Rajasthan Royals v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2013, Jaipur April 15, 2013

Dravid praises Sreesanth's response

ESPNcricinfo staff

Rahul Dravid said he was happy to see Sreesanth bounce back during Rajasthan Royals' six-wicket win against Kings XI Punjab after an expensive spell against Pune Warriors. Sreesanth picked up the wickets of Kings XI openers - Adam Gilchrist and Mandeep Singh - in his first over and was economical giving away 20 runs in his spell.

"You have to realise that in T20, you will have bad games," Dravid said. "It's part and parcel of the game. Out of four games, Sreesanth's had three good games. If 75 per cent of the time in the tournament you have good games, then I'll take it happily. He did really well today and it was good to see him bounce back from the previous game."

Sreesanth drew consistent movement off the Jaipur pitch that offered help to the seamers and, along with James Faulkner and Siddharth Trivedi, helped Royals to limit Kings XI to 124. The Royals had lost four wickets with 46 needed to win, but an unbeaten stand between Ajinkya Rahane and Sanju Samson took them over the line in the last over.

"Chasing 125 was not going to be easy on this surface because it was offering movement," Dravid said. "All wickets should not be of 170-180 runs. 140-150 run wickets can also have exciting games. We are happy with the wicket and don't interfere with the job of curator. We need to learn to bat better on such wickets."

"[Shane] Watson played beautifully to add quick runs and release some pressure. But we got stuck in the middle with fall of couple of wickets but Ajinkya Rahane stood there till the end to steer us home. Sanju Samson also batted beautifully and has shown a lot of promise. All in all, it was a fine team effort."

He also brushed aside any concerns regarding the form of his batsmen, while stating that Brad Hodge's position in the batting order would depend on the situation the team faces. "As far as the matter of Hodge batting up the order is concerned I feel he has been very good in accelerating at the end overs," he said. "If the need arises, he can be promoted up the order. The good is thing is that we now have enough cover and options for all positions and can shuffle to meet the demands of situations."

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  • Dummy4 on April 17, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    Todays team: Watson,Rahane,Dravid,Hodge,binny/sachin,sanju,cooper,faulkner,shukla/chandila,sreesanth,trivedi

  • Dummy4 on April 16, 2013, 16:42 GMT

    Sreesanth varied his pace in the last game and that did some good. But Sreesanth is going to bowling to the big guns of MI, CSK,RCB, SRH from here on.

    There are guys in there who would fancy his pace. Dravid and the team management needs to get sreesanth to swing that ball often.

    He's good for it and can if he get's into the zone, we are talking of wickets of good players within the 6 over restriction. A captain could not ask for more.

  • Dummy4 on April 16, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    good to see srishanth back on form.

  • Dummy4 on April 16, 2013, 4:30 GMT

    Sreesanth is a good player. When he is at fire, no one can knock him down. He keeps his line and length in a perfect way when he is in good form.. But the major problem with him, is losing his self esteem when his ball gets punished for a couple of boundaries or sixers, he loses his temper and the line and length will lose in the end and concedes more runs. But i like the way he bowls... He has got speed, line and length. He could have given couple of chances in indian team for any away matches. Am sure, he can perform well.

  • SANU P on April 16, 2013, 3:35 GMT

    its good to see Local guys are playing well under Rahul Dravid. Its a team which is performing with in there limitation. If Watson start fireing consistantly then this team will rock. GOOD Luck Rahul

  • TR on April 15, 2013, 21:51 GMT

    What India needs is a couple of more Bhuvaneshwar Kumars preferably much bigger and stronger than the current one! Currently Bhuvi is a young right handed Zaheer in full form. He is not that big guy compared to international pace bowlers. But he has already proven that the precision and intelligence alone can take you this far. He seems guaranteed to take the top 2-3 wickets even in partial helpful conditions. All Ind needs is few more such bowlers, so they can run through the apposition. Sreesanth was once like that loong back when India went to Aus. That Sreesanth is not to be seen now and is not expected to be found - especially after the IPL started.

  • Adhil on April 15, 2013, 20:04 GMT

    @spinkingKK: I think you got it wrong, Kallis did score 40 runs at a strike rate of 150+ but the other guys scored 47 of 21 (strike rate of well over 200) and which is kind of a big thing when you take the context of the game... a total of 165 suddenly turned out to be 180+ which was why the Sunrisers never looked like they could chase it.

  • Dummy4 on April 15, 2013, 18:42 GMT

    Sreesanth needs a strong captain to channelize his talent. Otherwise, sadly he will be lost to Indian cricket.

  • jose on April 15, 2013, 17:22 GMT

    Please let sreesanth play some county cricket before he is selected back to the national team. England conditions can make his confidence level boosted up and more mentally and physically fit.

  • Ashif on April 15, 2013, 14:53 GMT

    @spinkingKK look beyond the stats. Faulkner saved pleny of runs with his fielding and took a very difficult run out chance of Mandeep Singh. He also drew out Praveen Kumar ( the batsman who looked most at ease for the Kings XI) from the crease with a slower ball to have him run out.