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

Dravid praises Sreesanth's response

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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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  • Anubhav-the-Experience on April 15, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Sreesanth is like Ajit Agarkar, great at times and the worst of the worst at times. They both got so much punished in so many matches. But sreesanth's performance in SA was really something that pleads his case on its own. The problems is that his bowling is rhythm bowling and when you have an uneasy mind, you will seldom have that rhythm.

  • Narbavi on April 15, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Rajasthan Royals for me is the team to watch out for, they have got all bases covered with the limited local resources, they are all exciting talents to watch out for, even in the overseas department they have got like for like replacements as back up, loved watching this team, hope my hero Rahul also does well with the bat, good luck!!

  • on April 17, 2013, 3:29 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • on April 16, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    good to see srishanth back on form.

  • 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.

  • SANUPSAJI 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

  • TRAM 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.

  • AdhilM 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.

  • 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.

  • Anubhav-the-Experience on April 15, 2013, 9:40 GMT

    Sreesanth is like Ajit Agarkar, great at times and the worst of the worst at times. They both got so much punished in so many matches. But sreesanth's performance in SA was really something that pleads his case on its own. The problems is that his bowling is rhythm bowling and when you have an uneasy mind, you will seldom have that rhythm.

  • Narbavi on April 15, 2013, 8:19 GMT

    Rajasthan Royals for me is the team to watch out for, they have got all bases covered with the limited local resources, they are all exciting talents to watch out for, even in the overseas department they have got like for like replacements as back up, loved watching this team, hope my hero Rahul also does well with the bat, good luck!!

  • on April 17, 2013, 3:29 GMT

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

  • 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.

  • on April 16, 2013, 9:20 GMT

    good to see srishanth back on form.

  • 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.

  • SANUPSAJI 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

  • TRAM 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.

  • AdhilM 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.

  • 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.

  • josethekochite 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.

  • Apocalypse_EX 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.

  • Govind1234 on April 15, 2013, 13:54 GMT

    Sreesanth is among the best fast bowlers in the world when he is in good rhythm.But the problem is that he often gets carried away. Hope he dont bowl wayward in the next match against M.I,after getting praise from Dravid.

    He should be defenitely selected for the Series against SA,even though its 8 months away.For players like Sreesanth,current form does not really exist. Disappointing to see is Faulkner get the MoM when there was more than 5 other contenders who have played much better than him in this match.Looking forward to see Sachin Baby also playing in one of the future matches.

  • on April 15, 2013, 13:35 GMT

    Happy to see Sreesanth performing well, that was a wonderful bowling display. Being frank, I expected him to finish with a couple of wickets more to his kitty! and the surprise was that, Faulkner was the MoM. Reason why he was the MoM is truly unknown. People who deserved it was Sree for his figures 4-1-20-2 that changed the game with openers' wickets, Sanju Samson for his 3 catches/a run-out/27 from 23, Watson for his 32 from 19, Rahane for his 34 from 42 (can be considered though it was a slow innings) and Trivedi. Its too irritating to see real appreciation being denied to the deserving people bcos of the politics behind the curtains. Hope cricinfo would post this instead of deleting!!

  • spinkingKK on April 15, 2013, 13:02 GMT

    I am not a fan of IPL. However, why was Faulkner the man of the match in this match? He bowled 4 overs for 30 runs and took 2 wickets (1 late middle order and 1 tail ender). Sreesanth bowled 4 overs for 20 runs and took 2 top order wickets. But, for some reason, Faulkner was the man of the match. I also saw another scorecard in which Kallis scored some 40 plus runs at a strike rate of 150plus and tookd 3 wickets in an economical spell. But, the man of the match was someone who scored 3 or 4 runs more than him at a lot slower strike rate.

  • torsha on April 15, 2013, 12:51 GMT

    Selectors should pick him in test matches against SA.

  • YogifromNY on April 15, 2013, 12:45 GMT

    I live in the US and support the Indian cricket team. Though I am ethnically from Pune, my support in the IPL has always been for RR since the first edition and the amazing captaincy of Shane Warne and now Dravid. They are the feel-good team each year and punch far above their weight. MI and CSK should be shoo-ins for the semis this year. Perhaps, just perhaps (I hope!), RR can get in there too, esp if they can win a couple of away games in addition to most of their home games!

  • shariqea on April 15, 2013, 12:32 GMT

    It was exceptional show by RR in bowling department , they have done this against KKR as well. For me RR is far better side than KingsXI, sunrise, PWI, and equally good as MI, CSK and KKR in terms of talent and potential is conerned. They are doing absoultely fine and they have good bunch of players to bag the second title..

  • on April 15, 2013, 12:31 GMT

    It was really surprising to see the Player of the Match Award go to Faulkner as rightfully it belonged to Sanju Samson. He had 3 good catches behind the wicket and a good stint at batting too! I thought this IPL were meant to discover new talent and and praise it when the time is there..but this was a shocker.

  • alvinjjacob on April 15, 2013, 11:44 GMT

    I think Sreesanth is the best Indian bowler in greeny surface. But god sake don't play him in flat or slower pitch

  • alvinjjacob on April 15, 2013, 11:38 GMT

    I wonder why Faulkner is given man of the match. Yes that run out was breath taking. But don't think his performance was better than that of Sreesanth, Trivedi, Watson, Samson, Rahane

  • SamRoy on April 15, 2013, 11:29 GMT

    For me Rajasthan Royals is the third best and the third most balanced team after CSK and MI. MI is the best team (closely followed by CSK) and CSK is the most balanced team in this year's IPL.

  • nikil_s on April 15, 2013, 11:17 GMT

    my playing xi:watson,rahane,dravid,hodge/shah,binny/meneria,samson,faulkner,cooper,sreeshanth,trivedi,chandila

  • Pinarsh255 on April 15, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    In T20, 3 out of 4 matches, I think is more than acceptable. Though it is a small sample, it seems Sreeshant needs someone like Dravid as his captain. Because of his temperament(or lack of it) he has lost a lot of things. It will be nice if he can play good 2-3 years of test cricket. Agree with Anubhav. I think he has got 2 MOM in SA. When he is in mood, in rhythm, he is a graceful bowler. Upright seam position, lovely late out-swing. Because of the past record he may get a recall for SA series. India should go with 5 pace bowlers in the team. Umesh, Zaheer, Sreeshant, Ishant, Bhuvi would be my five.

  • on April 15, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    good bowling by sreesanth i think the damage which has done by sreesanth was the turnning point of the match. i think that RR need dravid in this march to score some runs. Sorry RR fans but i have to said that the team RR have is not who team who can qulify for play offs. the form of watson will be imortant for RR. i think kxip is more better team then they played in this match. they have some big aus players. which is the key point for kxip.

  • QingdaoXI on April 15, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    The Best XI for RR would be 1. Shane Watson 2. Ajinkya Rahane 3. Rahul Dravid 4. Sachin Baby/Stuart Binny 5. Brad Hodge 6. Sanju Samson 7. James Faulkner 8 Kevon Cooper 9. Ankit Chavan 10. Sreesanth 11. Trivedi. Sreesanth and Faulkner can open the Bowling with Cooper, Trivedi and Chavan bowling in middle overs and if necessary Watto can bowl over or 2. On spinning surface they should Play perera in place of Hodge. Watson, Rahane, Dravid, Binny, Perera, Baby, Faulkner, Cooper, Chavan, Sreesanth, Harmeet.

  • subbuamdavadi on April 15, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    The IPL should be about India - the way The Big Bash is about Australian cricketers (primarily!). In this respect, it is indeed heartening that teams such as RR promote young Indian talents. Even 'Sir' Jadeja came up through the RR ranks, same as Ajinkya Rahane. But it is indeed surprising that Rajasthan fast bowlers such as Pankaj Singh, do not find a place in the RR team.

  • matchfixerpkn on April 15, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    both sreesanth and praveen kuamr are much better than dinda,ishant,shammi ahmed in any pitch in any format..

  • Kunal-Talgeri on April 15, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    If Rajasthan Royals makes it to the top four, or wins (given the luck involved in the T20 format), Bangalore will still rejoice. Rajasthan may own Rahul Dravid, but he belongs to Bangalore in every sense.

  • on April 15, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    with Shane Watson & Brad Hodge , 2 great players of shorter version of cricket, along with Rahul Dravid and some highly talented Iindian Allrounders we can expect with some luck RR may lift the cup once again.

  • bijumonssss on April 15, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    happy to see sree's performance sure we have an another contendant for southafrica sure!!

  • on April 15, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    RR i would like them lifting cup once again bcoz dravid is the captain

  • sharidas on April 15, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Well done Royals. I am happy to see young Sanju Samson perform well.

  • sharidas on April 15, 2013, 8:41 GMT

    Well done Royals. I am happy to see young Sanju Samson perform well.

  • on April 15, 2013, 8:48 GMT

    RR i would like them lifting cup once again bcoz dravid is the captain

  • bijumonssss on April 15, 2013, 8:51 GMT

    happy to see sree's performance sure we have an another contendant for southafrica sure!!

  • on April 15, 2013, 9:05 GMT

    with Shane Watson & Brad Hodge , 2 great players of shorter version of cricket, along with Rahul Dravid and some highly talented Iindian Allrounders we can expect with some luck RR may lift the cup once again.

  • Kunal-Talgeri on April 15, 2013, 9:23 GMT

    If Rajasthan Royals makes it to the top four, or wins (given the luck involved in the T20 format), Bangalore will still rejoice. Rajasthan may own Rahul Dravid, but he belongs to Bangalore in every sense.

  • matchfixerpkn on April 15, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    both sreesanth and praveen kuamr are much better than dinda,ishant,shammi ahmed in any pitch in any format..

  • subbuamdavadi on April 15, 2013, 9:49 GMT

    The IPL should be about India - the way The Big Bash is about Australian cricketers (primarily!). In this respect, it is indeed heartening that teams such as RR promote young Indian talents. Even 'Sir' Jadeja came up through the RR ranks, same as Ajinkya Rahane. But it is indeed surprising that Rajasthan fast bowlers such as Pankaj Singh, do not find a place in the RR team.

  • QingdaoXI on April 15, 2013, 10:06 GMT

    The Best XI for RR would be 1. Shane Watson 2. Ajinkya Rahane 3. Rahul Dravid 4. Sachin Baby/Stuart Binny 5. Brad Hodge 6. Sanju Samson 7. James Faulkner 8 Kevon Cooper 9. Ankit Chavan 10. Sreesanth 11. Trivedi. Sreesanth and Faulkner can open the Bowling with Cooper, Trivedi and Chavan bowling in middle overs and if necessary Watto can bowl over or 2. On spinning surface they should Play perera in place of Hodge. Watson, Rahane, Dravid, Binny, Perera, Baby, Faulkner, Cooper, Chavan, Sreesanth, Harmeet.

  • on April 15, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    good bowling by sreesanth i think the damage which has done by sreesanth was the turnning point of the match. i think that RR need dravid in this march to score some runs. Sorry RR fans but i have to said that the team RR have is not who team who can qulify for play offs. the form of watson will be imortant for RR. i think kxip is more better team then they played in this match. they have some big aus players. which is the key point for kxip.

  • Pinarsh255 on April 15, 2013, 10:17 GMT

    In T20, 3 out of 4 matches, I think is more than acceptable. Though it is a small sample, it seems Sreeshant needs someone like Dravid as his captain. Because of his temperament(or lack of it) he has lost a lot of things. It will be nice if he can play good 2-3 years of test cricket. Agree with Anubhav. I think he has got 2 MOM in SA. When he is in mood, in rhythm, he is a graceful bowler. Upright seam position, lovely late out-swing. Because of the past record he may get a recall for SA series. India should go with 5 pace bowlers in the team. Umesh, Zaheer, Sreeshant, Ishant, Bhuvi would be my five.