Ravi Rampaul backs Royal Challengers Bangalore batsmen to come good in upcoming matches

Ravi Rampaul said RCB are not dependent on Chris Gayle (above) © AFP (File photo)

Bangalore: Apr 15, 2013

Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer Ravi Rampaul on Monday said the team has the firepower to win matches even without any contribution from explosive opener Chris Gayle.

“Even when Gayle doesn’t perform, there are other young Indian players waiting for the opportunity to prove themselves. They haven’t got a chance yet because Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers are performing well. Our batting has not really gone down to the tail. They are ready and waiting for the opportunity,” Ramapul told reporters.

Replying to a query, Rampaul said the team’s execution at death overs was dismal and they need to work on it.

“Once we get that right, all our performances will be lifted. I am comfortable bowling at all times of the innings. Whatever the captain and the bowler decide, the execution is the key. There are a lot of games coming up and so there are lot of opportunities,” he said.

Rampaul said the Bangalore wicket has always helped the bowlers and he always try to put his best foot forward.

The West Indian pacer said the RCB need to quickly put their defeat against Chennai Super Kings in the last game behind.

“It’s tough that two of our matches went to the last over and one turned out to be a Super Over. That’s how cricket goes. We have to go back to the drawing board and decide what we have to do,” he said.

On his encouraging performance against Chennai, Rampaul said he just made use of the opportunity to get three wickets but at the end of the day, the team did not win.

“Hence it doesn’t matter how well I did. We have to continue playing as a team and keep our heads held high,” he said.