Bhtakal for hus cameo innings.

“A lot of times when you’re batting down the order in a T20, you need to start hitting boundaries from ball one. Today I had a few balls to get myself in before going for the shots. Also, Kallis and Lee – KKR’s best bowlers of the night – had almost bowled out early on. That gave me an opportunity to attack some of their lesser bowlers and it worked out well. I thought Raju (Bhatkal) (25 off 18 balls) played well too,” said Vettori.