IPL 2013 April 2, 2013

Royals have received death-bowling boost - Dravid

ESPNcricinfo staff

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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  • 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!!

  • daya 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....

  • 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!!

  • associate cricket fan 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.

  • daya 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.....

  • Surath 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...

  • Dummy4 on April 3, 2013, 12:58 GMT

    Sreesanth main bowler?....its funny

  • mangala on April 3, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    Narbavi- He talk so much about Watson he has a point to prove about watson becasue he's an Allrounder and also how fail or out of touch not caring for T20 format also not for watson i remember he come before t20 world he out of touch too but he come's the tournament all about him ausie ride with his form i know he had bad few months but he can return well. Also we talk about Kusal janith and RR options why we go for owis shah he fail since 2009 and also he wasn't part of england team why we give him to chance cuting kusal janith out of the game and also RR have no idea how become next wicket keeper my opinon is we play Kusal janith all the game with keeper and opening bastman with rahane and we go watson with number 4 like they did 2007 ipl they win. and other 2 guys for Brad Houge and Shaun Tait why not some time kusal might fail few open matches but you give him to chance he will suprise you definitly guys trust me he only for second chris Galye on this IPl.

  • Sarah on April 3, 2013, 12:36 GMT

    @Narbavi ; Well, I didn't say that RR would lift the cup if they play Kusal. :) It doesn't depend on one player but a collective effort. But every team is going to the competition hoping to win it, aren't they ? So Kusal can definitely can help to bring the RR more than a few steps closer to that goal with his explosive batting n sharp wicket keeping.

  • narbavi on April 3, 2013, 10:15 GMT

    @Baseball-Sucks: So if kusal plays RR will win ipl? wow great logic, watson didn't do well in the tests, t20 is a different ball game, a format which he has always excelled, your point is totally invalid when u say RR has to leave out Watson to play kusal at the top order!!