IPL 2012: Captain for RCB's match against MI undecided, says Dilshan

Daniel Vettori sat out for Royal Challengers Bangalore’s match against Deccan Chargers AFP

Mumbai: May 8, 2012

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are yet to decide on whether Daniel Vettori or Virat Kohli would lead the team tomorrow against Mumbai Indians in their IPL match here at the Wankhede Stadium, said Tillakaratne Dilshan.

“We will take a call on the captain tomorrow. It will be either (regular captain, Daniel) Vettori or (Virat) Kohli. We have not taken a decision yet,” said the Sri Lanka batsman on the eve of the match here today.

Dilshan felt his teammates needed to be at their best against a keyed up Mumbai Indians, who rediscovered their winning touch, having won three of their last four games, including a sensational last-ball victory over Chennai Super Kings on Sunday.

“Mumbai are a great team, one of the best teams in the competition and we have to play up to our potential,” said Dilshan.

The 35-year-old Sri Lankan joined the Bangalore outfit only after the conclusion of the Test series at home against England on April 7 and has played only five (batted in just four games) matches in which he has hit two 70-plus knocks while opening the innings.

“We are playing non-stop cricket. I think we have to perform in whatever chances we get. We have to adjust quickly to the conditions and also to the T20 format. We have to grab our chances and perform. I am happy to perform for RCB. I played four matches and am happy with my form,” said Dilshan, who hit 76 not out against Rajasthan Royals at Jaipur and 71 against Deccan Chargers at Bangalore.

Dilshan though admitted that his Sri Lankan teammate Lasith Malinga is one of the best Twenty20 bowlers in the world currently, he said there was no need to caution RCB players against the danger of facing the sling-arm bowler.

“No need to tell anyone about Malinga as everyone knows he’s among the world’s top most Twenty20 bowlers. We have to just watch the ball and play,” he insisted.

Dilshan was also not too worried about the lack of form of his team’s Indian players, especially Kohli.

“Virat Kohli and the other Indian batsmen would peak at the right time. Kohli is a match-winner,” he said.

Describing South African A B de Villiers as one of the best players whom he had seen in his career, Dilshan said, “AB de Villiers is a fantastic player. He’s been in great form in the last 2-3 years. He is one of the match winners. I’m really happy I can learn from him on how to adjust to conditions, adjust to some bowlers.

“He is one of the greatest players I have seen in my career.” (PTI)