Botha willing to move down the order for Watson

Last Updated: Apr 11, 2011, 21:36 PM IST

Jaipur: Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Johan Botha said he is ready to move down the order in his side`s remaining IPL matches when Australian Shane Watson returns from national duty.

Watson hit a record 15 sixes in a career-best 185 not out in Australia`s nine-wicket win over Bangladesh in Dhaka and Botha said he is ready to vacate the number three slot he occupied against Deccan Chargers for the Aussie.

"Yes I had loved to bat at number three and would like to do so but Shane is likely to join the team in a couple of days and I might be asked to play at any other number. He is the best player in world and I am ready to bat anywhere my captain Shane Warne asks me to," said Botha, the star performer in RR`s victory over Deccan Chargers with an unbeaten 67.

Rajasthan Royals take on Delhi Daredevils here tomorrow and both refused to read much into the lacklustre batting of the Virender Sehwag-led side against Mumbai Indians in New Delhi on Sunday.

They have some very good batsmen in Virender Sehwag, David Warner and Aaron Finch who are capable of hitting 80-odd runs off 60 balls to wrest the match away from us. But we want concentrate on our strengths rather than worrying about the things which we can`t control," said Botha.

Asked about former India captain Rahul Dravid getting stuck at times when the innings need big push, "We can`t blame him for a bit slow knock in previous match. He gets stuck at times but that happens to most of the batsmen. He is a great player and his role is to provide stability to the batting order."

Speaking about New Zealand`s Jacob Oram, who had suffered a groin injury in last match, Botha said his inclusion in the playing eleven would be decided on match day.

"We will have a final look at him tomorrow morning. It is a long tournament and we have to plan accordingly," he said.

PTI