Pune Warriors v Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2012, Pune May 9, 2012

Our bowlers were clinical - Dravid

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rajasthan Royals' captain Rahul Dravid has said his bowlers' clinical performance was instrumental in their win over Pune Warriors on Tuesday.

"It was a very clinical performance, and hats off to my bowlers who did a fantastic job to restrict Pune to 125," Dravid said. "It was a good all-round performance by everyone, especially the bowlers who set the game up for us by making us chase only 125. If we had to chase anything over 150 it would have been a tough game.

"Good bowlers are the key, irrespective of whether they are fast or slow, they make a big difference and having a good quality bowling attack is really important. We do have some young bowlers in our side and a lot of our young bowlers have learnt a lot from this competition."

Warriors' batsmen struggled against the pace of Shaun Tait who picked up three for 13. "We use Tait when we need a wicket, he's our attack and shock bowler. Tait is our enforcer," Dravid said. "When he is bowling well it makes a big difference to the team. It's great to have him and Shane Waston performing well. Johan Botha is another critical member of our side; we also got a good spell out of Stuart Binny today, I though he bowled superbly.

"We may make plans but I really believe it's about execution," he said. "You can make all the plans you want but at the end of the day you're only as good as your bowlers who execute them, and I'm really happy that in the last couple of games our bowlers have done that."

Dravid said that Royals, who are currently fourth on the points table, behind Kolkata Knight Riders, Delhi Daredevils and Mumbai Indians, needed to win a majority of their remaining matches to secure a berth in the play-offs. "We have four more games to go and we must focus on playing well," he said. "If you win well it helps the net run rate but I think we must not worry about net run rate at this stage. With a couple of teams in contention it looks like 18 points will be needed [to make the play-offs] but we must not worry about what is needed but just play good cricket."

Dravid, who retired from international cricket in March this year, said that despite his retirement his routine hasn't changed. "It has not been very different for me as I just quit international cricket and a couple of weeks later I was playing the IPL," he said. "It has just been a continuation of my career. It will only be in June that I'll have more time. For me it hasn't felt any different at all, whatever I had been doing while playing international cricket, I've just continued with the same mindset and routine."

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  • gaurav on May 10, 2012, 9:51 GMT

    Mr. Rahul Dravid u r the best in the world in batting department....

  • David on May 10, 2012, 8:31 GMT

    Rahul... very pleasing to watch u roccking at ipl. around 400 runs and still more. continue ur hard work bcoz we are left only with ipl to watch u playing. infact i watch ipl5 just bcoz rahul plays and captains the side. all the best. hope u win the title and shout everyone's mouth about ability to play t20 cricket. ur are good captain and mere 2007 world cup failure doesn't fit to tag u as bad. ur awesome let the people realize that. many of the indians know to appreciate the tangible things and not the lateral or soul of things. I would say ur great than sachin bcoz of whom ur contribution is over shadowed. ALL THE VERY BEST RAHUL, UR PLAYING MAKES US STICK TO CRICKET...

  • Dummy4 on May 9, 2012, 14:31 GMT

    Rahul, plz come back to test cricket.... We bealieve u can playes atleast 2 more yrs.. If u can play 20-20 like this then test cricket is the format U r master of.. U can play Test like alwyz played... U r the true master. I watched u @ Pune n ur energy in d fields was phenomenal ..... Hats off

  • NIYAS on May 9, 2012, 10:39 GMT

    rahulji, i am a blind fan of you....please dont stop playing ipl after this as we people dont have another alternative to watch ur classic knocks,,,,I have already stopped wathcing international crickets when u called off ur great exempolary career..please dont an pls dont call up retirement from all cricket forms atleast for a couple of years............keep going with rocking my dear hero...............

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