IPL 2012: Rahul Dravid accepts bowling in death a worry for Rajasthan Royals

Rahul Dravid expressed surprise at RCB’s move to open with Dilshan and Virat Kohli PTI

Jaipur: Apr 24, 2012

Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid feels that his team’s bowling at the death is a cause of concern.

Rajasthan were comprehensively beaten by 46-runs by Bangalore yesterday where the home team bowlers got a bit of stick in the last few overs.

“We had the game in control till the 13-14th over, but in the last seven overs things slipped out of our hands. It has happened before also, the bowling in death overs is still a big worry for us,” Dravid said after the match.

“I can’t blame the bowlers, they are inexperienced but they have been trying hard. You can do little when the likes of (Tillakaratne) Dilshan and De Villiers are playing. I would not take away the credit from them as they batted very well to post a formidable 189 for 3,” the skipper added.

Asked about team’s over dependance on Ajinkya Rahane and Owais Shah as far as batting is concerned, Dravid replied,”We have been batting quite decently in all our eight matches and I don’t feel we rely heavily on Rahane and Shah only,” said Dravid, who scored a 42-ball 58 in the losing cause.

“When you are chasing a big total of 190 you have to play shots and you might fall 30-40 runs short. It becomes tough to chase the extra 35-40 runs which we gave away,” he insisted.

The skipper expressed surprise at RCB’s move to open with Dilshan and Virat Kohli and sending the explosive Chris Gayle at No 4.

“We were surprised not see Gayle coming out to open the innings. We had some plans for him,” he revealed.

The captain, however, was critical of his fielders.

“The fielding was poor. We did not drop too many catches but we certainly could have fielded better,” he said.

Dravid also informed that they were thinking of playing Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait in the side. The former India captain is eagerly waiting for Aussie all-rounder Shane Watson’s arrival as he can bring in the necessary balance required.

“We are also pondering over to play Shaun Tait. Sreesanth is another option, but I am not sure whether he would be available to play as he has been ruled out for at least two weeks.

“We have good bowlers in Pankaj Singh and Kevin Cooper. Ajit Chandela and Gajendra can be good options, but they all are rather inexperienced. I feel our attack would have a settled look only after Watson lands here.

“We are expecting him to be in India by April 29 and most probably he will play against Delhi on May 1, if he is fit and not wary of a jet-lag,” Dravid added.

Asked why Ashok Menaria was left out of the team, as he could have proved handy against left-arm spinner K P Appanna, Dravid said the left-hander had been rested.

“We thought of giving him a break but he will be back in the side soon. Stuart Binny too is a talented player and we gave him the opportunity,” he said. (PTI)