We have done well against strong teams on good wickets: Jayawardene

The Sri Lankan is relying on youngsters in his side to pull off win but is also wary of the dangerous Chris Gayle Getty Images

Bangalore: May 7, 2011

They are facing formidable Royal Challengers Bangalore in a tricky situation but Kochi Tuskers Kerala skipper Mahela Jayawardene said they have done well against strong teams whenever they have played on good tracks.

The Tuskers need to win three out of next four matches to be in play-off contention and Jayawardene said one of the reasons for their plight is playing on poor wickets.

“I am not making an excuse but in our last few games we have played on some mediocre wickets and then you have to scrap for runs. It is a challenge and we need to adapt to that. Even if we score 90 or a 120 we need to fight back. On good tracks we have done well against strong teams be it Delhi or Kolkata,” Jaywardene said.

“Ours is a young team and it took some time to settle down. We have some very good players. Both RCB and Kochi Tuskers have had different fortunes. RCB is a strong side but we hope to do well. We have had good results against teams like Delhi and Kolkata,” he added.

The Sri Lankan is relying on youngsters in his side to pull off win but is also wary of the dangerous Chris Gayle.

“The local players are doing well for us and that is a good sign. Prashanth Parameshwaran held his nerve in big matches. We all know that Raiphi Gomez has the talent and he has done well.

“Vinay brings in lots of experience of having played here. He can give us insights about the pitch but then even the RCB squad has changed tremendously from what it was in the last season and we need to plan for that. Gayle has done very well and we need to take that into account,” he said.

Gayle is in scorching form and has already struck two hundreds in this season.

Jayawardene said playing without pressure is key and that’s what his message was to his teammates.

“No one gave us a chance so I told the boys, ‘let us enjoy the cricket and let us enjoy the tough situations more than the other teams.’ We have done well.”

Jayawardene will leave the tournament mid-way to join national team but the Lankan said it won’t affect the team much.

“Our team is not about individuals, it is about collective effort. When I leave, I am sure we have talent on the bench to step in and perform. It is not about me or any individual player,” he said.