IPL 2013

Royals have received death-bowling boost - Dravid

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April 2, 2013

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Rahul Dravid prepares to play a shot during a practice match at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur
Rahul Dravid said Rajasthan Royals will think about at the opening options available to them © Rajasthan Royals
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Rajasthan Royals captain Rahul Dravid has said the inclusion of bowlers like Fidel Edwards and James Faulkner in the squad has strengthened their bowling, specially in the death overs, improving Royals' chances in the IPL this year.

"[Last year] we were hampered by injuries to our main bowlers, Shaun Tait, Kevon Cooper and S Sreesanth," Dravid said. "Moreover, Shane Watson was not available for most of the matches and that meant that, at times, the responsibility of bowling death overs was shouldered by rather inexperienced bowlers.

"We had to pay the price for that but this time we are better equipped. In the auctions, we went for Fidel Edwards and James Faulkner under our backup plans. Edwards can generate good pace like Tait, and Faulkner has been doing well in this version of cricket."

Dravid was also happy with Sreesanth's fitness. "He has been bowling very well in the nets and practice matches," he said. "He is eager to prove himself."

While stressing that Watson's "presence alone was great for the team", Dravid said that the decision to bowl would rest with the Australian allrounder. "I feel at some point of time he will bowl but he will have to decide himself." Watson did not bowl during the recent Test series in India because of fitness issues.

Dravid also refrained from stating who would partner Ajinkya Rahane at the top of the innings, saying that the team would think about the options it has.

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Posted by Narbavi on (April 4, 2013, 12:39 GMT)

@dayada: You are absolutely right, kusal is a great talent, we have seen it now since his debut but still he won't be put ahead of watson, and he wont' be slotted in the middle order as Hodge and owais shah, two seasoned t20 specialists are present!!

Posted by dayada on (April 4, 2013, 8:56 GMT)

@Narbavi: I'm srilankan. i agree with u & i dont think RR will give kusal a chance even without watson becoz he is a overseas player. I'm a good fan of kusal & he'll catch everyone's eyes in future. This is not the time....

Posted by Narbavi on (April 4, 2013, 7:11 GMT)

@Htc-Android: they can use kusal only if they decide to give watson a rest, and you are wrong, they have two more keepers, yagnik and sanju samson, sanju samson will be starting the first two or three games for RR this season!!

Posted by Htc-Android on (April 4, 2013, 5:19 GMT)

Rajasthan has only two choice for wicketkeepers. One is kusal and the other is goswami. Goswami is not reliable with the bat. Kusal is the other choice left for them. So they must go with him.

Posted by dayada on (April 3, 2013, 17:30 GMT)

i see lots of comments about kusal perera & watson, it's okay but some of them talk about kusal highly. dont do that becoz he is very young & inexperience but talented, he'll become good in future. so it's really unfair to compare kusal & watson.....

Posted by THEBEAST7 on (April 3, 2013, 13:43 GMT)

Hey guys c'mon... Idea is RR to beat the hell out of other teams... So they need a super keeper who can bat well... in this RR squad its non other than Kusal... He dsnt need to open the innings, He can be used any where, but the problem is he goes as an overseas player.... but definitely worth to have him in the side.. he times it to perfection.... @ Narbavi on (April 2, 2013, 16:23 GMT) - watto won the player of the series in T20 WC mainly coz of super bowling skills which he might not use in this series... Watto the all-rounder is always welcome but not watto the "out of touch" batsmen...

Posted by   on (April 3, 2013, 12:58 GMT)

Sreesanth main bowler?....its funny

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