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We are fortunate to have Gayle from the start: Vettori

Last Updated: Tuesday, April 03, 2012, 18:20
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We are fortunate to have Gayle from the start: VettoriBangalore: Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Daniel Vettori is hoping to erase the tag of slow starters and feels he is fortunate to have big-hitting West Indian opener Chris Gayle from the start of IPL-V.

"We are fortunate to have Gayle from the start as well and this makes a big difference," Vettori told reporters during RCB`s practice session at the Chinnaswamy Satdium here.

Vettori said it is always difficult for players coming in from different parts of the world playing different form of cricket as it takes some time to adapt to the pitches and gel together as a team.

"Next three to four days are key ...," he said.

Talking further on Gayle, Vettori said the team can`t expect him to bat well in every game like he did in last IPL, but needed a few more rollicking innings to achieve the same success this year.

On over-dependence on the top four batsmen, Vettori said it is a 120-ball game and the top four come into play for the majority of the match, but they have to be extremely careful.

However, the team is fortunate to have Cheteshwar Pujara back from injuries, and the likes of Tillakratne Dilshan and Andrew Mcdonald coming in would make a huge difference.

On Virat Kohli, Vettori said he was an amazingly mature batsmen who knows his role more than other team members. "He is confident and extremely talented player," he said.

About Muralitharan Murali, Vettori said having his experience and skill within the team is a huge asset.

"Murali is going to play a huge part whenever the situation arises," he said.

Talking about the Chinnaswamy wicket, Vettori said the team was very successful playing here, especially Virat, Gayle and AB de Villiers in the last IPL.

"It is a good wicket and got bit of a pace. We really enjoyed it last year. I think we will try to play to our strength as much as possible this IPL too," he said.

Vettori is hopeful of winning the league this year saying "we have a strong squad and have some nice new additions ... The guys are feeling pretty good and confident."


First Published: Monday, April 02, 2012, 22:06


mark haye - london
i know gayle is going to lead from the front once again

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